My sister-in-law, who came to the Pocono Mountains from Peru, told me many stories of her culture and their ancient history. Recently, while her mother and father came to visit, I thought I would share our native ancient culture with them. I put my tourism skills to good use by taking them to some of the best historical attractions around. The tour included: The Pocono Indian Museum
, The Appalachian Trail and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
, and various scenic pull-offs on Route 611, in the town of Delaware Water Gap
, that offer up close views of the massive gap and the strolling Delaware River.
Fact: The first settlers of the Pocono Mountains were the American Indians of the Delaware, Iroquois, Shawnee, Minisink, Lenape and Paupack tribes.
Fact: The name "Pocono" is a Native American word which means "A stream between two mountains."
Fact: The Appalachian Trail runs through the town of Delaware Water Gap; the trail stretches from Maine to Georgia.
Fact: The Delaware Water Gap formed millions of years ago. There are a few theories about how the Gap formed. Some of theories include a Continental shift, land erosion and a glacier.
After my historical tour was complete, we decided it was time to eat. This time, I got a historical tour of my own...through food. In the small village of Minisink, there is a hidden gem of a restaurant called Inti Peruvian Cuisine. Inti (meaning sun), offered a traditional Peruvian menu complete with ceviche and Inca Cola. My Peruvian "family" explained each dish and recommended their favorites; I must admit that I enjoyed everything they suggested. Until next time...celebrate family, friends and traditions.