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How to Survive a Hike to the Bottom of the Grand Canyon

I recently wrote about our disastrous hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, where we ended up sleeping in the rest house. Word of advice: do not be like us. Be prepared. Know what you are getting into and do not assume that you are too smart because chances are, you are not, like us. This is not your typical list with telling you to bring your first aid kits, trail maps, and such because, really that would be a given. These are things that we NEEDED, but forgot to bring when preparing for our hike. Below are our tips for hiking in the Grand Canyon!

Our Engagement at Hawk Falls

I love a good engagement story, what about you?

One of the BEST things about the Lehigh Valley is that it is close to everything. You want the mountains? We have the Pocono’s with the Appalachian Trail. You want big cities? We have New York City and Philadelphia just 90 minutes away. Over here we get the best of both worlds. Adam and I, however are more outdoors folk. The Pocono’s is great for hiking and waterfalls. It’s pretty much a hop, skip, and a jump away. 

About four years ago Adam wanted to plan something special for my 23rd Birthday. We do not usually make a big deal out of Birthday’s and aren’t big into celebrations. Red flags went up. Wait, we are DOING something for my Birthday this year? This seems odd, but I’ll go with it. In my mind, all signs pointed to an engagement, but I pretended to know nothing. He started researching waterfalls. I love waterfalls and hiking, probably more than anybody else, but during the winter in the Poconos, he had to find ones that were easily accessible (there was still snow on the ground!) 
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Trexler Preserve Hiking with the Dogs

So recently we had one of those “maybe we are a little ‘out of shape'” epiphanies. We wanted to get back into doing outdoors things. That’s where we really enjoy being. So, we decided to take the dogs on a hike in the Lehigh Valley to the Trexler Nature Preserve.

Here’s the problem: there aren’t many good places to go for hike in our area that we have discovered, YET. We don’t like to hike aimlessly. We like to hike with a purpose. We want mountains, views, and everything included with that. Once you reach the summit and see your hard work THAT is where it all pays off.

We found out about the Trexler Nature Preserve when I was Facebook stalking browsing through pictures someone posted. It looked gorgeous, so we set out to explore the trails of the Trexler Nature Preserve. We packed up the always carsick – Harvey and Brady and headed to the preserve.

The first part of this hike was so deceiving. I was secretly giddy the whole time we were walking up the hill because, in my mind there’s going to be a spectacular view at the top and it’s going to be everything we were looking for. Well, I was wrong. This is the Lehigh Valley, not Montana.

Waterfalls at the Delaware Water Gap

We had a plan. We need to hike. We haven’t gone hiking in a long time. We’ll pack up the car, take the dogs, and go hiking to see some waterfalls at the Delaware Water Gap in the Poconos. There was one that was on the top of my list: Factory Falls, that I kept seeing pictures over and over again. I grew up in the Poconos, near the Delaware Water Gap, but never got a chance to explore it. 

We put Brady and Harvey in the car, gave them Dramamine 30 minutes before we are going to leave, and hope for the best. You see, Harvey is always car sick. 

Meet Harvey:

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