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An Icy Hike Along The Beaver Creek In The Penrose Swamp Barrens In Carbon County

The mild Winter weather continued here in Northeastern Pennsylvania on New Years Day. I awoke to clear skies and temperatures in the low 40’s. After my morning walk in my neighborhood I drove to historic Beaver Meadows where I decided to continue my exploration of the Penrose Swamp Barrens. This 2700 acre tract of land, located…

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Fog, Mild Temperatures And Lots Of Ice: A Year End Hike On The Greater Hazleton Rails To Trails.

It was a mild 46 degrees on New Year’s Eve morning here in  Luzerne County. Almost all of the ice and snow had melted near my  home in Hazle Township.  A thick fog  had formed.   It was hunting season again  so I decided to be safe and hike on the local Greater Hazleton Rails to…

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Whitetail Deer And A Ring-Neck Pheasant. Some Year-End Visitors In My Back Yard.

As many of you who follow my blog know, I have many whitetail deer, birds  and other critters visit my backyard in Hazle Township in Luzerne County.  I am blessed to have acquired, and live on 90 acres of land that I grew up on, and explored, as a child. I have many species of…

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Bitterly Cold Arctic Air Arrives For Christmas. A Couple Of Frigid Walks in the Wetlands

Frigid arctic air arrived here  in Northeastern Pennsylvania  on Christmas Eve.   It was -4 degrees  on Saturday morning with a steady 25 mph wind with higher gusts at my home in Hazle Township in Luzerne County. There were wind-chills warnings but  I had  to see how the frigid air affected  Susquehanna Wetlands and the critters…

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Didn’t Take Long. Snow Arrives At The Wetlands

In my last blog, from my Saturday hike, you may recall me complaining about the snow and ice that accumulated on the mountain ridge where I live in Luzerne County in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I don’t like ice and snow.   So I hiked in the Susquehanna Wetlands in Salem Township, at a much lower elevation, where…

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Elevation: What A Difference It Made On Saturday At The Susquehanna Wetlands

The effect elevation has on our weather was made very clear to me on Saturday. I awoke to find my back yard covered with about three inches of snow and ice. I took my usual 2 mile  walk through my neighborhood in Hazle Township Luzerne County. The roads and sidewalks were covered in ice and…

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It’s Looking A Lot Like Christmas On The Greater Hazleton Rails To Trails

It is  less than two weeks until Christmas. And as much as  I dislike the cold white stuff we call snow,  it does get one into the Christmas spirit. It  does for me anyways.   I loved snow in my younger years.  I looked forward to it every  Winter.  I walked many miles in hip deep…

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Bald Eagles, A Pileated Woodpecker, And Brilliant December Sunshine At The Susquehanna Wetlands

It was Saturday, and,  although there are dozens of  places to visit and trails to hike here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, I decided to return to the Susquehanna Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County. I love this small, private park and nature preserve located along the Susquehanna River.  In addition to the beautiful scenery I usually…

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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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