Not Many Signs of Spring On The Local Rails- To -Trails
It was raining here in Northeastern Pennsylvania on Sunday morning. And I was still feeling some side effects from my second Covid-19 vaccine shot. So I decided not to travel far and hike on my local Rails -to -Trails which is located a couple of miles from my home in Hazle Township, Luzerne County.
Ground was broken for the Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails in 2004 and it opened to hikers, bikers, runners and dog walkers in 2005. It is a wonderful asset to the community and provides a place for folks to get out and experience and enjoy the beauty of Nature.
I started my 5 mile hike at the parking lot on Route 93. The rain had stopped but it was overcast and cool when I started my hike. Unlike the Susquehanna Wetlands, where I hiked on Saturday, Spring had not yet arrived here on the mountaintop where the local Rails To Trails path is situated. Only a few trees had any signs of leaves and there were very few wildflowers in bloom. The tree with the most leaves I saw on my five mile hike was the autumn olive. And there was only a couple of these along the trail.
It was quiet in the woods along the trail. I saw no wildlife activity. I saw no deer, rabbits or squirrels, which are I often se on my hikes here, and heard only a few birds, black capped chickadees, robins and blue jays, high in the tree tops. A few chipping sparrows were the only birds I saw close to the trail.
I ended my hike here on Sunday and started back on the trail I hoped to see some more wildlife but there was very little activity on my return hike. And I only saw three other people on the trail on my five mile hike.
And, further in the woods, I could see the leaves of the fly poison plant sprouting through the dead leaf litter. This interesting plant was used by early colonists to kill flies. The bulb and other parts of the plant are very toxic.
It was a cloudy and cool day, and there wasn’t a lot of wildlife activity but it was still nice to enjoy the peace and quiet our local Rails- To- Trails path provides. Take a walk out here, you won’t regret it. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs from my hike on the local Rails-to-Trails. Rails to trails hike April 25 2021.
Find a path or make one. –SENECA,