sweet magnolia

Now that the trees are starting to bloom, I love the bright yellow of forsythia, and the huge magnolia trees in my neighborhood. The magnolia’s flowers don’t last very long, but when they’re in full bloom it looks as though the tree is filled with the most beautiful orchids you’ve ever seen.

(photos from flickr.)

hiking with spring in my step

This weekend, Ryan and I decided to spend a night in the Poconos which is our country home away from home. On our way to our little getaway, we decided to take advantage of the gorgeous weather (70 and sunny) and go for a hike at Mt. Tammany, a mountain seperating New Jersey and Pennsylvania. While we’ve hiked before, this trail made every other trail we’ve hiked look like a nature walk. As we climbed the mountain, we came accross lots of friendly couples who used words such as “rock slide” and “boulder climbing” as to what we should expect going up the mountain. (Embarrassingly enough, these couples made it look so easy and they were easily 40 years older than us. We, on the other hand, were struggling.) After 1.5 miles up the difficult trail, and several stops to catch our breath, we were able to enjoy the view from the top of the mountain. With beautiful blue clear skies, you could see mountains for as far as the eye could see. (Proof that New Jersey has beauty, if I may…) We didn’t have much time to sit and enjoy, because the sun was quickly setting. After another 2.5 miles down the rockiest path I’ve ever seen, we were able to enjoy the hidden waterfall, and refreshing ravine (it took a lot of restraint to not jump in and drink it all). It seemed to take a lot less time to reach the bottom, since I felt like I was running away from the furry creatures hidden in the woods. We reached the car just as the sun set, and just as we felt like our legs would collapse. All in all, it was a perfect day. Maybe next time we’ll start with a beginners trail…