Hiking Close To Home: A Cloudy Day At Community Park
In the warmer months the park is always alive with crowds of people of all ages. Some walk around beautiful Lake Irena, others play with their children on the rides in the park, some quietly sit on a picnic bench or fish along the shores of the lake.
Not last Sunday , there was no one in the park or near the lake when I arrived. It was cloudy but milder with temperatures near 40 degrees. And the overnight rain melted most of the snow. I walked past the Tank Memorial to the lake.
I then crossed the recently constructed highway, well maybe its 10 years old now, and walked down to the Black Creek, as the sun tried to break through the overcast skies. .
There is a lot of history associated with this creek. It is still polluted both from sewage and acid mine runoff. However, at one time is was unpolluted and supported a number of mills along its course. A Conrad Horn had a famous gunsmith shop on it’s banks about a mile downstream .
I only hiked this area a few times. The last time I was here about 10 years ago there was a bridge across the creek. The bridge was washed away and I wasn’t walking through the polluted and smelly waters to cross the creek . I made my way back up through the pitch pines and tried to cross the creek further downstream.
Finding no place to cross the creek I headed back , taking a short walk along the old road that ran to the baseball field. I remember driving out this long wooded road with my dad to watch my brother John play Babe Ruth baseball.
I returned to Community Park after my five mile hike, pleased to have seen the hawk and having enjoyed another wonderful hike in the woods of Northeastern Pennsylvania, this time only a mile or so from my home at Community Park. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. Hazle Township Black Creek hike November 25 2018.
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