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Dinosaurs were here!

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.

Dinosaur fossil

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.

Path on Mount Misery

 

 

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.

Mounts Misery and Joy

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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Comment balloon 13 commentsNick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • March 31 2019 09:00PM

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Hope you enjoyed the walk. Walking sometimes help when you are thinking about things. And in that matter, I think I need a long walk.

Posted by Leif Price, Content Marketing Specialist (Spot Color Marketing) 3 months ago

Nick -what an interesting walk!!! When we lived in Leesburg, VA, we visited a Civil War site that was on the Trail, and we visited Harpers Ferry often. I can remember seeing some people walking along A1A with heavy backpacks on. We thought they might be training for a larger hike. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 3 months ago

Good morning Nick. What a wonderful post and I enjoyed both the story and the pictures.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 3 months ago

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - Your area is rich with history! You're quite an explorer and always open to meet new people. I can tell you love history and all types of education. What a great story too!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 3 months ago

It just goes to show you you never know what you will find all you have to do is get out and about.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) 2 months ago

What an interesting post-Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543  love to read about William Penn fascinating.  Thank you for the pictures. What a feeling standing there almost like going back in time Misery - Joy.  Was wondering while hiking do you bring business cards with you?   

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 2 months ago

Leif Price I hope you found time for your walk. I agree walking gives you the space an opportunity to think.

Kathy Streib those were probably Appalachian Trail thru hikers you saw.

Sheila Anderson thank you, there are lots of interesting people out there.

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP I have always wondered how those hills got their names, now I have a story, true or not that sounds at least feasible.

Pat Champion if you never set out you get nowhere, and then you need to look around you as well.

 

 

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 2 months ago

Hannah Williams I always have business cards with me, but so far no one has asked me for one. 

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 2 months ago

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543  The reason I ask is I don't always have them on me although I should When I first was in the business always handed everyone I spoke to my card. Have to start doing this again as my box of cards just sit on top of my desk half full and should order more with new pictures. People did call me from handing them out  

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 2 months ago

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - I hope your days are positively happy with many new discoveries and learning opportunities. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 2 months ago

Admittedly, we've let the weather keep us from getting out on the trail as much as we should. Hoping spring weather will kick us into gear. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 2 months ago

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP thank you.

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD with work it is often hard to make the time, and when the weather is miserable it is easy to lose motivation.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 2 months ago

That's an interesting hike - I love that you met someone training for the AT, and that you saw a fossil. Neat!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) 2 months ago

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