It was Thursday night when I got a text from one of my friends asking me if I wanted to take a road trip up north to The Delaware Water Gap. I had been trying to go there for quite some time now, so without hesitation I said yes. The only thing holding us back was that the campgrounds in the park were all closed for the season. He said he'd look into it and let me know what he found out in the morning and that's where our conversation ended.
I sat at work all day on Friday without hearing from him and thought the trip wasn't going to happen. Then around 6 p.m. he texted me again saying he had found a place we could camp. Once I got the news, I started packing my bags and put my camera batteries on the charger, then met up with a friend for a few drinks.
6 a.m. rolled around pretty early the next morning and with the coordinates set in my gps, I started the 4 hour drive to my destination. I met him at the campground at around 11 or so and we drove another 35 minutes to Mount Tammany. Once we got to the parking lot where the trail head was, we saw there were at least 50 cars in the overflow parking lot and even more in the main one. We knew it was going to be busy, but we had made it that far, so we decided to just go for it.
Here are some of the shots from our day 1 adventure.
We found ourselves back at the campsite around 5:30 p.m. I guess both of us were pretty hungry becuase without really saying anything, we just started cooking. After eating, we sat around the campfire, edited photos and just swapped stories about random things. After a few hours of that, we packed everything up and headed to bed with our alarms set for 7 a.m.
It rained a pretty good amount throughout the night and when we woke up to fog and some pretty cold weather, I was very happy. We didn't have much of a plan for the day and after getting a message from a fellow Instagramer, we decided to travel an hour and check out Dingmans Falls. We're not sure if it was the weather or the fact we were there at 9:30 in the morning, but we were the only people in the park and that made for an amazing start to the day.
It was now around noon and we decided to head to a popular waterfall called Bushkill Falls. Little did we know it was a huge tourist trap. After pulling into the parking lot and seeing over 100 cars, a run down mini golf course, several gift shops and a booth that had the words, "Purchase Tickets" on a huge sign above, we quickly turned around and left. We decided to spend the next few hours just driving backroads and exploring a little bit of Pennsylvania. That was easily one of my favorite parts of the trip.
Here are some of the shots I snapped as we purposely tried to get lost.
After cruising around for a few hours, we decided to call it a day and head back to our home base to eat lunch. On our way back we discovered there was a Chili's nearby and since neither of us had ever been there, we decided to stop in and see what was up. We sat there for about an hour, then headed back to the campground. I hung out in his RV for a few, then said goodbye and began my kinda long drive back home.
All in all, we didn't even see half of the area, but I think it's safe to say we both really enjoyed our time there. I can honestly say one of my favorite things about going on a trip with another photographer, is that they tend to shoot photos of you as you're shooting photos and it's always cool to see how they capture you capturing something else.
I'm not sure if that last part made sense, but with that said, here are 5 of my favorite photos of me that Kevin took while on our trip.