It’s Spring in Jim Thorpe, and a great season of exploration is upon us. Before Spring fully blossoms, everyone has a great chance to get out and see more of the area than usual. Consider that with no leaves on the trees yet, visibility is much greater than in the summer, when leaves make sightlines very limited.
The season affords many opportunities to pick out things that are otherwise not noticeable. You may notice animals in the distance, you can pick up the outline of trails along mountainsides or through the woods, and get a better feel for the topography of the land you’re exploring. Caves, streams, rock outcroppings, stands of evergreens, fallen trees and other features stand out more when there are no leaves and less underbrush to camouflage them.
When out exploring and seeing farther than usual, sometimes there is a tendency to pay more attention to what you can see than where you are going. Make sure you balance yourself between the immediate need of getting across the terrain, and observing what’s around: periodic stops to survey the area might be a good idea.
When you’re in the Lehigh Gorge this Spring, being able to see the river and far up the mountainsides is a real bonus. On the Switchback Rail-Trail, views of the ridge above and the hillside below are more than we usually get. Atop any scenic viewpoint, there’s more to see on surrounding mountains. And with the weather getting better by the week, Springtime around Jim Thorpe is a great time to get out and see things!
For those who don’t know the area that well, the Jim Thorpe eXperience ( www.theJTX.com) offers guided adventure tours on all the best local trails.