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Steve, Katherine, and Norah | profile | all galleries >> Northeast Photographs >> Delaware Water Gap Weekend - Mt. Tammany Race, George W. Childs waterfalls, and bird banding March '14 tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Delaware Water Gap Weekend - Mt. Tammany Race, George W. Childs waterfalls, and bird banding March '14

Steve had his first race of the season at Mt. Tammany in the Delaware Water Gap and we decided to make a weekend out of it. We stayed in Stroudsburg Friday night and were up early the next morning to take Steve to the race. They started at 6:30 am and had ten loops to do over Mt. Tammany. Each loop was four miles and 1200 feet elevation gain over a rocky, technical course. And thanks to our wicked winter, the descent was full of ice, snow, and slush which slowed everybody down. The cutoff is starting the tenth loop by ten hours. Steve finished in 10 hours 50 minutes - great race!

Originally I thought Norah and I would hike the mountain too, but with the icy conditions we opted for other activities. We found a bird banding program being held at the Monroe County Conservation District's Environmental Education Center and enjoyed watching the "Ring and Fling" process. The birds were caught in a net and removed to small cotton bags. The birds were weighed, measured, banded, and released. We enjoyed the program.

On Sunday we took a short walk at the George W. Childs Recreation Area. This area was originally a state park and recently reopened in 2013 with a revamped trail. There was still a lot of ice so we wore our microspikes. We walked on the trail, stairs, and bridges to view three different waterfalls, which were really flowing.
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Mt. Tammany
Mt. Tammany
Norah by the Delaware River
Norah by the Delaware River
Steve and Nick finishing their final loop
Steve and Nick finishing their final loop
Because forty miles wasn't enough
Because forty miles wasn't enough
Done!
Done!
Finisher!
Finisher!
Steve and his rock trophy
Steve and his rock trophy
Pie for the finishers!  They certainly earned it.
Pie for the finishers! They certainly earned it.
Steve clocked in at 10 hrs 50 minutes - great race!
Steve clocked in at 10 hrs 50 minutes - great race!
Steve with the organizers
Steve with the organizers
Birds caught in the net
Birds caught in the net
Feisty titmouse
Feisty titmouse
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