Long ago, working at American Re-Insurance, I made two friends who remain my hiking buddies to this day – Phyllis Horner and Tracy Turner. Every couple of months, we’re out and about in nature, either before or after a memorable meal, exploring together. On this Valentine’s Day, the Day of the Heart, I am grateful for all my friends — especially these two, who go back to 1997. And grateful for the health which each of us has won, despite enormous challenges, in recent years — health that grants us continuing access to remarkable natural beauty!
This was actually my Birthday Hike, but our fellowship and the setting were my gifts. This vivid sack, which was full, is not my birthday present.
Realize that this idyllic spot would not be there for us to hike so easily (and I wonder what it looked like to George Washington, to General Cornwallis, in the 1700’s), were it not for prservationists, conservationists, ecologists, who joined together to preserve this historic site. D&R Greenway, where I work, is part of that preservation miracle.
Take the road to Howell Living History Farm, off 29 below Lambertville. Turn left onto Goat Hill Road and wind through dense forest with intriguing houses full of character, tucked into the wilderness. Turn left on Washington Road, which had no name in his day. Park on the left and hike to majestic views, in absolute tranquillity
You can tell that I cannot tell what season this is — and that, of course, is fallout of catastrophic climate change. This was December 12, 2015!
Not many days after Thanksgiving, actually — and this flock of eight turkeys strolled through Tracy’s yard as I took her back home, here in “Society Hill” (Society of Friends – ancient land), Lawrenceville.
There is nothing better than fellowship, wild nature, and my beloved Delaware River!