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No Bears Or Snakes, But Some Birds, Bugs And Wildflowers At State Game Lands 119

I have  not seen a bear on any of  my hikes this year. And for the first time in many  years none have visited my back yard here in Hazle Township in Luzerne County.  I only saw two all year, near Barnesville, in April.   So, on Sunday I decided to hike in State Game Lands…

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A Long Overdue Return To Big Meadows In The Shenandoah National Park

After my short visit to Kings Gap State Park in Cumberland County on Memorial Day I was on the road again.  This time I  was driving 3 hours south to the lodge at Big Meadows in the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. It’s hard to believe I last  visited, and camped, here over 38 years…

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Mountain Laurel And Cicadas At Kings Gap State Park

I was happy  to awaken in Carlisle on Monday with the sun shining. We had a few days of rain at my home in Northeastern Pennsylvania and it was raining when I arrived  in Carlisle the previous evening. After a quick cup of coffee I was on my way to explore  Kings Gap Environmental education…

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Wood Ducklings And Hawk Fights At The Susquehanna Wetlands

Warm June weather returned to Northeastern Pennsylvania on Saturday and what better way  to enjoy it then hiking in  the Susquehanna Wetlands in Salem Township Luzerne County. I  started at the wetlands and first checked out the river hoping to see an eagle or osprey out on a morning fishing flight. No fishing birds on…

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Fallingwater: Frank Lloyd Wright Unites Architecture And Nature

I enjoyed my recent  brief visit to Pittsburgh a few weeks ago. On my last day, after my early morning hike along the Allegheny River,  I checked out of my hotel. It was about a 4 1/2 hour drive back to my home in Northeastern Pennsylvania. However I decided to drive a few mile out…

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My First Encounter With Brood X At Kings Gap State Park.

I’m sure many of you, living on the East Coast, have  been hearing about Brood X and the 17 year appearance of these  cicadas this year.  Well,  this past Sunday I wanted  to get away for a couple of days. I also wanted to observe some of these interesting insects, so I headed to Kings…

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The Lush, Green Splendor Of Spring At The Susquehanna Wetlands

I returned last  Sunday morning,   to the Susquehanna Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne. I usually hike  there at least once every weekend.  The previous weekend I was  in Pittsburgh. So,   two weeks passed since my last visit.  And what a difference those two weeks made.   The wetlands had transformed to a lush, green almost magical…

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A Morning Hike Along The Allegheny River.

I was up early again on my  last day in Pittsburgh. I was in the Steel City for my niece Cassidy’s graduation from law school. I wanted to get in one more walk before I left and decided to hike on the trail along the Allegheny River. I left the Omni William Penn Hotel around…

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Another Trail With A View, This One In Tuscarora State Park.

I was in  Schuylkill County early last Saturday morning, so I decided to hike in another one of our many parks here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Tuscarora State Park is located near Barnesville, about  15  miles from  my home in Luzerne County.  The Park opened in 1971 and  featured the new lake formed by the damming…

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A Strenuous Hike, But The “Grandview” Of Pittsburgh Was Worth It

It was overcast and threatening rain when I awoke in Pittsburgh  early Sunday morning. As I mentioned in my previous blog post,  I was in the city  to celebrate my niece Cassidy’s graduation from Duquesne Law School.  I decided to combine a nature hike with a view of the city. Looking at the maps of…

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