Would love to know the story behind this. I found it while hiking along the Big Flatbrook. It simply said, “Pops”.
In the previous post we shared some of the best “drive-to” leaf peeping spots in the NY/NY/PA tri-state area. Now, we’re going to show spots that require a little, and sometimes a lot, more effort.
Two mountains provide breathtaking views of the Delaware Water Gap. One is Mount Tammany on the New Jersey side, just off of Rt. 80. The best views are along the red dot trail. It is, however, the more difficult of the two trails.
There are a couple of spots to take in the views, and if you continue to the top, you will find large areas on fire with blueberry bushes sporting their fall colors. MAP
On the opposite side of the Delaware, in Pennsylvania, is Mount Minsi. You can get to the trail via Lake Rd. in the town of Delaware Water Gap. The white-blazed Appalachian Trail is the most scenic route but can be difficult in spots. There is a much easier route to the summit via a woods road, but it does not have the views along the way. MAP
Farther north on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware is the Cliff Trail along the Raymondskill Ridge. There are a number of overlooks that afford the opportunity to take in the beauty of the Delaware Valley. Filmmakers were so taken by the awe inspiring views that some of the scenery were used as stand-ins in a number of early Westerns. MAP
If you look down from the cliff and across Rt. 209, you will see meadows and farm fields that are intersected by a trail. This is called McDade Trail. Spanning 31 miles along the Delaware River, it runs the gamut from easy to challenging and offers scenic river views, shady forested areas, wide open farm fields and bustling wetlands. It even throws in some history for good measure. MAP
You can read a little about them here: Hop
This little guy kept me company as I waited in a meadow for the hummingbird moths to arrive. Although, he finally got bored and left.
There are about 11,000 different species of grasshopper worldwide, and they can eat about half their body weight in plants each day. Unfortunately for them, they are a good source of protein and are commonly consumed by people in African and Central and South American countries.
Some species make noises by either rubbing their back legs against the forewings or body, or by snapping their wings when flying. They can leap about a meter long, which is the human equivalent to jumping more than a football field’s length.
White-tailed deer are the smallest members of the North American deer family. They can run at speeds up to 30 miles per hour, leap as high as 10 feet and as far as 30 feet and can swim up to 13 miles per hour.
Located on the sides of their heads, their eyes give them 310 degrees of vision. They
have a four-chambered stomach and highly specialized teeth that help them bite through vegetation and grind it up when they chew.
They get their name from the white hair growing on the underside of their tails, which they use to communicate with other deer. When they sense danger, they raise their tails, stomp the ground and snort.
The does give birth to 1-3 young at a time, usually in May or June, after a gestation period of seven months. The fawns are born with reddish, spotted coats that help to camouflage them. They are also born odorless, so as not to attract predators.
If a doe has twins, she will hide them in different locations and stay out of the area to minimize her scent, which could attract predators. However, she will usually stay within 100 yards of her young.
Bucks have a prominent set of antlers that are grown in the spring and shed in the winter. They are used to fight other bucks during the rut, when they are competing for females. In rare cases, females will grow antlers due to abnormally levels of
testosterone. Shed whitetail deer antlers are rarely found in nature, they are often eaten by rodents and other small animals because they are rick in calcium and other nutrients.