Another Hike In State Game Lands 119 And Still Not A Bear In Sight
I am a determined person. I still haven’t seen a bear on any of hikes this year. So, early Sunday morning, I was back in State Game Lands 119 in Dennison Township, Luzerne County trying to find one. As I have noted in previous blog posts, I saw at least one bear on almost every hike I took in State Game Lands 119 in June and July for the last five years. Not this year. I haven’t seen a bear on at least a dozen hikes in State Game Lands 119.
So I arrived early again on Sunday morning, around 7:30 a.m. under cloudy skies. As I began my hike I realized I wasn’t the only one out for an early walk. This deer was watching me as I walked toward her.
As usual, after about a mile I turned to the left and followed an old railroad right-of way for about a 1 1/2 down to the D& L Trail. It is here I would often see bears feeding on the berries in the wetlands along the trail. But there were no bears on Sunday. I struck out again.
There were a lot of wildflowers growing along the trails, including the tall stalks of he invasive common mullein. It’s soft wooly leaves have be used as emergency toilet paper by some outdoor folks.
Also growing along the trail, and attracting many bees, butterflies and insects was another invasive flower, the spotted knapweed.
And another invasive, but pretty wildflower was also in bloom. Bouncing Bet or soapwort was one of the first invasive flowers to escape in the early American colonies.
Another invasive wildflower, yellow toadflax, was also in bloom These flowers remind me of my childhood where many grew in the wooded lots near my home.
Near the lake I saw a few more birds including this cedar waxwing ,
Under the shade of the trees I found some more mushrooms including a few of these colorful cinnabar-red chanterelles.
I followed the trail through another wetland. hoping to get one last chance at seeing a bear. Nope, struck out again, I did. I continued to the Hollenback access road and followed it for about 3/4 of a mile back to the parking lot and my Jeep.
Once again I failed to find a bear, but I still enjoyed my three hour, seven mile hike. It is a wonderful and peaceful way to spend a Summer day. And I still have a few months until those bears hibernate. I will find one!!! Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. Dennison Township State Game Lands July 25 2021.
“No matter how few possessions you own or how little money you have, loving wildlife and nature will make you rich beyond measure.” ―