A Mild, But Dreary Hike On The Greater Hazleton Rails to Trials.
It was another mild day here in Northeastern Pennsylvania last Sunday. Cloudy and dreary, but mild. Temperatures were near 40 degrees when I decided to hike close to home on our local Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails near my home in Luzerne County. Once again I drove to the east side trail near the village of Hazle Brook.
I hike here, the end of the trail, here since it is more remote and I hope to see some wildlife like birds or bears. I saw none of the later and very few of the former on this bleak but mild late January morning. One need only look at these two photos from the trail to see the dreary brown and gray Winter colors that one finds on the trail this time of year.
There were no birds singing as I continued my hike. In the warmer months these trees and branches have vireos, warbler and other song birds filling the trail with their song. Not on Sunday I did not hear a single bird until I had hiked over a mile. Then, I heard some black-capped chickadees in the distance and saw and heard this white-breasted nuthatch scrambling down a tree.
Although the browns and grays were the dominate colors on the trail, there still were some greens hidden in the bleak scenery and , since there were no birds or other wildlife to photograph I decided to look for and share them. There were a lot of teaberries growing all along the trails, their red berries standing out in the bleak brown leaves.
While photographing these mushrooms , I noticed there were tiny fish darting in the waters of the stream I am not sure what species, but I know there are native trout in this stream. It was nice seeing something else was alive out here besides me.
I continued my hike through the reclamation area, again it was bleak and lifeless.
The trial continued, for a short distance, on the access road to a beryllium factory that was closed in 1982. was demolished, and is now a Hazardous Waste Site.
I saw no more wildlife, just reminders left by the birds of last Summer, their deserted nests that were carefully hidden in the lush Spring and Summer leaf cover, but are now exposed. This nest was right along the trail, and almost invisible to hikers when it was occupied.
I finished my 5 mile hike under the cloudy skies. I had hoped to see a bear or at least some more birds but, there is no guarantee when one hikes in our woodlands. I just enjoyed the opportunity and the peace and quiet, of the woodlands, even on a bleak and dreary January morning. Here is a link to a gallery with more photos from my bleak Winter hike on the trail. Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails January 29 2023.
“This world was made to be cloaked in gray.
It wouldn’t feel natural if the sun shone brightly all the time.”