Saturday saw some beautiful Spring almost Summer weather visit our area and Valley Forge Park was abuzz with families and couples walking, running, biking and enjoying all the park has to offer.
A little while ago an article was published that somewhere in the park several dinosaur fossils from the Triassic period had been found on a path. Hiking so often as I do there I have been keeping my eyes peeled. I thought I knew where but was unable to identify any specific fossils. Till yesterday, when I saw this gentleman explaining to his friend what he was looking at, right in the area I had been expecting. It turned out he was a professor and knew what to look for and could see it when others cannot and walk straight over it.
Having at last had a fossil of a foot print of some bird type dinosaur pointed out to me, can you see the three toes and the rest of the foot below; I continued my hike which included Mount Misery and Mount Joy. I also at last have an explanation of the name of each. With the proviso, that this is the only story I have heard that seems credible.
It seems that William Penn was sailing up the Schuylkill to survey land. He had made camp and moored his boats and proceeded west on foot. Returning he mounted a steep hill expecting to see his camp and boats, but his view was blocked by another hill and he pronounced that it was Misery. On climbing to the next hilltop and seeing his camp and boats he proclaimed Joy. Thus the two hills were called Mount Misery and Mount Joy.
Here is a view down the valley between the two hills, Mount Misery on your right and Mount Joy on your left. I managed a 10 mile hike including scaling both hills then on my return walked along the valley floor beside the creek running there. I think you can just catch a glimpse of it in the photo.
Whilst I was walking I met a young man training for a hike on the Appalachian trail, walking north from Harpers Ferry a distance of about 70 miles. He was trying to get used to walking long distance and increasing the weight of his pack. He admitted he was not yet ready and had a ways to go.
From dinosaurs to young hikers, you can meet all sorts at Valley Forge Park and there is plenty of space for all.
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