Delaware Water Gap

Delaware Water Gap

CROSSING the Pocono Mountains, I'm enjoying the Allegheny plateau before descending to the New Jersey shore.  The plateau is full of woods, hills and valleys, lakes and streams, that attract vacationers to recreational areas, lodges, and retreat centers -- a beautiful natural playground just hours from the populated metropolitan areas. The highway follows the river valley through the Delaware Water Gap, a narrow gorge on the New Jersey border where the river cuts through a high Appalachian ridge. The gap is an interesting geological feature formed when the plateau lifted some 500 million years ago and the underlying rock cracked, allowing the Delaware River to slowly cut a path through the shattered quartzite beneath. If the underlying rock had been more resistant, the river wouldn't have been able to cut through the mountain to form this spectacular gateway.

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I'm tempted to join the Appalachian trail which crosses these knobby peaks and extends south to Georgia, but my current goal is to complete my journey to New York (which isn't that far away.) Perhaps I'll walk some of the trail on my return trip later...

Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail

Week 34, Miles 2848,  Weather 87F🌦

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