Saturday, December 25, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Rain has been continuous for a couple days resulting in overflowing creeks. Pine Creek at Cedar Run was at 2.5 feet yesterday and as of 2:00 PM today it is at 9.5 feet. Shortly after taking these pictures in the rain it started changing to a wintry mix and then snow. As of this writing there is an inch of wet snow on the ground. The roads seem to be good at this point.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
November 18, 2010
The heaviest black bear ever recorded in Pennsylvania was shot and killed just north of Fernwood Resort in Pike County on Monday.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission confirmed that David Price of Barrett Township killed the 17-year-old bruin, which had an estimated live weight of 879 pounds. The bear had a field-dressed weight of 744 pounds.
Price's bear was 15 pounds heavier than a bear which was killed in 2003 weighing 864 pounds. That bear was also shot in Pike County .
“This bear could be No. 1 in the world,” said PGC Information and Education Supervisor Tim Conway.
After 60 days, the bear's skull will be measured to be determined where it will stand in the record books. The world record skull is over 23 inches, Conway said.
The above was copied from an email I received.
This is the biggest bear I have ever seen. We have had a few shot weighing in the 600lb range around here. Today is first day of bear season. The dogs are always unhappy because they can't go out front. They don't like all the noise and people associated with the bear hunt either. Mountain girl, Paula, logging out.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
8 cords of firewood each winter.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The ladybugs haven't been too bad yet, although they have been known to come on warm October days with a vengeance. The leaves are falling fast and the bucks are moving quickly in search of mates for next year's fawns.
The bucks will burst across the road in front of you almost anytime of day searching for that special doe. The archers are out looking as well for that perfect buck. Tomorrow and Friday looks like rain and I even heard some nasty rumors of snow. But the weekend looks dry and perfect for campers looking to have some fun before winter. I will probably be cutting the rest of my logs over the weekend. With each leaf that falls its a reminder that summer is over and winter will soon be here. Mountain girl, Paula, logging out.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
I am a little over half way through my tri-axle load of logs. I have about 30 left to cut. Those will be used next year as they have to dry. Although, I did notice a few dead logs that might be useable this year. The load they delivered was mostly ash and beech. Those will dry much faster than oak, but not burn as hot. The red oak we have for this winter has dried for about 3 years, which seems to be about right for that wood. It is very slow to cure, but a good burner once it does.
pretty in Fall, but, with winter around the corner, seems to put a bit of a damper on it. Spring heralds the end of snow so I lean towards liking it the best.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
The creek is very low and you can walk across it almost everywhere. We have had a very dry summer and so far the rain we get has been light.
The second picture is something I found funny. As I was driving in to get some lumber, a flagman stopped me for some road construction. I couldn't help but laugh and the combination he wore.
The required blaze orange top to be seen, but his
pants were camouflage. Clearly, a contrasting message did he want to be seen or not? The conclusion is up to you. I did ask him about his attire and his reply was: "They only said I had to wear this top."
This one will go under my file, "Only in the Pennsylvania wilds." Lee didn't think this was as funny as I did. Guess I am easily amused. Well, its back out to cut firewood. Mountain girl, Paula, logging out.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
It was around 1933 during the great depression that so many of the hunting camps got their start here in the
Abe Grube was born in 1896 in
But Abe’s adventurous spirit made him keep an ear open for new adventures. Abe loved shad and often bought it from a local Fish Peddler. The Peddler drove a model T Ford Truck with a wooden box on the back filled with ice and shad he caught in the
The Fish Peddler shook his head.
“Venison.” Abe said. “I’m just not happy with the area I’ve been hunting in.”
“Where’s that?” The fish Peddler asked.
“Salisburg, it’s just not wild. I like a place a little rougher.”
“If you want something rougher I can tell you where to go. As a boy I worked in a Leetonia sawmill. Now that there’s some rough country…and good huntin.”
The fish peddler had Abe’s interest.
“How do you get to this Leetonia?” Abe inquired.
“Well ya go up 287 to 414 to Cedar Run then follow the creek up Leetonia is about 7 miles up the creek, but there is a nice camping area up about three miles on the left. It has a little pavilion and water for campers.” (This area is just to the North of the intersection of Fahneystock and Leetonia Roads on the creek side of road. It was closed sometime in the 70’s or 80’s).
The seed of adventure planted; Abe, Abner and Wayne Grube make the trip up to the Leetonia area. Their truck splashed through cedar run creek as they made their way up the rough road. In the dark, Abe the camping area and waited for light to see if the Fish Peddler had been right. When light came into the canyon area he noticed a nice trout stream and two steep mountains on either side of him. Down the road a bit was a camp called Blossburg(now the Nightengale) and not strangely enough the men were from Blossburg and new the area well. They helped Abe and his brothers explore the new found area. It was rough climbing those hills to find game and well worth the effort. Bear, turkey, deer and trout abounded. Abe knew he found his place.
Abe’s brother Abner owned a garage in Rothsville. Many young men hung around the garage and they had one thing in common they loved adventure and hunting. It wasn’t long before there was band of twenty camping in tents for three years in the hollow below Fahneystock road. (First Picture) It gets cold here during hunting season and I am sure no one dared to complain or they would sounded like a weakling. Abe had noticed a pile of wood near an area up the
“How come that lumber is piled up near the clearing?”
“Someone started to build a camp then quit. I think the wood is mostly rotten. Are you interested?”
“Well, what you got to do to build here?”
“It is just a $10 a year lease for 99 years and you can build a small cabin.”
This was too good to be true, Abe thought.
Then the Warden added, “You can have that spot with the wood if you want.”
Abe didn’t have to think twice and said. “Done.”
The Warden walked off a square plot of land or as near square as you can without a transit. He put up stones in the four corners drew up the permit to lease and took Abe’s ten dollars.
In the Oct of 1937 they were ready to build. Each of the twenty men chipped in $35 to buy materials. Supervised by Wayne Grube a carpenter, the project moved quickly. On the first day, twenty men had the floor and walls up before it got dark. The country was still suffering from the effects of the Depression so money was tight. The single men who didn’t have families to support were able to get a room at the Cedar Run Inn, but the married one got the second option sleep on the floor they just finished. When they awoke in the morning they had two blankets on them one was white and cold. They had one of our October snows. After a morning fire and some food the work resumed and the cabin was buttoned up with a roof.
Shortly after the building of the camp many of the young men were drafted into the Second World War. They picked up some older members to fill the roster. Most of the men had shotguns as few could afford a good gun. Abe knowing that wouldn’t do went out and bought two 30-06
Members have changed over the years.
First Picture (Taken in early 30’s)
First row left to right
Wayne Grube, Milt Shob, Raymond Singer
Second row left to right
Galen Stump, Game Warden, Wayne Young, unknown, Abner Grube, Brian Grube, Abram R. Grube
Second Picture (Taken in 40’s)
Front row left to right
Jim Grube, Jake Adams,
Second row left to right
Wilson Grube, Bob Conrad, John Styer,Leroy Millinger, Sam Hoover, Landis
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
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Saturday, August 28, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
I don't know why I am able to come up with so many ways to get a few days off...but this is a douse.
I have a brush cutter that looks like a saw blade on the end of a weed whacker. The blade has a guard behind it and I thought that would keep things from flying back at me.
I will admit I should have been wearing steel toe shoes, but I am not sure that would have stopped this wire or maybe it would have deflected it into some other part of my body.
I was trimming Sumac on the side of a hill near the neighbor's camp. When I heard a snap and felt what I thought was a rock hitting my left foot hard. It was like someone had taken a sledge to my foot. I turned the trimmer off and got down on my knees banging the ground with my fist. I tried to put a little weight on my foot and thought for sure it was broken. I scooted down the hill through the cut brush and when I got to stand up, I was shocked to see about 10 inches of wire coming out of the side of my foot. Every time the wire moved it gave me a nice hint we were heading to the ER. I hopped to the truck and drove the 1/4 mile home, hopped in and informed Lee of the new afternoon plans. She got the dogs put up and helped me to the car, then said, "Are you sure we can't pull it out ourselves."
"I don't know?" I said, "Put a little pressure on it and I will tell you."
She came over and unlaced my shoe and pulled the tongue back. You could see the wire was definitely in my foot. Lee grabbed a hold of it and I almost immediately said, "STOP! That thing is in there. I don't know if it is buried in my bone. I think we should get an x-ray before anyone pulls on it.
So we went on the one hour trip to the ER in Wellsboro. Every time that wire moved a little a wave of pain would go through me. I tried to think of anything else, but it was difficult. Wellsboro Soldiers and Sailors hospital is small and the good thing about small is you don't have to wait long. It was less than a half hour from the time I hopped in until they had an x-ray.
The nurse didn't say much except," Its in there pretty good. "
The last picture shows exactly the path through my foot the wire took. It came in on the top of my foot just below my little toe crossed the top, and I believe hit one of the long foot bones and went down between them an out the bottom.
Well, when the doctor came back, he didn't think it had gone all the way through. He told me he couldn't give me a local unless he got the shoe cut off and cutting the shoe off was going to hurt. I said, "Just pull it out."
As he started to pull one inch out, I was shocked to see more and more coming out. All together about two inches of wire was in my foot. He briefly looked at the bottom of my foot and proclaimed it hadn't gone through. But Lee said, "It had to go through there is blood on the bottom of the sock and the bottom of the shoe." Sure enough when he looked again there was a small hole that had stopped bleeding. "Well, I guess it did go through," he said in a tone that made us think he didn't like to be corrected.
He squeezed the wound and injected it with a local more that hurt worse than pulling it out. Of course I got the another tetanus shot, a antibiotic shot, some pain pills, and wrapped up. Lee said, I seemed a bit happier on the way home and talked a lot. We had to return a couple days later for another kind of antibiotic to stop the flaring up. However, today it is looking good and I think in a couple days, I will be able to get my shoe back on. I am sure the bruising I took will last a bit longer. Looking at that wire and how far it went into my foot, I am thankful it didn't hit some other part of my body. Mountain girl, Paula, logging, and limping off.
I am not exactly sure what all the equipment and tanks are on Pigeon Hill Rd, but it looks like an industrial zone. Bravo Button who had a lease with the gas company and has three different well sites on his property said he had no idea they would build this. It has been a year and a half since they started drilling and it looks like another six months before any kind of royalty checks will be seen by most the local participants. Lets hope the checks make up for seeing this everyday on your once open cornfield.
They have started drilling on Thompson Hollow Rd. coming into the forest. So far a few local wells that I know about have been contaminated. One in Stony Fork can lite his water. Don't think it is good to drink do you?
Our creek water tables have been very low this year and we haven't had a lot of rain, but they are also taking a lot of water for drilling. How do you know what is causing the low water in Pine Creek? Maybe both things. Mountain girl, Paula, logging out.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
The second picture is a bunch of mushrooms that came up after the rain they were so colorful, I just had to take a picture. Enjoy. Mountain girl, Paula, logging out and looking up.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
We got a heck of a storm Saturday for my birthday. Tornado warnings were issued for Cedar Run, Leetonia and Gaines around 7PM. We were visiting Penn's Cave and noticed the heavy storm driving back. We had no idea it was serious until we got to the intersection of 44 and 414. The road was blocked due to down tree and power lines. This caused us to detour through Black Forest to Slate Run Rd. and back to 414. It was foggy and still raining so the travel visibility was poor. We made it back around midnight and found a message on the machine about the tornado warning.
We didn't notice anything bad in Leetonia. It seemed trees were knocked down in different areas in small groups. Wilson Hill Rd and 414 had one of these and took power off the poles in about four places. I guess South of Galeton was bad, but no major damage or injuries.
I can tell you the worst place to be is driving through the forest in a wind storm. I am reminded of a fellow who got stuck on Cedar Mountain road one night when a tree fell in front of him and as he went to turn around one fell behind him. He got to spend then night until a friend of mine found him with a chain saw the next day.
I am always glad we don't have any big trees near the house. When the wind rips through the woods you can hear trees fall and it is an erie sound. All is safe in Leetonia. Mountain girl, Paula, logging out.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
3. Bark Spilt
4. Crown die back
5. Emerald Ash Borer
For those of you that have noticed a number of purple boxes hanging from trees in the area, this is one of the pests they are looking for,the Emerald Ash Borer.
The Ash borer was first located in Michigan in 2002 and was located last week in the town of Bath, NY.
The concern is that once the ash borer builds up its numbers it will spread more rapidly through the contiguous forests of ash in NY and Pa then it did in Michigan where the trees are broken up by farm fields.
The pest often tags along on firewood from campers bringing it from infested areas.
Locally, the bat factory in Galeton uses ash to produce its bats and would stand the most to loose from the loss of ash in the area. If you think you see one of these pest you should let the DNCR know and keep the pest in and closed container. Kill any you see.
Well today is my birthday and we are planning a trip down to the Penn Caves. It is supposed to be a hot day so the cool temps of the cave will be a welcome relief. Mountain girl, Paula, logging out.
Monday, July 19, 2010
When the weather gets hot the rattlesnakes are on the move crossing the road to get to the cooler streams. Between Lee and I we have seen 5 snakes in the last two weeks. Two yellow rattlers and 3 black rattlers.
There is a mini cub explosion going on in Leetonia. We have a mother with three cubs and one with four cubs. It is unusual to see either but both is unheard of since we have lived here.
You are probably wondering what this picture has to do with bears or snakes. Nothing! As you are going toward Leetonia on Leetonia Road two bridges past the Whippoorwill camp you will come to a long winding hill. This hill is a bit hard to get up in the winter when there is snow and ice not so much because of the grade but the turns and length can wear out a good run at it. Well I guess this hill has another name according to Bravo Button, 80, and lifelong resident of the area. They used to call it "Balk Hill", because the horses would stop and rest or balk as they pulled wagons up the hill. No amount of pleading would make them move until they were rested. I can't say I blame them. We are finishing up the second round of Census this week and hope to get back to a more normal summer schedule. Got a visit from Mark Amand and his wife over the weekend, always nice to see a reader and lover of Leetonia stop in person. Mountain girl, Paula, logging out.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Hunter my nephew who had been trying to find a bear was thrilled and got his picture in front of two bears, a live one and a not so live one. You can guess which one was more exciting.
We went to the Galeton "Red Suspender Days", and watched the fire companies compete to spray the little red ball back and forth on a line. The team that puts the ball back over the heads of the other team and hits that teams pole wins.
It was fun on a hot day and many of the kids stood close enough to get caught in the over spray of water.
We are heading down to Slate Run to see their firework display tonight and the weather promises to be perfect. Hope all of you enjoy your 4th of
July celebrations as well. Mountain girl, Paula, logging off.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
The largest snake they had caught was 53" and is the one in the video with Lee. She said it was very heavy when the guy let some of the weight into her hand.
The snakes are micro-chipped and released back were they were caught since they are protected. The Timber rattles for the most part are one of the most docile of the rattlesnakes, generally trying to stay away from people.
The event last two days and they give prizes out for the biggest yellow and the biggest black timber rattler as well as the biggest snake.
The kids at the event always get a kick out of seeing the snakes. People who are afraid of the snakes usually stay away. I know my daughter wouldn't go within a hundred miles of any snake.
Mountain girl, Paula, logging out.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Although, the last part probably doesn't apply to the people who oppose it the most...the ones who aren't getting any royalties and have to deal with the mess.
On a lighter note I posted some pictures of the mountain laurel blooming on top of Cedar Mountain. Now is the time to get out and see it. I am thinking it may be past its prime by the time of the Laurel festival.
Guess the contrast between beauty and development will continue. The best remedy is to soak up the beauty.
Mountain girl, Paula, logging out.