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July At The PPl Wetlands: A Muskrat, A Snake And A Lot Of Birds.

It was a hazy and hot day today in Northeastern Pennsylvania. My kind of  July weather.  I got off to a late start for my Sunday hike. I arrived at one of my favorite hiking  trails , the PPl Wetlands and Riverlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County   around 9;45 a.m.  Temperatures were already in the…

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Rhododendrons Are In Bloom: And I Found Them In The Lehigh River Gorge

  In June our state flower, the mountain laurel,  blooms and puts on a beautiful  show here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It’s close relative the rhododendron, also a native species, puts on its show in early July. Although not as  spectacular as the mountain laurel it is still something you don’t want to miss if you…

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Dragonflies, Birds And More Wildflowers: Another Hike In The PPL Wetlands

It was nice to visit Washington D.C. for the 4th of July. But  I was glad to be back in Northeastern Pennsylvania.   It was hazy, hot and humid, my favorite weather and once again I decided to visit the PPL Wetlands and Riverlands in Salem Township this morning.  You will always find some of  Nature’s …

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Washington D.C. I Finally Made It Here For The 4th Of July

As some of you who read my blog post regularly know I  lost my mom last August. I lost dad in 2013.  Some of you may be wondering what this has to do with the Fourth of July and Washington D.C.  When they were married  on June 29 1957  my parents came to this city…

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Another Hike In The State Game Lands 119 On The Last Day Of June.

A cold front moved through Northeastern Pennsylvania on Saturday evening.  The temperatures were still in the low 60’s but the strong northwesterly  winds made it feel a lot cooler. A perfect day for hiking.  I decided to return to  State Game 119 in Luzerne County in the Pinchot State Forest.  There are a lot of…

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Early Summer In The PPL Wetlands. Birds, Wildflowers And Lots Of Mosquitoes

Saturday brought us more Summer weather here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  I awoke to hazy sunshine, humid air and mild temperatures in the mid 60’s. I love Summer weather. After my morning walk through my neighborhood  I decided to hike in the PPl Wetlands and Riverlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County.  I have come to love…

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Playing Hooky Again. A Short Afternoon Hike At Our Local Community Park.

As I have often said here on my blog, you don’t have to go far to see the beauty of nature. You can find it in your own backyard if you keep your eyes peeled. It was hot and sunny Friday afternoon. I decided to leave the office early again and hike out nearby  Community…

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Green Ridge: A Bear In The Backyard And A Hike On The Railroad Tracks

Summer weather has arrived in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We’ve had three days of sunshine and warm temperatures here at my home in the Green Ridge section of Hazleton Township in Luzerne County.  I love it here in the Summer. I am fortunate to have some woods for a backyard. I have a wide variety of wildlife…

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Another Hike In State Game Lands 119: Found Me A Couple Of Bears This Time

It was another clear and cool morning on Sunday here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I enjoyed my early morning walk through my neighborhood in the Green Ridge section of Hazle Township, Luzerne County. After some coffee I was off to hike in the State Game Lands 119 in Dennison Township. Located about 30 miles from my…

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Some Good Memories Hiking In The Coal Reclamation Lands, Strip Mines And Mountains Near Hazle Brook, Foster Township

The first weekend of Summer arrived here in Northeastern Pennsylvania with some cool, dry Canadian air, clear skies and brilliant sunshine. Perfect hiking weather. I wanted to take advantage of the sunshine. I planned to hike the railroad tracks near the patch town of Hazle Brook in Foster Township. When I arrived in Hazle Brook…

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