~ Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Pennsylvania ~

The Delaware Water Gap is on the border of New Jersey and Pennsylvania where the Delaware River cuts through a large ridge of the Appalachian Mountains. A water gap is a geological feature where a river cuts through a mountain ridge. The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area was established in 1978 after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers transferred condemned lands along the Delaware River to the National Park Service after scuttling controversial plans to build a hydroelectric dam and reservoir along the Delaware near Tocks Island approximately 6 miles north of the Delaware Water Gap. This project would have established a large lake 37-mile (60 km) long after flooding the valley and the land surrounding was to be organized as the Tocks Island National Recreation Area. These plans encountered substantial resistance from environmental activists, embittered residents displaced after their property was confiscated by eminent domain, and later by political figures. After the costly Vietnam War, government appropriations for the project dwindled and a geological safety assessment revealed the dam would be built too close to nearby active fault lines.

The area offers historical and cultural sites including the Minisink Archaeological Site, significant Native American archaeological sites, and a number of structures remain from early Dutch settlement during the colonial period.

The Minisink or Minisink Valley is a loosely defined geographic region of the Upper Delaware River valley in northwestern New Jersey, northeastern Pennsylvania and New York. The name was derived by Dutch colonists from the Munsee name for the area, as they named bands of their people after geographic places which they inhabited as territory throughout the mid-Atlantic area. Originally inhabited by Munsee, the northern branch of the Lenape or Delaware Indians, this area was first settled in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries by Dutch and French Huguenot families from colonial New York's Hudson River Valley. The term "Minisink" is not used often today. It is preserved because of its historical relevance concerning the early European settlement of the region during the American colonial period and for its role in early "first contact" between Native Americans and early European explorers, traders and missionaries in the seventeenth century.

Source: Wikipedia and U.S. National Park Serivce

Delaware Water Gap

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
~ Robert Frost

Raymondskill Falls

The trail to Raymondskill Falls

The bottom section of the Raymondskill

The top of the falls

A bee at work along the trail

A couple of distant shots

A couple closer up

That would be me at Raymondskill

Then on to Dingmans Falls
The photo on the right is the Dingmans Falls Visitor Center. The only problem was it was closed for some reason.

SIlver Thread Falls and Dingmans Falls

Silver Thread Falls with bathers

I really need to learn to "suck it in" when taking these

On my way back to Arvie I took another photo of Silver Thread Falls sans people

This is where the water from Silver Thread goes

Eventually ending up in the Delaware River

Delaware River

Looking north

Looking south

People playing in the "this time of year" shallow Delaware

In the looking north photo above this footbridge between Pennsylvania and New Jersey is barely visible

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