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Hemlocks, Pitch Pines And Beavers: Another Hike In The Penrose Swamp Barrens

Instead of my usual  weekend visit to the Susquehanna Wetlands I decided to return and explore the  Penrose Swamp Barrens in Carbon County on Sunday. This 2700 acre wetland and forest is now a part of the Weiser State Forest.   It was a sunny and a  seasonably cold December morning with temperatures in the mid…

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A Pleasant Late November Hike In The Susquehanna Wetlands: And Me Thinks I Am Becoming A Birder

The Mirriam-Webster  dictionary defines a  birder as ” a person who observes or identifies wild birds in their habitats”. I guess this could include a lot of my friends and folks I know. Everyone likes to see and hear the birds in their back yard. However, I always thought of birder as one of the folks…

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A Cold And Windy Hike In The Butler Preserve And The Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails

The coldest weather of the season arrived last weekend here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Temperatures dropped into the upper teens accompanied by a strong westerly wind.  It was  blustery and cold.  I decided to hike close to home and explore the Butler Preserve adjacent to the Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails  in southern  Luzerne County. I…

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A Heavy Frost And The First Ice In The Susquehanna Wetlands.

As usual I decided to hike in the Susquehanna Wetlands in Luzerne County  on Saturday. Last week it was unseasonably mild. Not this week. Temperatures fell into the low 20’s overnight. A weak November sun shone on the clear blue skies when I arrived at the wetlands and walked to thew banks of the Susquehanna…

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My First Hike In The New Penrose Swamp Barrens State Forest

It has been about ten years since I first hiked in the area known as the Penrose Swamp Barrens. Located primarily in Carbon County in Northeastern Pennsylvania,  I would  hike to the Penrose Reservoir either by following the active railroad tracks up form the town of Weatherly in Carbon County   or following the tracks down…

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Autumnlike Cloud and Leafless Trees But Unseasonably Mild Mid-November Temperatures At The Susquehanna Wetlands.

It’s mid-November, and here in Northeastern Pennsylvania we have had  freezing temperatures and snow on ground in many years . Not this year. It has been a mild month.  It was cloudy and an unseasonably  60 degrees when I awoke at my  home in Hazle Township in Luzerne County early Saturday. As I often do, …

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London Day Four: A Short But Awe Inspiring Visit To World Famous Stonehenge

I am sure everyone recognizes the featured image photo of this blog post.  It is Stonehenge.  Most folks have seen it.   These stone pillars are one of the most recognizable structures on our planet. I am  not sure when I first saw or  learned  about Stonehenge. It wasn’t in my early years in elementary school,…

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London Day Four: A Morning Walk From Westminster To The Victoria Coach Station

Although I didn’t sleep well,  again, I was still excited when I awoke early Sunday morning in London. I had  booked a visit to Stonehenge.  A visit to the ancient site has been on my  “bucket list’ for most of my life.  There were not many times available. There were a lot of tourist in…

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London Day Three: Oxford And A Reflective Visit To J.R.R. Tolkien ‘s Grave

Well, it’s been a while since I  did a blog on my trip to London. It’s  been  busy since my return but I finished this one, so  back to my recent  London adventure.  My last post was my Saturday morning in Oxford. I left off at lunch.  After my  lunch at the Bear Tavern in…

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Frost, Fallen Leaves And A Green Heron, Yep, A Green Heron At The Greater Hazleton Rails To Trails

We had a heavy frost here in Northeastern Pennsylvania  last Sunday morning.  It was a freezing 28 degrees with some high clouds  at my home in Hazle Township.  I decided to stay close to home and  hike on the nearby Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails.   Most of the beautiful  Fall colors on the trees I…

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