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 along the trail as I began my hike.
One of my reasons for hiking in these remote areas is the hope to photograph some bears. From a safe distance of course. I had a few encounters with bear that were too close for comfort on my last couple of hikes. Well , I soon knew I was in the right area when I found this very fresh bear poop along the trail. It looked like it was made by a large bears only a few hours from when I saw it. I continued my walk, with a little more caution.
The trail in the heath barrens are narrow. Trees and shrubs almost covered the trail in some areas. Not a good place to encounter a bear. The trail ends on the much wider old railroad right of way that leads down to the Black Diamond Trail.
It was getting hot under the intense June sun. As usual I didn’t bring any water on my hike. I really wanted to get to the swamps nest to Crystal Lake but I was out about 5 miles and decided it was time to head back. It was close to midday and there was not much bird or wildlife activity on the walk back. Just mosquitoes, deer flies, ticks and gnats. I did walk back into the heath barrens hoping to see the bear that left the large poop pile but he was not around. Hopefully I will see him on another hike. Here is a link to a gallery with more photographs from my hike. State Gamelands 119 June 9 2019
“Hiking is not escapism; it’s realism. The people who choose to spend time outdoors are not running away from anything; we are returning to where we belong.”