Sunday, August 16, 2009

Third Time's A Charm

When: Sunday, August 16th, from 7am to 1pm
Where: Worthington State Forest, near the Delaware Water Gap, Warren County
What: Hiking to Mount Tammy and Sunfish Pond with my sister.
Weather: It got hot, but we started early.


This was the third time that Janel planned to hike Mount Tammany with me. It was the first time that we set foot on the trail together. It would be the third time that I finished the hike.

It was a great day.

We knew that it was going to get hot, so we set out early and it paid off. We did the now ritual Red Blaze-Blue Blaze-Green Blaze-White Blaze, but this time, did it at a record pace. My sister and I finished the 13ish mile hike in just shy of 6 hours.

Yeah, we rock.

This time, for unknown reasons, the first mile and a half up to Mount Tammany nearly killed me. The short stretch of trail climbs 1,250 feet in its short existence, and is a well known ass-kicker amongst hikers in New Jersey. For some reason, it took me awhile to get started today, and seeing as that part of the hike is the first part of the hike, it gave me some trouble.

It all worked out though, and after 45 minutes, I had made it up to Mount Tammany, hydrated, ate some trail mix and was in great shape for the more casual stroll up to Sunfish Pond.

It was a great day. The only minor disappointment was that my photograph of the Northern Copperhead continued to elude me. I'm saving a space for it, right next the Timber Rattlesnake picture that I scored just over a year ago.

It's "allgood" though. Pretty soon I'll have 10 straight days in West Virginia to make sure that I don't go another summer without it.

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