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An Unexpected Hike To The Silver Creek Fire Tower In Locust Lake State Park.

Two weeks ago I took an unplanned, but pleasant hike, that took me to the abandoned Silver Creek Fire Tower . I wanted to hike somewhere new and found a trail that led to Wolf Creek Falls near St. Clair in Schuylkill County. I drove to the access road shown on the trail map and…

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Bear Signs But Still No Bear Sightings In The Dennison Township State Game Lands.

Summer is near it’s peak now. And I still haven’t seen a black bear in my backyard in Hazle Township or on any of my hikes.  This is the first time I haven’t had a close encounter with a black bear in 25 years. I’m not giving up, so I headed to the State Game…

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A Close Encounter With A Thunderstorm On An Afternoon Hike In The Susquehanna Wetlands.

Last Friday I decided  to try something different and took  an afternoon hike in the Susquehanna Wetlands in Salem Township Luzerne County. As you may know from my many blog posts  about the wetlands I usually arrive early in the morning when the temperatures are cool.  It was hazy, hot and humid when I arrived….

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Another Walk In The Rain, This Time At Lake Ontelaunee In Berks County

There was more rain in the forecast here in Northeastern Pennsylvania last  Sunday. I got drenched on my hike on Saturday the Susquehanna at Wetlands. On Sunday I thought I’d try and avoid  the rain by driving south to Lake Ontelaunee in Berks County.  I checked the local radar and it looked like the rain…

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Clouds, Heavy Rains And An Otter At The Susquehanna Wetlands

It was muggy  and overcast  last Saturday here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It rained during the night and more heavy rains were  in the forecast for the day.  I decided to take a chance and head to the Susquehanna Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County anyway.   I don’t like to miss an opportunity to try and…

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More Birds, Wildflowers And A Couple Of Deer In The Game Lands In Dennison Township

Some rain, and cooler  air arrived  in Northeastern Pennsylvania last weekend.   I still hoped to see a bear this year so I headed back to  State Game Lands 119 in Dennison Township on Sunday. I had seen many bears in these game lands  since I started hiking here a few years ago. As usual I…

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Wood Ducks, Hissing Geese And Startled Muskrats At the Susquehanna Riverlands and Wetlands.

The weather forecast called for rain last Saturday. It was overcast near my home Hazle Township.  I decided to take a chance and  check out the Susquehanna Riverlands and Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County  anyway.  I am glad I did. I arrived under  partly sunny skies and  pleasant temperatures in the 70’s. It was…

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Discovering More Of Nature’s Beauty At Community Park In Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The heat wave continued here in Northeastern Pennsylvania last week. Temperatures soared into the low 90’s. It didn’t stop me from my taking daily walks.  I returned to the Community Park near my home in Hazle Township for a couple of afternoon walks in the heat and humidity. The waters of Lake Irena reflected the…

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Another Hot And Bear-less Hike To Moosehead Lake

Another heat wave arrived in Northeastern Pennsylvania last weekend. It was hazy, hot and humid, my kind of weather,  Sunday morning. I still haven’t seen a bear this year, either in my backyard, where they are frequent visitors, or on my many hikes.    So despite the heat, I decided to hike out to Moosehead…

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The Heat And Humidity Return To The Susquehanna Wetlands

After a few days of cool, refreshing weather, a warm front brought clouds, and heat and humidity, to my home in Northeastern Pennsylvania.   As I often do, I decided to take my usual five mile hike in the Susquehanna Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County.  I wanted to  see how the many critters that live…

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