Always Fun To Explore New Territory, A Hike Over Spring Mountain
It was another overcast and rainy morning here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, it has been cloudy and rainy for over a week. It may clear up tomorrow so I decided I will wait until then to visit my favorite PPL Wetlands to see how Spring is progressing. This morning I decided I’d head back out to the local rails to trails near Stockton.
This trail is such a great asset to our community and, hopefully, will soon be expanded. Shortly after I started my walk I saw this bird, I think it is a hermit thrush fluttering in the thick scrub oaks along the trail
The overcast and cool weather also kept the human folks away too. The trail was quiet and I only encountered two men who were geocaching. We had a nice chat as they explained their hobby to me. Anything that gets you outside and appreciate nature is a good thing. I soon passed the reservoir and, decided to hike out a pole line that cross the trail a short distance past the two mile marker.
This creek now flows from the reservoir but existed long before it was built. I often think that it may have been one of the path the Native Americans followed when traveling from the Lehigh to Susquehanna rivers.
I sat on a rock and took in the solitude that I enjoy so much out in places like this. The only sounds was the wind and the many birds singing their Spring songs. In the distance I could see the Broad Mountain. I zoomed in with my camera on the tower lines that cross it and which i have hiked many times.
I saw some ponds in the distance at the bottom of the mountain in the distance and even though I was already out three miles, and having had less than four hours of sleep. I decided to hike down to see what I could see.
It was easy going down but I knew it wouldn’t be fun walking back up. I walked into a nice wetland, with ponds and puddles but didn’t hear or see much wildlife. i hoped to see and hear some frogs or turtles jumping into the waters. But nothing. I may have been the cool temperatures.
It was a long, and tiring walk back and i didn’t see much more wildlife on the way. I did see, finally, after a week, some breaks in the cloud and some blue sky. It didn’t last long. But i did see some more wildflowers including blueberry or ‘huckleberries’ and these wild strawberries. Won’t be long until we’ll be enjoying their fruit.
On my way back I ran into a few more people who decided to enjoy the trails despite the weather. I am sure. like me they will be glad they did. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike today. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/stockton-rails-to-trails-may-7-2016
“I just love all this,’ Walt says. ‘The sights, the smells, making the effort and pushing yourself and getting something that’s really hard to get. I’ll fly on a plane and people will look out the window at thirty thousand feet and say, ‘Isn’t this view good enough for you?’ And I say no, it’s not good enough. I didn’t earn it. In the mountains, I earn it.” ― Mark Obmascik