Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Kittatinny Winter ...

“Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer.”
                       ~ John Muir
                               ~ 1838-1914

The view from the Bobolink Trail, just off the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L Trail) at Lehigh Gap delivers a beautiful vista of both sides of the snow dusted Kittatiny Ridge, also called Blue Mountain, on a winter afternoon.

The Lehigh Gap in Slatington, Pennsylvania, is a crossroads where the Lehigh Gap Nature Center’s trails connect two historic trails – the Appalachian Trail and the D&L Trail.

The Appalachian Trail, a foot path, follows the ridge on both sides of the Lehigh Gap, running 1,245 miles south to Georgia and 930 miles north to Maine. Running from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol, the D&L Trail passes through the Lehigh and Delaware rivers and their canals in Pennsylvania.

The Bobolink Trail connects the D&L Trail with the Lehigh and New England (LNE) Trail about 1.2 miles north and west of the Osprey House at Lehigh Gap Nature Center. The Bobolink Trail is named for the Bobolink, a representative of the migrant grassland bird species that the Lehigh Gap Nature Center hopes to attract to the refuge’s re-vegetated prairie grasslands.