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Trinidad And Tobago Day Eight: Another Morning With The Leatherback Turtles

It was my last full day in Trinidad and Tobago. The sun rose   around 6 a.m. and I was up to watch it . The morning air was cooler, but with temperatures in the mid 70’s, still tropical.  I left my room at the Mt. Plaisir Estate Hotel and walked onto the beach. It was…

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The Mountain Laurel Is In Full Bloom , Creating A Magical World In The Woodlands Of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Once again we had cloudy skies that threatened rain on Sunday here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  It seems to rain every weekend. But it is mid-June and I knew the mountain laurel would be in bloom. I decided to take a ride to Tank Hollow in Carbon County. Located in State Game Lands 141 I only…

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Time Moves On: The Last Weekend Of Spring At The PPL Wetlands.

It’s hard to believe that it’s the last weekend of Spring. It seems like it was only yesterday when Spring began and  the snow and ice were  melting and the woodlands of Northeastern Pennsylvania were coming to life. . However, even though it was  chilly , with temperatures in the low 50’s,  I found many…

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Trinidad And Tobago Day Seven: Grande Riviere: An Afternoon And Evening In A Tropical Paradise

Sorry it’s been awhile  since I have been able to finish my blog posts on my trip to Trinidad and Tobago. I have been enjoying the Spring here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Well back to my first full day at the remote tropical village of Grande Riviere.  I had a busy morning hiking the surrounding forest…

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Another Hike In State Game Lands 119: The Bears Eluded Me Again But Lot Of Birds And Bugs.

It was a perfect June  morning on Sunday. Clear skies, a light breeze and pleasantly cool temperatures in the mid 50’s. Great walking weather. So I decided to return to the State Game Lands in Dennison Township.  I began my hike at the entrance on Hollenback Road. Sunshine filtered through the leaves of the trees …

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It’s June And The Mountain Laurel Is In Bloom: A Couple Of Hikes In Weiser State Forest

Mountain Laurel is our state flower here in Pennsylvania.  A walk through the woodlands of our  State in mid June will show why. When the mountain laurel is in bloom the mountains are filled with color.  Various shades of white and pink flowers are scattered throughout the forest.  I hiked in the Weiser State Forest…

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Lakes, Sunshine And Whippoorwills:Some Photos From A Couple Of June Walks Close To My Neighborhood.

June has always been my favorite month.  I love the long days. The trees, lawns and other vegetation are at their peak.  Everything is green.  Flowers, both wild and in gardens bloom everywhere. The many species of wildlife that live in our woodlands are producing offspring. I love June.  I  was able to get out…

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Staying Close To Home: A Memory Filled Memorial Day Hike In Green Ridge

I have many happy memories of Memorial Day from my childhood in the Green Ridge section of Hazle Township. It was a day of picnics, parades and my approaching birthday. I knew it was about honoring departed soldiers. My dad always displayed his flag and took us to the cemetery. I will admit, it wasn’t…

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Exploring State Gamelands 119: No Bears But Beautiful Scenery And Some Other Wildlife

I have seen a couple of bears in the State Gamelands 119 in Dennison Township, Luzerne County the past few weekends. I always love to see these  large animals in their natural environment.  So I decided to return to this large tract of forest on the edge of the Pocono Mountains last Sunday. I know…

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Frogs, Snakes, Birds and Turtles: A Relaxing Birthday Walk In The PPL Wetlands

I celebrated another birthday on Saturday. Another trip around the sun. I’ve always enjoyed my birthdays. For many years I would hike in the woods near my house,on my birthday. I would revisit the woods, ponds,  hills  and swamps where  I had so many pleasant childhood memories . About 10 years ago an industrial park,…

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