Bullfrogs and Whipporwills woke me at 4:30 am this morning. It was lovely, but earlllllly!
Turns out it was a blessing being up that early. I had my breakfast, coffee, and was ready to shuttle my friend Bear Spray to an AT Trailhead. She was completing her first section in New Jersey!
I had a shorter goal. Hike from the Visitor Center to the Monument on the AT with Sidekick Pauli. 🙂
It is a rocky, but beautiful short section of the AT, followed by a steep climb on a side trail to the Monument.
The weather was somewhat cooperating, cool, cloudy, and humid. The sky was heavy and dark with clouds that promised more rain this afternoon.
Along our AT trek we caught an occasional glimpse of the Monument, an immense obelisk at 220 feet tall marking the highest spot in New Jersey.
Arriving at the monument, we walked around the base. Clouds were slightly lifted in spots revealing green fields and small towns in the valley.
We returned by following the road down and around Lake Marcia. It was getting hotter and more humid now that the sun had come out!
Sidekick Pauli was delighted to get back to the car and wait for Bear Spray to finish her hike. I was just as joyous, taking time to read more of Radium Girls while lunching on avocados, crackers, and strawberries.
Such a privileged life 🙏