Fog On The Mountain, And In An Abandoned Cemetery In Upper Lehigh
January is the coldest month of the year here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Most years the ground is covered in snow and the temperatures are well below freezing. Not this year. I awoke today to find an unusual thick fog and a mild 45 degree temperature. I thought about how eerie a walk in an old cemetery would be on such a foggy day. And I remembered visiting an abandoned cemetery near Upper Lehigh so I decided to return and check it out in the fog.
It is about a 9 mile drive to the old coal mining town of Upper Lehigh. It once was a thriving town with over 2000 residents. It had a coal breaker, mansions owned by the coal barons, churches, schools and railroad service. Today it is a sleepy little village. Situated atop a mountain I expected the fog would be thick and it was. I parked my car and followed an old trail toward the cemetery. I lost my way in the thick fog and had to make my way past some large rock formations.
I eventually found the old cemetery. It is located about a 1/4 from the present main street in Upper Lehigh. I was here before and a I am not sure if there were once buildings nearer to the cemetery. There is presently no church in the town nor any sign identifying its association with any church. I visited the cemetery before and here is a link to that blog post with some additional information about it’s history. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/cemeteries-reclamation-and-some-beautiful-scenery-near-upper-lehigh/
I tried to get to the “washout”, an area of severe erosion on the side of the mountain. It was recently repaired will as part of the reclamation of the nearby strip coal mines. However, I couldn’t find the trail in the fog.
There was some recent logging in the area and many large, ancient trees I saw on my last hike were cut down. I was glad it was foggy. I didn’t want to see the devastation the logging did to this old growth forest.
I didn’t see any wildlife in the woods. I heard the chatter of some black-capped chickadees and the cawing of some crows but I could not see them in the thick fog. The only colors I saw on my hike were the bright green mosses growing along the trail and on rocks and tree stumps.
The reclamation was obscured by the thick fog. I decided to head back and followed the dirt road into Upper Lehigh where I finished my five-mile hike in the fog. I know some folks like the snow and cold but I would prefer walking in the warm fog every day during the month of January. Here is a link to a gallery in my blog with more photographs from my hike. Upper Lehigh hike January 4 2020.
“If you want to see what the fog hides in itself, don’t wait for the fog to disperse! Instead of waiting for something to happen in this short life, do something immediately! Enter the fog!”