Ready to step out after too many days of rain showers and overcast days? There are plenty of fascinating hikes happening this month. I'm looking forward the Orchid Adventure! A forest near our house has ladyslippers (my kids always called them duck flowers because they look a bit like a duck and can even float in water) but I'd love to see some other varieties. Which one appeals to you?
Sunday, May 15
Orchid Adventure -- Meet at the old Schoolhouse Auction on Route 924 at 1 p.m. for this 3 mile hike rated easy. Tom Pesock will lead this hike that will include ladyslippers and intriguing stones.
Wednesday, May 18
Spirit of the Tuscarora Trail -- Meet at the upper beach parking lot of Tuscarora State Park, near the trailhead at 10:30 a.m.. This 4.5 mile hike is rated moderate and will travel through several habitats, including a cove. Bring a lunch and, if he's leashed and friendly to dogs and people, your canine hiking pal.
Saturday, May 21
Bird Walk -- Meet at the Tuscarora State Park visitor's center at 7:30 a.m. Led by bird enthusiast David Kruel, this hike is all about identifying birds by sight, song, habitat and behavior. So bring your binoculars and your life list. No pets (dogs and birds just don't mix).
SCEETR Sojourn -- Porcupine Pat will be leading this 3 mile hike rated moderate. Meet at the New Philadelphia Post Office along Route 209 for a visit to a watershed improvement project led by Schuylkill Headwaters and some back country coal roads. If you're wondering, SCEETR stands for Silver Creek Environmental Education Trail Recreation.
Saturday, May 28
Silver Creek Fire Tower Hike -- Meet in the Locust Lake State Park parking lot at 10:30 a.m. for this 8.5 mile hike rated challenging. The hike will be led by naturalist Robin Tracey through turkey and grouse habitats to a historic fire tower. Dogs (leashed and friendly) are welcome.