Category Archives: Nature

Horseshoe Crabs and a Killer Commute

One of the world’s oldest natural phenomena takes place in Cape May, New Jersey every spring. During full and new moons and high tides in May and June, hundreds of thousands of horseshoe crabs converge on the Delaware Bay to … Continue reading

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Fields of Flowers

The hills in Antelope Valley, California explode with a kaleidoscope of color each spring, and this year has an especially spectacular display due to the heavy winter snowfall after years of drought.   Closer to home a fairy tale setting … Continue reading

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Canoeing the Peace River

We escaped one of the coldest and snowiest Pennsylvania winters on record and enjoyed some warm sunshine in Florida this February. After joining the Road Scholar group on a bike trek through the Everglades, we spent our last morning in … Continue reading

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Wooden canoes in the Adirondacks

What a beautiful way to escape the mid-July heatwave – a week in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains with our canoe friends.  The annual gathering of wooden canoe enthusiasts took place at Paul Smiths College, a beautiful wooded campus that overlooks … Continue reading

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Longwood Gardens

One of the great gardens of the world, Longwood Gardens provides more than a thousand acres of beautiful landscaping and spectacular floral displays.  Located in the historic Brandywine Valley in Chester County, Pennsylvania, it includes a 4 acre conservatory that … Continue reading

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Sailing and Sea Turtles

Two days after our son Kenny graduated high school in 2007, the Wilson family went on a wonderful Hawaiian adventure. On one of our days there we joined the crew of the Alii Nui (Hawaiian ruling chiefs) for a snorkel … Continue reading

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Brightside Garden

We live in a beautiful area of Chester County, Charlestown Township.  There is a community garden at Brightside Farm, and for a nominal fee, residents can get a plot that has rich soil, plenty of sunshine and water. It is a … Continue reading

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Wooden Canoe Assembly

There is no display of  canoes that can rival the abundance of elegant, historic and finely crafted wooden canoes as there is at the annual Assembly of the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association. Every summer, about 300 canoe enthusiasts and family members gather … Continue reading

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Pine Barrens

Home of the Jersey Devil, cranberry bogs, and some of the best canoeing rivers, the Pine Barrens in South Jersey is one of the most sparsely populated areas and the largest body of open space between Richmond and Boston.  This heavily forested … Continue reading

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Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower preserve

There is a peaceful trail along a creek in the woods in southern Lancaster County that comes alive with color every spring.  Shenk’s Ferry wildflower sanctuary is quite impressive, boasting more than 70 species of wildflowers that bloom each spring.  … Continue reading

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