Late night followed by an early morning. I could not get enough signal in the Leesport Lockhouse so early this morning I needed to take some equipment on a hike around the bustling community searching for a spot. I found it at the Burger King.
I got caught up in the weather and meeting and greeting I forgot to include some of my sightings for the day. 3 common mergansers; 1 red-tailed hawk being mobbed by 2 crows; estimate of 25 juncos; 4 chickadees; estimate of 10 mallards; 42 high flying merganser looking waterfowl (after consultation probably migrating red-breasted mergansers); 1 fire extinguisher; 2 pumpkins; and 3136 polycarbonate bottles of one variety or another. That was Day 1.
I got a late start from Leesport (10 am) with the need to cover some miles. I told Beverly that she made the place so comfortable I wouldn't want to leave, well it was hard too. So, I wrapped up, making sure I did not forget anything inside, because once I locked the door, that was it, no getting back in. I wanted a parting shot from such a wonderful night. Many of us have set the timer to only hurriedly run into the shot...right. This one posted is the second shot.
Today's travels took me through downtown Reading. This is Peacock's Bridge about four miles upstream from downtown. This is named after the canal lock that was located there. Built in 1855 by the Reading Railroad, it features nine total stone arches with these round openings. From the river it was really magnificent!
I was traveling at a good clip and arrived for lunch where the Tulpehocken creek meets the Schuylkill River. Confluence Point. Hit my SPOT locater and called into Mary to check in, also gave my evening host, Phoebe Hopkins a call. This was also the place where the Union Canal met up with the Schuylkill Canal. There are remnants of a grist mill on the Tulpehocken. Also my first rattle then sighting of a belted kingfisher, I love this species.
Carpenter Steel Company was founded in 1889 by James H. Carpenter. The process of air-hardening quickly established them as a steel pioneer. This is an early look followed by my photo today of the river.