By Guest Blogger: Roman H
The Great Outdoors – If you’re looking for someplace to get away to for the day and you’re in the NY/NJ/PA region, try the Delaware Water Gap if you’ve never been there – or even if you have but it’s been a while. We’ve hiked there several times over the years and it never fails to amaze for its beauty regardless of the time of year. It’s also a great hike for the family no matter what age your kids are – if they are infants put them in a back pack.
To get there from Jersey, take I-80 West…it runs right through the Gap and trail heads are off the highway. The basic hike at the Gap itself (as opposed to some of the other areas like Sunfish Pond) takes about 4 hours round trip. To get to the top of Mt. Tammany you have the choice of two routes – the Red Dot Trail or the Blue Dot Trail. The Red Dot is shorter (1.5 miles) but steeper while the Blue Dot is about 2.5 miles. We prefer to go steeper earlier and then follow the Blue Dot back which takes you along the absolutely stunning Dunnfield Creek. Following one waterfall after the next, each prettier than the one before it is a great way to wind up your hike. Words of caution – bring plenty of water, snacks and be prepared for the weather to change without warning. It’s also usually quite cooler and windier at the top (as you might expect.)
The writer of The Balanced Guy, Roman Horoszewski, is not particularly balanced but he’s definitely trying to be. He makes the effort by not only doing “guy stuff” but also spending time with his three sons and wife while attempting to remain informed about the world around him. He and his family live in the Princeton, NJ area.