Less Snow And More Ducks: A Hike Along The Walnutport Canal
A late Winter storm dumped over eight inches of snow around my home in Luzerne County in Northeastern Pennsylvania on Saturday. Rather then trudge through the snow on my Sunday hike I decide to drive 30 miles south and hike on the Walnutport Canal Spur Trail in Lehigh County.
A brilliant sun was shining in clear blue skies when I arrived at the trailhead along the Lehigh River. It was a frigid 20 degrees here but this was 8 degrees warmer than the 12 degrees temperature back home in the mountains of Luzerne County.
Walking up to the canal trail I was pleased to find only about two inches of snow on the ground. It was still more than I like to hike on but better than 8 inches back home. I headed south on the trail. This trail is a spur of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Trail (D & L Trail) . The main trail is across the river in Slatington. The spur trail follows the remains of the old Lehigh Canal.
Built in the 1820’s it remained in operation until the 1930’s. There is an old lockkeepers house along the trail. I have provided more information and links in previous blog post from my hikes along the trail. You can locate them in my blog archives using the search tool.
There were a number of different styles species of domestic ducks on the canal, and some semi-domestic mallard ducks too. The iridescent head feathers of the male male mallards changed colors in the morning sunlight as the ducks moved on the cold waters.
and, many more song sparrows that were feeding on some water plants growing along the edge of the canals. Here is a link to a gallery in my blog website with more photos of the ducks and other birds I saw on my hike. Walnutport Canal birds March 13 2022.
I walked past the lockkeepers house and into the town. As I walked past the old house on the other side of the canal, I reflected, as I often do, about the residents who lived there. The folks who were born, grew up and died here over the last two hundred year. The old trees along the trail have memories of many children going to school, playing in the waters of the canal, growing up, young couples staring at the moon, getting married. having children, raising families and getting old, under their branches. And now the will remember me enjoying their beauty on this cold March morning. I hope to provide them with more memories over the next few decades, God willing. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos from my hike along the canal. Walnutport Canal March 13 2022.
There’s a little white duck sitting in the water,
A little white duck doing what he oughter,
He took a bite of a lily pad,
Flapped his wings and he said, “I’m glad
I’m a little white duck sitting in the water,
Quack! Quack! Quack!” [W. Barrows and B. Zaritzky,