Saturday my mom and I (with others) went up to the Delaware Water Gap in North Jersey. Basically, it’s a mountain ridge where a river runs through two mountains. 90% of all Autumn leaves had fallen off their branches, but I was able to find one tree still showing off (A Love Letter to Autumn). We took some time to overlook the valley below and enjoy the scenery before continuing on.
Along the way we stopped to look at “Indian Head”. When I took this picture, I thought I saw it. According to what I saw it appears to be two sunken eye sockets, a nose and pursed lips. However; upon researching other pictures of “Indian Head”, my view of the landmark was way off. Apparently, if I had just moved 200 meters more to the right, I would have had a better shot of the “Indian Head” formation from the rock ridge. The profile is small and is at the very top of the mountain. If you look closely, you can see the forehead, nose and chin. But I still my version of the angled “Indian Head” is easier to see. While editing this photo, I came across a very weird thing. If you look at my logo below “JavaGirl’s Life Photography”, between the “s” and “l”, run your finger up towards two green trees. Between the two trees and a rock, it appears to be a man wearing a white t-shirt and standing there looking straight at the camera. Maybe it’s just my wild imagination. Upon further investigation, I zoomed into my picture and the pixels didn’t really show a human, but more of a series of white rocks with brown things around it making it appear to look like a man standing there.
We stopped along the way and decided to overlook down at the beach where the river was. There was a very steep set of stairs leading down to the beach. One wrong mistep and I would have tumbled down at a faster rate than I would have wanted into the sandy beach below.
Once safely below with the soft sand, I was able to look around. I took this picture, but it still does not show the beauty of it. Since I like making my photos with a bit of vintage feel, this photo makes the beach from a time long ago, even though it was taken Saturday. The water was still, but deceiving. There was a huge sign before the steeps stairs that said “no swimming across the river”. To me, it looked innocent enough, but there is a strong current underneath the calm waters. I know why they put the sign there. Being there on the beach with the beautiful sky above, the wind rustling the tree branches and the echo of your voice in the mountains, one can only imagine wading through the river to the other side. The place is very enchanging in an almost hypnotic way. I like this photo because of the way the Fall leaves go from dry land to being submerged in the water. I just like that for some reason.
For lunch, we stopped at the cutest little farmer’s bakery in the small and rustic village in the mountains.
It’s getting to look a lot like Christmas.
They have the best grilled cheese sandwich I’ve ever tasted! I am definately coming back there to have it again. They are known for their pies as you can see. The entire store is full of delicious pies, cookies, candy and artwork. You can even watch them make the pies in front of you. I love the feeling of authenticity of a small village when I walked in.
After wolfing down our lunch, we didn’t have much time to see the waterfalls, so we rushed to make it in time to see the wolves at Lakota Wold Preserve.
There must have been about 80 people there for the afternoon visiting session. Due to strict rules, my mom had to stay behind with her dog along the side road. Dogs are not allowed in the wolf premises even though the wolves are a mile away. Once on the bus, we rode (one mile into the mountains) on a very bumpy road much reminiscent of the ride I took down at the animal safari in Animal Kindgom. Once there, we got out and handed our tickets to the lady at the entrance. It was fun to see the wolves waiting for us as the rest of the crowd oooh’ed and ahhh’ed at their mere sight. Here is one of them being a bit shy.
This wolf was waiting for her dinner. They are such beautiful creatures. Sorry about the cage fence. If I had taken photos without any fence in the picture, I would have had to pay $250 dollars for a one hour photo session minus the fence. Nevertheless, the picture still came out alright. There were also foxes and bobcats at another area of the property. The information the caretakers told us about the animals there was extremely informative and interesting. Most of the animals there were “pets” that people had but couldn’t take care of them anymore. Lakota Preserve does a lot to help these wolves, bobcats and foxes. All animals are seen by the vet, take their vitamins, are given healthy “fun” food (much like our pizza nights) on Fridays and rotate their cages so they don’t get bored.
By the time the wolf session was over, the sun had almost disappeared into the mountain side and it was getting dark. We returned back to the cute mountain farmer’s bakery and I got myself a delicious Shepard’s Pie which was perfect for a cold night up in the mountains. We packed up and got back on the road for our long drive back home. I will return once summer rolls around to see the mountains in full greenery. There are lots of hiking trails and waterfalls nestled in the mountains to check out, we just ran out of time. I feel the yearning to return once again to the Delaware Water Gap park. Below is the video of our short trip. Hope everyone had a nice weekend!