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Smurfs and Snappers and Bears! Oh My!
When the weather forecast calls for lots of sun, high humidity, high temperatures in the mid 90s, and a heat index up to 107 degrees, just how crazy do you have to be to hike up mountainous terrain and across a high ridge, just to jump in a lake? On this very day, seven and a half smurfs determined we were crazy enough for the challenge, errwell, on the other hand perhaps some of us just did not quite comprehend what we were in for. We set out on a Friday morning to hike up into the Jersey Highlands and find Surprise Lake for some bare swimming.
With the autos parked, Mama Smurf (aka Beth Nolan) guided us down the long steep road to find the trail head. About two hundred yards down the road Mama Smurf determined to lead us back up the hill to locate the trail head. When we located the trail head (10 feet from where we parked the cars) we ducked into the woods as fast as we could to escape the sun and immediately came upon a stream with small rocky waterfalls and wading pools. Already dripping with sweat some of us joked about jumping in the water and calling it a day, but we carried on.
The first part of the trail established the toughest part of the hike on our legs with well over 600 feet of incline in less than a half mile of space. But we quit two or three times to catch our breath.
“So, it’s not far from here then Mama Smurf?”
“We have to cross the top of the ridge first then we will be there,” responded Mama Smurf.
On we set across the ridge. A number of minutes later we heard a large crash through the brush to http://modestperson.com/views/not-having-to-wear-those-annoying-bikinis-or-swimsuits.php and we all stopped to see what it was. A large black bear ceased about 40 yards away to look back at us for a couple of seconds. I got a quick look at him, but he turned to go and hide before I could even think about a graphic. Perhaps he was only camera shy.
“How much further Mama Smurf?”
“We’re about half way there,” said Mom Smurf.
A little further on, profuse sweatingcheck..fatiguecheck..chills and goose bumpscheck. I knew my body was over heated once I began getting goose bumps in 90 degree temperatures. The ridge was covered with spots of tree coverage and open places. Every time we hit an open place the sun beat right down. By then everyone wanted a great rest, so we made an extra long stop.
“Is it much farther Mom Smurf?”
“YES IT IS!!!!” cried Mama Smurf.
Mother Smurf did not really cry at us, but before we were done I believe we all nagged her at least once. Given the terrible temperatures it was quite a trying two miles across the ridge and we were all over heated and exhausted. When we finally made http://nudistsplace.com/first-time-nudist-stories/when-i-was-16-i-went-alone-to-the-lake-and-bathed-alone-naked/ to the lake, none of us thought twice. We stripped off our clothes and jumped right in.
During our lunch break in the shade, an extremely inquisitive snapping turtle came right up to see us. It was huge; its shell must have already been over 15 inches in diameter. He remained for quite a while posing for our pictures. After he left, we went for one last skinny dip with some trepidation. Suffice it to say, some of us were less than enthused about offering up a wienerschnitzel bite to our pal.
With two guide books among us, we discovered there was a shorter trail back to civilization. So we started trekking back. The sun was still beating down. As we came over a hill top I spotted a rock ledge. “Oh boy, I saw that rock ledge and believed it was a road. I believed we were saved.” I said. “So did I,” laughed Mom Smurf. “The mirages must be setting in!” We trudged along when the new ridge opened up into a spectacular view. A lovely panorama of Greenwood Lake was under lined with lake front mansions and boats zipping up and down the lake. Without thinking we all stopped to take in the view. Finally we continued on, and before long we made it back down the slope to the world.
View of Greenwood Lake
Despite the sore legs, mild heat exhaustion, and a particular marshy backside the efforts of the day proved worth the challenge. After all, how often can you really get to see giant snapping turtles, wild black bears, and panoramic views from atop a mountain ridge? And don’t forget the unclothed swimming / skinnydipping also!
For those who never saw the Smurfs, here is the classic picture:
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Guest site by: Christopher Walter