Early Summer At The Lehigh Gap
The forecast called for some rain in the afternoon Sunday here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It was the first weekend of summer. I left my home a early and drove to the Lehigh River near the Lehigh Gap. I parked at the entrance to the Lehigh and New England Trail in Bowmanstown and began my walk along the north side of the Blue Mountain.
It was cloudy and humid when I started. I began my walk on the wide and well maintained New England and Lehigh Trail . I soon left this trail and followed the steeper, more rugged and overgrown Double G Loop Trail up to the Chestnut Oak Trail.
The trail climbed upward through a forest of chestnut oaks trees. Last time I was here in early Spring the trees were bare . Now they had a lush growth of new leaves. The ground was also covered with a variety of species of ferns.
The clouds broke and the sun shone through. I heard the songs of many birds in the tree tops but I could not see a single one. I walked the trail through the heavy growth of ferns until it ran into the Prairie Grass Tree.
I walked the trail down to the visitor center. Here is a link of some more photographs from the first part of my hike. Lehigh Gap hike part one June 24 2018.
and this beautiful red-eyed vireo. Here is a link to some more photographs of the bird I saw on my hike. Lehigh Gap hike birds. June 24 2018.
I followed the Three Pond Trail it back up to the new England and Lehigh trail and the short walk back to my car. It was hot and I was tired from my seven mile hike. But it didn’t rain and I again got to see the splendid scenery and some wildlife in the woodlands of Pennsylvania. Here is a link to some more photographs from my early summer hike. Lehigh Gap D&L hike June 24 2018.
The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood. His intercourse with heaven and earth, becomes part of his daily food. Ralph Waldo Emerson