Green Ridge: A Bear In The Backyard And A Hike On The Railroad Tracks
Summer weather has arrived in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We’ve had three days of sunshine and warm temperatures here at my home in the Green Ridge section of Hazleton Township in Luzerne County. I love it here in the Summer. I am fortunate to have some woods for a backyard. I have a wide variety of wildlife show throughout the year. I was pleased to finally see this fellow show up on Tuesday morning.
I usually get a few bears visit every Spring and Summer. Most years a momma bear shows up with a cub or two. Not this year. I only had one male visit until this fellow showed up and attempted to get at my bird feeders. He couldn’t reach them so he settled for some of the corn I put out for the deer, squirrels and turkeys.
Today, I decided to leave work early and hike out to the railroad tracks near my house. When I was growing up here in Green Ridge there were large areas of anthracite coal strip mines and coal silt deposits between my house and the railroad tracks. These areas were reclaimed a few years ago and now are a mixture of new growth forest and wetlands.
I walked through the wetlands to the railroad tracks. These tracks have been active for almost 150 years. Almost everyone growing up in Green Ridge would be familiar with them. I spent many summer day with my friends following them around the Ridge and back up to the West Hazleton High School. Good times they were,
I only walked a couple of miles, and the woods and strip mines I knew were gone, but I still recalled many good days walking these same tracks that I first explored as a boy. It was my world and I loved it, and still do. Here is a link to some more photographs from of the bear and my hike on the railroad tracks. Railroad hike and bear June 25 2019
“With no effort on my part it became summer.”