Archive for June 2017
Cumulus Clouds, Wind And Sunshine: A Pleasant Birthday Hike At The Rails To Trails.
I circled our sun one more time yesterday, and one year older as I write, but, thankfully I am still able to explore the beauty of this planet I was born on. After a few hours at the office, and a nice lunch with my nephew and partner Charles, , I left work early to…Read More
Poland Day Fourteen: Warsaw. A Meandering Morning Walk To The Vistula River.
It was a cool and sunny morning when I awoke my first day in Warsaw. After a cup of coffee, I was off exploring the streets of the city. I wasn’t exactly sure where I was going, like I often do on my travels, I just wanted to get acquainted with the city. I had…Read More
A Mink, A Muskrat And A Lot Of Mosquitoes: A Hike In The PPL Wetlands.
It was Saturday, so, of course, we started the day off with a heavy rainfall. it seems it has been raining every Saturday this Spring here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. But like last Saturday the rain ended early, and by mid-morning the sun was shining at the PPl Wetlands, were I again decided to hike. The…Read More
Poland Day Fourteen: A Walk through The Heart Of The City, The New And Old Town Warsaw
After breakfast at my hotel in Warsaw we met our tour guides for the next three days. A young Polish couple, Karol and his girlfriend Kasha. They are relatives of my niece Cassidy’s best friend and they offered to show us some of Warsaw and northern Poland. After our introductions, we began our tour of…Read More
A Walk Through The Pitch Pine And Scrub Oak Barrens Near The Rails To Trails.
Sunday morning started out with some sunshine here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, but clouds quickly moved into our area. The forecast called for rain in the early afternoon so I decided to stay close to home and hike the local Rails to Trails. As some of you may recall from my post last week there in…Read More
Poland Day Fourteen. Our Walk Through Warsaw Continues.
After leaving St Ann’s church we continued our tour of Warsaw, now walking along the Royal Route and the many beautiful buildings, churches and monuments that are found there. We walked past this impressive statute of Adam Mickiewicz, a famous Polish poet, There were many statues along the streets which were crowded with tourists taking…Read More
Poland Day Fifteen A Train Ride To Gdansk And Poland’s Baltic Coast.
It was another early start on Saturday morning. No time for breakfast. We met our young guides Kasha and Karol in the lobby of our hotel around 6:00 am We then proceeded to the nearby train station. Our train left Warsaw at 6:15 am. It was a three hour ride to the city but the…Read More
Poland Day Fifteen A Train Ride To Gdansk And Poland's Baltic Coast.
Finally Sunshine, And A Quick Hike Out Community Park
We finally got a mostly sunny day here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.It was still a bit cool for me, mid 70 degree temperatures. I like it hot, 90 degrees would be nice. But it was beautiful and I decided to head out Community Park and look for eagles and ospreys on the lake. The park was…Read More
Poland Day Fifteen Sopot And Oliwa. So Nice To See The Sea Again.
After our tour of Gdansk we boarded a local train for the short 15 minute ride to Sopot. Along the way we passed the famous shipyards of Gdansk where Lech Walesa began the solidarity movement that, with the help of Pope John Paul, brought down the Communist regime in Poland. We soon arrived at the…Read More
Moons And Junes And Even A Ferris Wheel.
I think I may have mentioned a few times here, on my blog, that June is my favorite month. It was the month of my birth and celebrations of a birthday are always fun for a child. It is also the month when solstice occurs, , the longest day of the year, and the month…Read More
I Didn’t Find What I Was Looking For, Snakes And Bears, But Still A Nice Hike Out To The Penrose Reservoir
Summer came early to Northeastern Pennsylvania, and we had hazy sunshine and hot temperatures these past few days . On Sunday I decided to get some sun, look for snakes and hopefully run into the mother bear and her three cubs that were seen out near the Stockton Mountain. I thought I could do all…Read More
I Didn't Find What I Was Looking For, Snakes And Bears, But Still A Nice Hike Out To The Penrose Reservoir
Some June Walks, And A Sunrise In Greenridge.
Spring is coming to an end here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. In only a few day the sun will be at it’s farthest north and we have our longest day here in the Northern Hemisphere. We had some summer like weather at the beginning of this past week and I had the chance to take a…Read More
In Search Of Mountain Laurel On The Last Weekend Of Spring.
The Pennsylvania state flower, the mountain laurel, is now in full bloom here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I spent many June days walking on the ridges of Stoney Mountain , near my home, , which was transformed into a lovely, magical garden by these beautiful flowers. Unfortunately these ridges are now the location of a residential…Read More
A Hike In The Poconos But Still No Mountain Laurel.
It was another overcast Sunday this past weekend , with some showers still in the area in the morning. I had planned to hike the Broad Mountain, where I knew from past hikes the widespread mountain laurel , our state flower, would be in bloom. The radar showed some lingering showers over the Broad Mountain…Read More
I Finally Found Some Mountain Laurel, Almost In My Own Back Yard At Nearby Community Park.
If you had followed my last two posts, you would know I looked for, but didn’t find any mountain laurel, our state flower, on my two hikes last weekend. It was a beautiful evening on Tuesday, the last day of Spring and I decided to hike out nearby Community Park and always picturesque Lake Irena. …Read More
Summer, And The Insects, Return To The PPL Wetlands.
It was Saturday, and, of course, it rained as usual here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We were lucky this past weekend, the first of this Summer. The rains ended early, by 9 a.m., soon the clouds departed, and the sun was shining. And I was off to visit the PPL Wetlands. The woods at…Read More
Back To The PPL Wetlands, An Early Start Was Rewarded With Wood Ducks And Kingfishers
It has always been hard for me to get enough sleep in the Summer. The birds start singing about a half hour before the sunrise, which occurs around 5:30 a.m. near the solstice here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. And evening twilight lingers for about an hour after sunset which occurs around 8:40 p.m. I don’t like…Read More