Though first few weeks of Spring is not the best time to venture out for us, but we didn’t want to stay at home since it was a long weekend (clubbed with Good Friday). But then we had not planned ahead which we normally do. After doing all the household chores on Friday, Saturday morning looked so empty, so the adventurers in me and Saru thought about exploring Poconos mountains and Delaware Water Gap and doing few outdoor activities out there. We packed our bags, with the intention of staying overnight and coming back home Sunday evening. So, it was more of an impromptu trip, actually the first time ever we had done so.
It took 1.5 hrs to drive from Piscataway in New Jersey to Camelback Mountain Resort in Tannersville, Pennsylvania. As many of you know, I love driving, especially in the hilly areas. As soon as we reached Camelback Snowtubing, Saru just wanted to get on with the activity. She is super-active outdoors! However, Saturday being a bit windy, we thought of doing adventures first and leaving Snowtubing for Sunday. So, we moved another couple of miles uphill and parked at the spot for Mountain Adventures. It is a pretty vast area and we could still see a lot of snow.
After taking our tickets, we were first given safe instructions and a few necessary lessons for TreeTop course. Then began the stretching, jumping, hopping and many other forms of exercising while moving from one tree to another, all on our own. The fun of doing all this high above the ground is awesome, though the full course was still not available because of snow at the top. There are various thrilling elements, like swaying bridges, wobbly logs, wind-in-your-face zip lines, vertical cargo nets, ladders, high-wires, and a few more.
It took us more than 2 hours to complete the entire course. While doing our final ‘monkey jumping,’ we were at one point 70 feet above the ground and things had gotten pretty challenging by then, even for me. But i was able to finish then entire course and Saru just stopped short of a couple as she developed a cramp while pushing herself forward on a cable. It was indeed an exhilarating experience which one can only experience in the field.
Then we did zip-lining, which is another heart pounding adventure. After harnessing ourselves up, we zipped through the trees at up to 8 stories above the ground. I enjoyed it so much that i did it 3 times and every time enjoyed more than the previous one.
At the end of it all, we were so tired that we thought of coming back home in the evening on Saturday itself. The reason being since the bloom is still a couple of weeks away, the beauty was not so scenic. Now we plan to go back to Poconos Mountains in Summers and complete the remaining adventures (Snowtubing will not be there, but that could be compensated by Canoeing and Kayaking). Pending on the list is also hiking the Appalachian trail and checking Bushkill and Buttermilk falls at Delaware Water Gap, which was lined up for 2nd day in our trip.
Overall, a pretty nice day spent in the lap of nature and doing what we love. Hope we get to go back there soon.
P.S. We saw many having fun Snowtubing: