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Tanzania Day Seven: The Safari Begins With A Drive To Tarangire National Park

After diner on Thursday evening our small group  met  in the hotel lobby and discussed our upcoming  safari with our guides from the Seven by Far Safari.  I was excited to visit the parks of northern Tanzania again. I slept well and awoke early the next day.  After  a wholesome breakfast  our group embarked  on…

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Tanzania Day Six: Exploring Arusha And Its Colorful Markets And Friendly Residents.

After my short flight to  the Tanzanian mainland , and,  a short wait to obtain my luggage at the quaint Kilimanjaro Airport I stepped outside into the equatorial heat and intense sunshine. Arrangements were made to transport me to the African Tulip Hotel in Arusha.  I was going to meet my travel group for my…

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A Wintry Walk In The Nescopeck State Park

The snowstorm that was predicted for my area on Saturday never materialized. Only  two inches of snow fell.  I decided to return to the Nescopeck State Park in Luzerne County for a hike in the snow  early Sunday morning. The forecast for Sunday was sunshine, but it was overcast when I awoke. It was my…

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Finally, Snow Arrives At The PPL Wetlands.

Snow and January are words usually associated with each other here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Not so this year. The first seventeen  days of January were unseasonably mild. There were a few cold days but, for the most part , the weather was mild  and there was no snow cover at all on our ground this…

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Tanzania Day Six. Airport Issues But I Made It To Kilimanjaro

It was raining again when I awoke on my last day on the spice island of  Zanzibar. I was up early. My  group for my safari in the Serengeti was meeting in the city Arusha, Tanzania that evening and my flight left Zanzibar for Kilimanjaro at 10 am.  Depending on traffic, it  was almost a…

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Christmas Time At Community Park

Christmas has come and gone, every year now , it seems, it  come and go more quickly than the previous year. I’m writing this post in mid January,it has been a busy month,  but I wanted to share some photographs from a hike at our local Community Park a few days before Christmas.  For me,…

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Tanzania Day Five: Sea Turtles, Monkeys And Marlins On Zanzibar Island

After my morning walk on my fifth day in Zanzibar, I had  a quick breakfast at my resort, and was off on another tour arranged by  Cholo Tours and Safaris. I was scheduled to take the Safari Blue tour.  This tour  included swimming on a beautiful beach, snorkeling and viewing marine life. However, it was located on…

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Mild Weather Returns: A December Walk At Community Park, Hazle Township

The weather in December here in Northeastern Pennsylvania can vary considerably from year to year, week to week and even day-to-day.  We had a cold spell with the arrival of the Winter Solstice but the weather changed and warmed up for Christmas week. It was still mild when I decided to hike close to home…

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A January Walk In The Nescopeck State Park

The weather can change  quickly in January here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Although the coldest month, we often get January “thaws” where the temperature is above freezing. Well this year we had a late December and early January  “thaw”.  I found evidence of the warmer temperatures at the Nescopeck State Park in Luzerne County.  Usually Lake…

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Fog On The Mountain, And In An Abandoned Cemetery In Upper Lehigh

January is the coldest month of the year here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Most years the ground is covered in snow and the temperatures are well below freezing. Not this year. I awoke today to find an unusual thick fog and a mild 45 degree temperature.   I thought about how eerie a walk in an old…

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