Last Friday David and I rented a car from Newark Airport to take us west to the mountains on the PA/NJ border. We had rented a small little apartment from Air B&B (highly recommended!) in East Stroudsburg, PA in the Delaware Water Gap. The apartment was just off of a couple’s house and they have been renting the apartment for the past 4 years. They showed us around their property and even gave us access to their kayaks since we were right on the Delaware River.
We were excited, but by the time we had gotten there and settled in, it was dark. We were tired and the apartment was cozy, so we pretty much spent the night inside (minus stopping for some excellent, cheap Jersey-style pizza!).
The next morning we woke up to rain, sadly. It was the pouring east coast rain that did not look like it would ever stop. Since we did not want to get too cold and wet before the wedding that night, we waited inside until it calmed down later in the morning. We waited until 10 am before we grabbed a map of the Delaware Water Gap and took off. We stayed on the Pennsylvania side and headed north. Within five minutes of being on the road, we came across this guy:
I HATE that it turned out blurry. I was in a hurry and tried to zoom in on my iphone (bad mistake) but I caught him before he scampered into the woods. Bears have been very active in this area and just a month ago, a Rutgers student was killed in NJ by a bear, the first human death since the 1850s in NJ. We were in the car and scared him off before we could get a good look at him (her?).
So that was our excitement as we drove north. We stopped at the visitor’s center but it was closed so we decided to head north to some waterfalls. When we got there, we found the road was closed to cars. So we parked the car and hiked in. It was so nice to be alone on this road with the colorful leaves surrounding us.
About a mile in, we reached the first of the falls, but the water level seemed a bit low. They were still impressive and the vegetation was so lush compared to what we get in CO:
We continued hiking in to see the next waterfall, which was a little more impressive:
We noticed some stairs off to the side and took them up. The stairs led us on a maze up and over water so we were standing just on top and behind the falls where we saw more falls:
We then had to turn around so we could shower and get ready for the wedding that night. The rain had stopped, but it was still chilly outside.
We got dressed and we were ready to go. The ceremony started at 4 and was about 20 minutes from where we were staying. We got there right at 4 and realized it was an outdoor wedding (I missed that detail and while I had a warm coat on, my legs were completely exposed. Most of the other women were in a similar position and luckily, they were serving hot cider as we waited for the ceremony to begin. As we all sat down, I warmed up because of all the body heat. The ceremony did not start until close to 5 so we chatted with the people sitting around us. It is always so fun to learn how other people are connected to the bride and groom.
The ceremony started and was a fun ceremony with a rabbi who knew the bride and groom well. We learned a lot about the couple and their families. The bride is a doctor and the groom is a film-maker (who was David’s first roommate when he moved to Boulder ten years ago), so the theme of intelligence meeting creativity came up as family members and close friends came up to bless the couple. It was really fun.
After the ceremony, we stood around in a small house as drinks and appetizers were served. Even though we were inside, my feet were freezing, making standing in heels uncomfortable. I managed to sneak out to the car and change into my boots and that made all the difference in the world! We had dinner in a heated tent and I was much warmer then. We sat with a couple who was from Boulder, so we had plenty to talk about. Then we danced and had a blast for the rest of the night:
They had an after party with a bonfire, sparklers and s’mores, which was just the right way to end the night.
The next day, we headed back to the inn for brunch with the couple. It was so nice to be able to talk to them. Even though it was a large wedding, we had plenty of time to talk to the bride and groom throughout the weekend.
After brunch, we headed back to the NJ side of the Delware Water Gap. We had planned to hike on the Appalachian Trail, but the parking lot was a zoo. It was way too crowded so we headed north to Mt. Blue Lake where we had about an hour to wonder in the woods before catching out flight home.
I loved walking along with the leaves crunching under my feet. There is something so peaceful about the sound and smell of crunchy fall leaves. It was a weekend with the perfect combination of city time, outdoor time and celebrating with good friends.