As some of you may know, from my past blog posts, I am a lifelong Philadelphia Eagles football fan. It was an exciting weekend for Eagles Fans. The Eagles won their first Super Bowl on Sunday!!!! On Saturday, before the game, I decided to drive to the Lehigh Gap Nature Center and see if I could see a live bald eagle for good luck and in anticipation of the big game.
I have been to the Lehigh Gap Nature Center before. It is where the Appalachian Trail crosses the Lehigh River. I have hiked up atop the Blue Mountain on the trail from here. This time I decided to hike north on the D & L trail. It was partly sunny and a frigid 15 degrees when I began my hike.
He or she flew directly over me and was looking down at me as he or she flew overhead. I thought she or he nodded her head, telling me the Eagles will do just fine. I am always thrilled to see our National symbol in the wild. Even more so the day before my Eagles played in the Super Bowl. These majestic birds came so close to extinction a few decades ago. I knew it was good sign for me and my Philadelphia Eagles. And sure enough it was. The Philadelphia Eagles flew just as high, beating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. Here is a link to some more photographs of the eagle. Bald Eagle February 3 2018.
I walked out to the Three Ponds Trail, about two miles out from the nature center. The trail winds around some wetlands and three large ponds. The ponds are now frozen and lifeless but I would think there would be a lot of wildlife activity in the warmer months.
It consists of native grasses which have grown on the soil that was contaminated by a zinc plants that operated nearby during the last century. I remember the barren hillsides when I would travel to Philadelphia as a child. The plant was closed and, with the help of conservationists, the hillsides are now making a comeback.
In addition to the magnificent views of river, mountains and towns below, I also saw this house in the distance atop Marshall’s Hill in Palmerton. It is remodeled now but I remember when it was run down and dilapidated. It looked like the house from the Adam’s Family. It was built by a retired Civil War general, Elisha Marshall, and was said to be haunted.
I returned to the Nature Center seeing this beautiful blue bird along the way. Here is a link to some more birds I saw on my hike. Lehigh Gap Birds
I enjoyed my hike in the Lehigh Gap and will be back to explore the many trails in warmer weather. I left feeling good having seen an eagle. I knew it was a good omen. And it was. My Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl Champions. Fly Eagles Fly!!!! Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. Lehigh Gap Nature Center hike February 3 2018.
“Farewell,” they cried, “Wherever you fare till your eyries receive you at the journey’s end!” That is the polite thing to say among eagles.
“May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks,” answered Gandalf, who knew the correct reply.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien