Close, But Sill No Bear, Another Hike On The Greater Hazleton Rails To Trails.
It was cloudy with a few showers here in Northeastern Pennsylvania on Saturday morning. I decided to stay close to home. There were a few more bear sightings at the Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails near my home in Luzerne County this past week. So, of course I was off to too go looking for him. (It was a big one so I am assuming it is a male.)
Unlike most folks, I try to find, and photograph bears on my hikes in our woodlands. I have seen hundreds of bears on my many hikes over the years. I have also seen hundreds of bears in my back yard.) They are wild creatures and one must respect them.
I always maintain a safe distance from these beautiful creatures, especially a mother with cubs. But bears are not predators. They will not attack unless frightened or provoked. They are actually very timid, especially the males, and I have frightened 300 pound bears off with a wave of my hands and a yell. There is still some danger involved. But they are beautiful animals and I love photograph them, and share my photos with the hope of seeing their beauty folks would want to protect them and their habitat. . These first three photos are from bears I have encountered on hikes in previous years.
As I said it was a big one. a male, from the photos I have seen on social media. Well I didn’t see the 300 pound bear, but I did see this much smaller, but cute critter singing on a tree branch. It was tiny, but very loud, house wren. I love all the critters I see on my hikes.
Our local library, in co-operation with the area’s Civic Partnership, which maintains the trail, have placed a series of showcases along the first section of the trail. Pages from children’s books are displayed encouraging children to read and hike on the trail. It is a wonderful idea.
The first mile of the trail follows an old railroad right of way around a ridge and down a gentle incline to the Stockton Road Here I found there was a 10K charity run taking place on the trail. I now felt my chances of seeing the bear were not great, They are shy creatures and will avoid human contact. The runners would have kept them away from the trail
I wasn’t seeing or hearing much wildlife. The birds were quite and the most common bird I heard were ovenbirds. These deep woods warblers sing loudly in our woodlands and one finally perched on a tree branch near he trail.
I hiked out to the picnic area overlooking the Dreck Creek Reservoir, about 2 1/2 miles form the the parking lot and began my hike back. I now knew my chances of seeing the bear where slim. It could be miles away but I was still looking and listening for it as I finished my five mile hike.
As I walked back up the ridge to the parking lot I saw one more bird, this pretty red eyed vireo. These birds are very common and heir song if heard throughout our woodlands and forest. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with some more photos of the birds I saw on my hike, Rails to Trails birds July 2 2022.
I did see one one more critter on my five mile hike. It was a small and unusually one. A daddy long legs. And it is not a spider. I only learned this recently.
And I did see some bears on my hike. These bear statues in the picnic area at the end of the trail. Hopefully, I will see some real ones on my next hike. Here is a link to another gallery with some photos from my five my hike on the trail, Rails to Trails July 2 2022.
- “You can visit the same trail twice but you’ll never take the same hike.” – We Dream of Travel