Hiking the Bridge to the NJ/PA State Line on the AT

The Appalachian Trail crossing the I-80 Bridge across the Delaware River as the trail heads toward the NJ/PA state line, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Pennsylvania

The Appalachian Trail crossing the I-80 Bridge across the Delaware River as the trail heads toward the NJ/PA state line

I don’t hike the AT much, but it seems like when I do, it’s either in North Carolina or New Jersey/Pennsylvania.  I don’t know why; maybe it’s just because the AT is a convenient trail in those areas.  At any rate, a real highlight of AT hiking for me last summer was walking to the New Jersey/Pennsylvania State Line in the Delaware Water Gap.  It was especially special since the state line is in the middle of the river, so we had to cross a huge bridge, right beside I-80, to get to it!

 

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The Delaware River near the I-80 / Appalachian Trail Bridge, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Pennsylvania

The Delaware River

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Gear Review: Nalgene HDPE Water Bottle

The narrow mouth (left) and wide mouth Nalgene HDPE water bottles (the wide mouth is about 8 years old, thus the color difference)

The narrow mouth (left) and wide mouth Nalgene HDPE water bottles (the wide mouth is about 8 years old, thus the color difference)

What can I say?  The Nalgene HDPE Wide Mouth Water Bottle (1-Pint) have done us incredibly well.  Over the last 8 years they’ve been sat on, kicked, dropped, tossed, jostled together in a backpack, lost, found, and bumped all over the place.  They’ve survived temperature extremes from the 100s to well below freezing, 41 states, a couple provinces, hundreds of miles on the trail, and even toddlers (quite the accomplishment!)  And are they in perfect condition for it?  Not at all!  None of them have their original writing, one is lost somewhere in the desert of Utah, and two are beginning to leak.  But when the time came to replace them, it wasn’t a hard choice to go for Nalgene HDPE bottles again…albeit with a narrow mouth tops for a change.

 

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Our water bottles (peaking out of the packs) made it to within a couple miles (as the crow flies) from the cone of Mt. Baker!  Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

Our water bottles (peaking out of the packs) made it to within a couple miles (as the crow flies) from the cone of Mt. Baker!

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Hiking Third Beach to Strawberry Point: Rain Forests and Sea Stacks

The Giant's Graveyard from the beaches south of Third Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington

The Giant’s Graveyard from the beaches south of Third Beach

I wanted a beach walk.  And I wanted sea stacks.  And it had to be long – at least, longer than a mile or two each way.  And since I was at Mt. Baker, Olympic National Park wasn’t too far out of the way, right?

 

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Driftwood along the beach, Olympic National Park, Washingon

Driftwood along the beach

So I looked at all the beaches in Olympic, studying pictures, trail descriptions, and regulations, and decided that Third Beach would be just about right.  There weren’t any …Read More

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10 Suggestions for Getting The Most out of the Mayflower II

The Mayflower II in Plymouth Harbor, MA

The Mayflower II

I’ve been on the Mayflower II twice – once when I was about 8 and a second time in 2014.    Both times were an interesting experience, although as much as I enjoyed it as a child, I’m sure I appreciated it more as an adult.  The costumed interpreters (and non-costumed interpreters) were fascinating, so happy to talk about the time period of the pilgrims. And just experiencing the famed Mayflower was so interesting.  I’d highly recommend it if you’re in the area and don’t mind spending a few $$.

 

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Top 10 Pages on Anne’s Travels in 2014

Spray Park - which, social media mentions wise, was the most popular hike! Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington

Spray Park – which, social media mentions wise, was the most popular hike!

So I thought I’d post the pages on Annestravels.net that were most-visited during 2014.  I know, I know, it’s not even 2015 yet.  But considering the numbers, I don’t think much will change in the next week and a half :-)

 

So here they are – from most visited to lesser visited.  Enjoy!

 

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(Accidentally) Visiting Nooksack Falls

Nooksack Falls, Mt. Baker National Forest, Washington

Nooksack Falls

We wanted a place to eat lunch.  Really, that’s all we were looking for.  A convenient dirt side road appeared as we drove along the Mt. Baker Highway, so we took it, figuring we could, at the very least, pull over in the pines and make sandwiches (not to mention get the homemade jelly out of the cooler – yum!)  That’s how we stumbled into the parking area for Nooksack Falls.  After lunch we couldn’t very well just leave, so we took the short trail to see the falls.

 

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Now that instills confidence...actually, it's a lot safer than many waterfalls I've visited.  These are the signs at the beginning of the trail.  Nooksack Falls, Mt. Baker National Forest, Washington

Now that instills confidence…actually, it’s a lot safer than many waterfalls I’ve visited. These are the signs at the beginning of the trail.

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Sunset on the Plymouth Jetty

The Plymouth Jetty, Plymouth, MA

The Plymouth Jetty

One of my hiking companions has always wanted to walk the Plymouth Jetty.  When he first visited Plymouth, MA some 45 years ago as a kid, he wanted to do it…but it didn’t pan out.  A couple weeks ago, some wonderful friends invited us to visit them and took us to Plymouth again.  High on our list was to walk out on the Jetty…and we finally did it!

 

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Views over Plymouth Harbor from the Plymouth Jetty, Plymouth, MA

Views over Plymouth Harbor

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12 Places Worth Visiting at Least 10 miles Down a Dirt Road

The rough Potash Road in Utah, Canyonlands National Park

The rough Potash Road in Utah

I can’t say I travel to get to the dirt roads.  But when that’s all that is between me and a lovely I hike I want to take, let’s just say I’m very willing to tackle the road.  Some are short – an access road to a trailhead – while others stretch on for mile after mile of bone-jarring, jolting potholes and washboard.  My waterloo?  4×4 roads.  The van has non-slip (which has gotten us out of more than one scrape, in the desert and on snow), but it balks at sand, mud, and drops that were never intended for a 2×4 vehicle.  Anyway, I thought I’d put together a list of some of the sights I think are worth seeing but that are quite a ways down a dirt road…more than 10 miles, in fact!

 

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One of the nicer sections of the River Road in Big Bend National Park, Texas

One of the nicer sections of the River Road in Big Bend National Park

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Lovely Mt. Rainier Views from Spray Park

One of the best views of Mt. Rainier in Spray Park, Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington

One of the best views of Mt. Rainier in Spray Park

Often, the reason the lesser-known parts of national parks are lesser-known is because they aren’t worth seeing.  Or at least, they’re not as nice as the better-known parts.  But that simply isn’t true of the northwest section of Mt. Rainier National Park.  I wish I’d had more time to explore it, but the road into the area and Spray Park were out-of-this-world beautiful.  Beyond Mt. Rainier – which was just stunning – the nearby peaks were also nice, and the meadows full of wildflowers added to the beauty.  There was still a fair amount of snow in early August (and that after a warmer than average summer), but it didn’t stop us from tramping up the trail to the best view of Rainier – right as the clouds covered the summit!  Still, I’d highly recommend the trail and the views to anyone in the area who can make it through some rougher terrain on a decent trail.

 

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A set of stairs in Spray Park, Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington

A set of stairs in Spray Park

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Location Review: The Hobo Pool, A Great Free Hot Spring in Wyoming

The Not So Hot Pool at the Hobo Pool, Saratoga, Wyoming

The Not So Hot Pool at the Hobo Pool

What?  Another free hot spring, complete with showers, in Wyoming?  And it’s only 20 minutes off of I-80?  Why haven’t I heard of it before!?!  The Hobo Pool in Saratoga, WY isn’t particularly well-known, but it sure is nice.  Two pools for soaking (different temperatures) sit, warm and peaceful, next to an almost-new bath house and steps away from the cold water of the Platte River.  Although it was a bit difficult to find, it was well worth the time off the highway and worth the stop!

 

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