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A Hike On The Jonathan Run And Allegheny Passage Trails In Ohiopyle State Park

The skies were mostly clear and it was a cool 57 degrees when I awoke at the  Historic Summit Inn in the Laurel Highlands on Sunday. I had a great day at Fallingwater and the Ohiopyle State Park with my niece Cassidy on  Saturday. I wanted to get one more hike in the park before…

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Cucumber Falls And A Hike On The Great Gorge Trail In Ohiopyle State Park

The skies were clear on Summit Mountain when I awoke early Saturday morning on my recent visit to the Laurel Highlands in Southwestern Pennsylvania. However, there was a thick fog in the valley below the Summit Inn were I was staying. I drove into the thick fog on my way to the Ohiopyle State Park …

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A Last Minute Decision, And My First Visit To Beautiful Ohiopyle State Park

I awoke Friday morning thinking about hiking somewhere different this weekend. For years I have heard about the beauty of Ohiopyle State Park. Many of my  friends who hike and enjoy the outdoors  told me it was one of their favorite state parks. It is located in Fayette County in  the Laurel Highlands of  Southwestern…

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Summer Heat, Insects, Wildflowers And A Few Birds At Community Park

Summer is at it’s peak here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. And we experienced  a Summer heat wave this past week with temperatures reaching 90 degrees. I  was able to get out to the Community  Park, located a short distance from my home in Hazle Township Luzerne County,  for a 3 mile  walk on most weekday afternoons. …

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A Sunny And Hot Hike On The Greater Hazleton Rails To Trails

The heat wave continued here in Northeastern Pennsylvania on Sunday. Temperatures would reach 90 degrees again. I decided to stay  close to home and hike on the local Greater Hazleton  Rails to Trails  in Hazle Township, Luzerne County. I took my usual 2 mile  early morning walk in my neighborhood and then drove to the…

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Summer Heat , Cicadas and Cicada Killer Wasps At The Susquehanna Wetlands.

Summer is at it’s peak here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. And this year it has produced some mid-Summer heat. Temperatures reached 90 degrees  this past week. As usual, I decided to make my weekly visit to the Susquehanna Wetlands and River Lands in Salem Township Luzerne County. I was still excited from my sighting of the…

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Mushroom Season Begins, A Mushroom Hike And, Surprisingly, I Found Some Mushrooms!

Mid July is  usually the start of mushroom season here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I have been picking edible wild mushrooms since I was around three years old. My dad taught us how to pick and identify  “red top’   and “cozie” mushrooms. They are two  species of bolete mushrooms.  We would  spend many wonderful hours over…

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No Bears And Not Many Birds But Still Another Nice Hike In State Game Lands 119

I was still excited and elated  from my surprise and unexpected  encounter with the bobcat in the Susquehanna Wetlands on Sunday morning. It was such a beautiful animal.   And  I was so fortunate to see and photograph this usually  seclusive critter. I decided to search for another one  of my favorite Pennsylvania mammals in  State…

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Birds And A Bobcat, Yep, A Bobcat, At The Susquehanna Wetlands in Luzerne County

I  always thought I had seen a bobcat or two on my many miles of hiking in the woods of Northeastern Pennsylvania over the years. However,  I was never quite  100% sure. The critters  I suspected of being a bobcat always ran quickly  into the woods leaving me with some doubt. It looked like a…

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Dragonflies, Butterflies And Bees At Lake Irena And Community Park.

I  returned to Community Park in Hazle Township, Luzerne County  a couple of times these past two weeks. I took my usually three mile afternoon hike around Lake Irena and into the surrounding  woodlands. No eagles or  bears  but a lot of bees, butterflies and dragonflies.  The was nice  Summer weather for all of my…

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