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Highest Point in Delaware and Cape Henlopen Beach

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Cape Henlopen Beach

Cape Henlopen Beach

If you love state high points and beaches then you’re going to want to check this out!  Now, Delaware may not be home to the highest of all high points, but you can’t skip over the easy ones; it’s just as special as the rest of them.

And I didn’t just head to the beach to head to the beach… this beach is quite relevant to my future.  You see, as most of you know, I’m going to walk/run across the country next year and this beach is actually the starting point of my journey.  And I have to say, the beach at Cape Henlopen is gorgeous!  It goes on for miles and miles and it was nearly empty when I went, but the wind, crashing waves, hungry birds and jets flying overhead kept me company.

And now I’m sure you’re ready to watch the video below to see it all for yourself…

HOW DO YOU GET HERE?

If you want to check out Delaware’s high point, in Wilmington, Delaware, then CLICK HERE for directions.  The high point marker and sign are right beside the sidewalk, but you can turn into Ramblewood Drive and find a place to park alongside the road there, like I did.

And if you want to check out Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Delaware then CLICK HERE for directions.  This will take you to where you want to park if you want to see the start of the American Discovery Trail, and there’s a trail that goes right to the beach from there.  But be aware that you will have to pay a fee to get into the state park.

HELPFUL TIPS

There are actually three different high point markers in the same general area, but the one you’re looking for is directly beside the sidewalk.  In fact, the sidewalk has a notch cut out of it so they could avoid pouring concrete over the marker; it’s hard to miss, even if there are some leaves over it.

If you don’t really care about seeing the start of the American Discovery Trail and the signs they have there, then you can park in the huge parking lot right before the road I direct you to above.  The bigger parking lot is right outside of a bathhouse and a boardwalk, so you can get to the beach just as easily from there.

WANT MORE?

If that wasn’t enough for you then check out the official site for Cape Henlopen State Park: http://www.destateparks.com/park/cape-henlopen/

And here are more pictures:

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Golden Eagle Trail

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

View near Raven's Horn

View near Raven’s Horn

If you love taking long hikes to awesome mountain views, then you’re going to want to check out this trail!

Now, this trail has been called “the best day hike in Pennsylvania” and, while I would probably give that title to the Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen State Park, this is one trail you should definitely explore.  In fact, this was my second time attempting to hike this trail, because the first time my friend and I ended up hiking up someone’s driveway, instead of the trail.  So, the first time, we only managed to hike a small portion of trail, but the second time I was a bit more successful.

I went alone, I saw slithering creatures, came across many hikers and saw some amazing views.  But you can tap into almost everthing I saw by watching the video below…

HOW DO YOU GET HERE?

If you’d like to hike the Golden Eagle Trail in Cammal, Pennsylvania then CLICK HERE for directions to where you’re going to want to park.  Once you park in the parking area, just cross the road and you’ll see a big sign for the start of the trail.  Parking is free and there’s usually plenty of room.

HELPFUL TIPS

The Golden Eagle trail is a little bit over a 9 mile hike, so you’ll definitely want to be wearing some comfortable boots, have plenty of water and probably bring some food with you.  Depending on what time of year you come, you might have to cross a small “run” of water, but I went in the late summer and there really wasn’t much water to been seen.  But, I would recommend that you hike the trail in a clockwise pattern, so that you can get your legs warmed up  for the steep incline and save the best view for last.

And you will want to watch for snakes, because I came across a timber rattlesnake and a garter snake, neither of which did me any harm.  The timber rattlesnake was down in the lower part of the trail and stayed curled up as I walked by.  It didn’t rattle, move or anything, so don’t worry about them trying to attack you; they will more than likely make some noise and try to get away.  And the garter snake was almost up near the top of Raven’s Horn, just slithering down the trail beside me… nothing to worry about with this one.

WANT MORE?

If that wasn’t enough for you, then check out the site that feels it’s the best day hike in PA, here: http://www.pahikes.com/trails/golden-eagle-trail/119-golden-eagle-trail-best-day-hike-in-pennsylvania

And if you’d like to travel the trail through the magic of video, without my face popping up, then watch the instrumental version below:

And here are some more pictures:

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