Pennypack trail is great. I grew up near Huntington Valley and we kids would ride our bikes to Lorimer Park and walk along the train tracks (when there were train tracks). There use to be a small area, Camp Melmar, that was used by the local Boy Scout Council where we would camp and have various outdoor activities. You picked a nice area to hike, for sure. Take care.O'er the hills and far away
through Flanders, Portugal & Spain...... ..... wait! Wrong Continent!!!!
The truly icky weather pattern of the last week of 2020 finally went away in my neck o'da woods in NE Pennsylvania, and Saturday the 2nd of January turned out just lovely - temps in the low 50s and enough sunshine so I took off to my local "stand-by" hike. Pennypack Trail - the part that is converted via Rails to
Trails conservancy. It's pretty flat and follows Pennypack Creek (one of local watersheds). I squeezed 7.25 miles and was reasonably happy
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BTW - the upper rightmost one - the greenish rock in the middle of the creek - well, there is a fox den nerby and in the summer we have seen a fox just lounging on that rock on a hot day
I didn't know that term would apply to you! I had thought that "snowbirds" was applied mainly to Canadians who fly south to Florida for the winter.We made the two day drive to Gulf Shores for our two month getaway from winter. In the US we are called "snowbirds".
Yes, it does apply. Our northern states can get as cold as Canada and there are many who do as we do. All are called snowbirds. You don't have to fly down either to be considered one.I didn't know that term would apply to you! I had thought that "snowbirds" was applied mainly to Canadians who fly south to Florida for the winter.
Yup I sure remember when the train still ran (Fox Chase Line) and love Lorimer (many 'lazy' weekends there in my teenage and early 20-s years )Pennypack trail is great. I grew up near Huntington Valley and we kids would ride our bikes to Lorimer Park and walk along the train tracks (when there were train tracks). There use to be a small area, Camp Melmar, that was used by the local Boy Scout Council where we would camp and have various outdoor activities. You picked a nice area to hike, for sure. Take care.
Oh, very nice! Brings back some memories. I noticed you're from Abington? That's my place of birth. Grew up in Elkins Park. Thanks for sharing your photos; I've enjoyed seeing them very much! Have a great day.Yup I sure remember when the train still ran (Fox Chase Line) and love Lorimer (many 'lazy' weekends there in my teenage and early 20-s years )
Camp Melmar is still there and is sill used by BS
(BTW - on August 15, 2020 I did a full length of PT - 16.5 miles starting at Delaware River and ending at Byberry Rd trailhead):
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Oh, the wet camino memories...always wonderful in hindsight.A two hour walk in the incessant rain of yesterday, with a visit to our local MEC and a stop for lunch. I had my Euroschrim umbrella but, in slanting rain, it can only do so much; my shoes got thoroughly soaked. When I got home I had to resort to putting newspapers in them to help the drying out ... just like in Galicia.
Ha! I stood huddled on the side of the Le Roy IGA and ate a granola bar!Laurie, I don't know how you could ride a bike for eleven hours in winter weather! I hope you brought yourself lunch or at least a granola bar!
On New Year's Day I began a "Big Year" in my own amateur birding way
I hadn't! A friend told me about it and I watched it a couple of days ago. A fun movie, but I won't come anywhere near their crazy competitiveness or race to reported sighting spots! I learned about the Big Year from the wonderful documentary Rare Bird Alert.
Please, do not tell me that in 11 hours that was your sole sustenance? What is in your diet that I know nothing of, apart from a resilient grit that defies belief!!! I wish I had your stamina.
And I haven't reported on ours even though we take a daily walk together. They are short and usually the same few and there isn't much new to add. But since I'm writing now I'll mention that we have been seeing an unusual number of trees with beaver bites.What!!?? All this in just 8 days??? You guys kidding me? We only just turned the page on 2021.....
Rick, as Chrissy said, same here!
Thanks, Sabine! you inspired me to look beneath my feet, before looking out and up...and the last one, to warm me up when I got home - a hot port!There is always something new to add , even when doing repetitive walks. The colours, the mood and all the small details that make life and nature so interesting. No day is the same. The beauty always lies in the small things.
Adding to what @Koidream said...wildlife trees are usually dead or damaged trees that are not removed so they can become a place for food, nesting and shelter for animal life. The tree with the sign in my post is in a protected natural area. I have friends who have created wildlife trees on their forested land. Eventually the decaying tree will fall or decompose enough to become a nurse stump which will provide seedlings with water, protection and a nutrient rich place to germinate. The beautiful cycle of life in a forest.
- or just use smaller pictures... in editing, right click on bottom right corner on said picture until small blue square appears and move cursor on this square upwards to the left, thus skrinking your picture to your own liking.....Only this , will you use thumbnails please