This weekend my house, the Outdoor Adventure House, took a spontaneous trip to Delaware Water Gap National Park and hiked for a few hours on the Appalachian Trail. It was nice to be able to get out because I had missed several trips the house had taken earlier in the semester because of racing with the club cross country team or schoolwork. But this weekend I was not assigned any structures homework and so I was free to go with five other people from our house.
The park was only about 45 minutes away from Lehigh. The funny thing was that when we got there, I immediately recognized it as the same place I had been with the running club on our camping trip at the beginning of the semester. So I led the way, having run along the same trail that we were hiking. Getting up to the top, we passed by the spot where I had stopped and turned around before, an area just off the trail covered with stone markers. I had made one last time and was thrilled, as a civil engineer, to see the stones still stacked perfectly two months later. We continued on further, ate lunch, and then quickly hiked back down walking across fallen trees and jumping from rock to rock over the creek that flowed down through a valley.