Archive for June 2019
Frogs, Snakes, Birds and Turtles: A Relaxing Birthday Walk In The PPL Wetlands
I celebrated another birthday on Saturday. Another trip around the sun. I’ve always enjoyed my birthdays. For many years I would hike in the woods near my house,on my birthday. I would revisit the woods, ponds, hills and swamps where I had so many pleasant childhood memories . About 10 years ago an industrial park,…Read More
Exploring State Gamelands 119: No Bears But Beautiful Scenery And Some Other Wildlife
I have seen a couple of bears in the State Gamelands 119 in Dennison Township, Luzerne County the past few weekends. I always love to see these large animals in their natural environment. So I decided to return to this large tract of forest on the edge of the Pocono Mountains last Sunday. I know…Read More
Staying Close To Home: A Memory Filled Memorial Day Hike In Green Ridge
I have many happy memories of Memorial Day from my childhood in the Green Ridge section of Hazle Township. It was a day of picnics, parades and my approaching birthday. I knew it was about honoring departed soldiers. My dad always displayed his flag and took us to the cemetery. I will admit, it wasn’t…Read More
Lakes, Sunshine And Whippoorwills:Some Photos From A Couple Of June Walks Close To My Neighborhood.
June has always been my favorite month. I love the long days. The trees, lawns and other vegetation are at their peak. Everything is green. Flowers, both wild and in gardens bloom everywhere. The many species of wildlife that live in our woodlands are producing offspring. I love June. I was able to get out…Read More
It’s June And The Mountain Laurel Is In Bloom: A Couple Of Hikes In Weiser State Forest
Mountain Laurel is our state flower here in Pennsylvania. A walk through the woodlands of our State in mid June will show why. When the mountain laurel is in bloom the mountains are filled with color. Various shades of white and pink flowers are scattered throughout the forest. I hiked in the Weiser State Forest…Read More
Another Hike In State Game Lands 119: The Bears Eluded Me Again But Lot Of Birds And Bugs.
It was a perfect June morning on Sunday. Clear skies, a light breeze and pleasantly cool temperatures in the mid 50’s. Great walking weather. So I decided to return to the State Game Lands in Dennison Township. I began my hike at the entrance on Hollenback Road. Sunshine filtered through the leaves of the trees …Read More
Trinidad And Tobago Day Seven: Grande Riviere: An Afternoon And Evening In A Tropical Paradise
Sorry it’s been awhile since I have been able to finish my blog posts on my trip to Trinidad and Tobago. I have been enjoying the Spring here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Well back to my first full day at the remote tropical village of Grande Riviere. I had a busy morning hiking the surrounding forest…Read More
Time Moves On: The Last Weekend Of Spring At The PPL Wetlands.
It’s hard to believe that it’s the last weekend of Spring. It seems like it was only yesterday when Spring began and the snow and ice were melting and the woodlands of Northeastern Pennsylvania were coming to life. . However, even though it was chilly , with temperatures in the low 50’s, I found many…Read More
The Mountain Laurel Is In Full Bloom , Creating A Magical World In The Woodlands Of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Once again we had cloudy skies that threatened rain on Sunday here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It seems to rain every weekend. But it is mid-June and I knew the mountain laurel would be in bloom. I decided to take a ride to Tank Hollow in Carbon County. Located in State Game Lands 141 I only…Read More
Trinidad And Tobago Day Eight: Another Morning With The Leatherback Turtles
It was my last full day in Trinidad and Tobago. The sun rose around 6 a.m. and I was up to watch it . The morning air was cooler, but with temperatures in the mid 70’s, still tropical. I left my room at the Mt. Plaisir Estate Hotel and walked onto the beach. It was…Read More
Some Good Memories Hiking In The Coal Reclamation Lands, Strip Mines And Mountains Near Hazle Brook, Foster Township
The first weekend of Summer arrived here in Northeastern Pennsylvania with some cool, dry Canadian air, clear skies and brilliant sunshine. Perfect hiking weather. I wanted to take advantage of the sunshine. I planned to hike the railroad tracks near the patch town of Hazle Brook in Foster Township. When I arrived in Hazle Brook…Read More
Another Hike In State Game Lands 119: Found Me A Couple Of Bears This Time
It was another clear and cool morning on Sunday here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I enjoyed my early morning walk through my neighborhood in the Green Ridge section of Hazle Township, Luzerne County. After some coffee I was off to hike in the State Game Lands 119 in Dennison Township. Located about 30 miles from my…Read More
Green Ridge: A Bear In The Backyard And A Hike On The Railroad Tracks
Summer weather has arrived in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We’ve had three days of sunshine and warm temperatures here at my home in the Green Ridge section of Hazleton Township in Luzerne County. I love it here in the Summer. I am fortunate to have some woods for a backyard. I have a wide variety of wildlife…Read More
Playing Hooky Again. A Short Afternoon Hike At Our Local Community Park.
As I have often said here on my blog, you don’t have to go far to see the beauty of nature. You can find it in your own backyard if you keep your eyes peeled. It was hot and sunny Friday afternoon. I decided to leave the office early again and hike out nearby Community…Read More