Another Hike State Game Lands 119, And Still No Bears.
It is nearing the end of June and I still haven’t seen any bears in my backyard, in Hazle Township Luzerne County. It is the first time almost twenty years I haven’t had one or more visit my bird feeders. And, so far, I haven’t seen any bears my many hikes here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. So, on Sunday, I decided to hike in place I have seen more bears than anywhere else the State Game Lands 119 in Dennison Township, Luzerne County. Located about 20 miles from my home, the parking area for the Game Lands is about a mile out on an unpaved Hollenback Road near Penn Lake Borough.
It was partly sunny and a seasonably pleasant 63 degrees when I began my hike. I followed the main access road trough the mixed oak, maple and pine forest. The woodlands were lush with the new growth of Spring. There were no bears on this part of my hike but I did encounter a few hikers and bikers along the road.
I also saw a few of these critters, the terrestrial phase of the red-spotted newt. crawling on the forest floor.
It was mostly sunny, and getting warmer when I arrived at the Black Diamond portion of the D & L trail. There is more information on this trail in earlier blog posts that can be found in the archives on my website.
After engaging in a conversation with a local biker about the history of the area I continued south on the trail for about two miles. Along the way I found more wildflowers in bloom including a large patch of foxglove flowers,
And this female American redstart. Here is a link to some more photographs of the birds I saw on my hike. State Game Lands 119 hike birds. June 20 2021.
As I neared the access road I was surprised, and at first delighted to see this chicken mushroom growing on a stump in the woods off of the trail. It is a delicious edible mushroom when young. However, upon closer inspection, I saw that it was to old to eat. I was surprised since these I usually don’t find these mushrooms until much later in the summer.
and now had to walk another 3/4 mile in the hot June sun and back to the parking area, I was hot, tired, thirsty and hungry after my seven mile hike, but as always, I enjoyed it. The only thing that would have made it better was if I had seen a bear, They are out there, and I will be looking for them again this weekend. Here is a link to a gallery with more photos from my hike. State Game Lands 119 hike June 20 2021.
When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome. Wilma Rudolph