A Sunny November Hike Out To The Penrose Reservoir
It was a cold and sunny Fall day here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Mushroom season is now over and most of the wildlife left the PPL Wetlands, my favorite Sunday hiking area, so I decided to head into Carbon County, about 10 miles south of my home and hike the railroad tracks up to the always picturesque Penrose reservoir.
I left the quaint town of Weatherly and hiked up the historic railroad right of way which has been in use for over 150 years now. I have posted blogs on the history before and you can read about it in my blog archives.
The tracks run along the Black Creek or Hazle Creek , which was at the lowest level I have seen it since I started hiking out here about seven years ago. We have had little rain this Summer and Fall and the streams are all very low.
I crossed the bridge over the Black or Hazle Creek , know by railroad buffs as Hazle Creek Junction. This was a major railroad intersection at one time, where the Buck Mountain, Beaver Meadows and Lehigh railroads met.
I have seen a lot of wildlife on this reservoir over the year, including ducks, geese, ospreys, herons, otters, and the rare American bittern, but not today, in fact I only saw a few chickadees, a grouse and one very large buck on my hike, although I wasn’t able to photograph any of them.
There wasn’t as much wildlife as in the Summer or Spring, but it was still a great day to be outdoors in Northeastern Pennsylvania, it always, is Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike today. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/Penrose-Reservoir-hike-November-13-2016-