Sunshine, And Some Ice At The Lehigh River Gorge
The cold air that started to filter in Northeastern Pennsylvania on Friday, settled in Saturday night. I awoke on Sunday morning to clear blue skies, a strong wind a frigid, but average in these parts, 18 degrees. I decided to return to the Lehigh River Gorge in Rockport to see how much ice had formed on the cliffs and rocks of the gorge with the arrival of colder temperatures.
It was sunny and a cold 20 degrees when I arrived at the Rockport access to the Lehigh River. The sunshine gave an entirely different look to the trail compared to the cloudy conditions of the prior week. And this week there were already a half dozen hikers on the trail ahead of me.
When I hiked here the week before I was surprised to find almost no ice formations on the cliffs and rocky ledges that surround the river. This is very unusual in January. Most years icicles and columns of ice formations appear. On Sunday I found the return of the cold weather had already started to transform the flowing and dripping water into some ice in the gorge.
Like the week before, and many other hikes in the Lehigh River gorge, I saw no wildlife on my entire 5 mile hike, not a sparrow or squirrel. And I heard one bird I couldn’t identify chirping in the rhododendron thickets, staying well hidden in the leaves. I am not sure why there is so little wildlife here, but I seldom see any on my hikes.
However upon returning to the parking area I saw a number of parked vehicles . I guess these folks decided on the trail exposed to the sun. But I had no complaints with my frigid hike along the river. It was peaceful, as it always is ,regardless of the weather.
I’m expecting their to be even more impressive ice formations in the gorge next week and I will be there to find out. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs from my hike in the Lehigh River Gorge. Rockport Lehigh River. January 24 2021.
Is not January the hardest month to get through? When you have weathered that you get into the gulf-stream of winter nearer the shores of Spring.— David Thoreau Journal, 2 February 1854