Traveling to Elk County ~ Part 1

Tuesday, September 26

My sister and brother-in-law told us earlier in the summer that they wanted to take us to Elk County when the elk were in rut.

That is something we always wanted to do, but just never took time to do it, plus we didn’t know the area. Marlin knows every road.

Marlin was a bit concerned that it wouldn’t be a good elk-viewing evening, but we had barely gotten into the area when we saw a nice bull not far from the car.

Then we saw a nice doe as we were entering the Visitor Center.

This is why they are called “white tail.”

The Visitor Center was already busy in the early afternoon.

Chelsey (Marlin and Nancy’s youngest daughter), Marlin and Nancy.

A mature bull

There was a lot of information about elk in the center.

A cow

A newborn calf

Nancy and Chelsey checking out some information.


There was also information about other Pennsylvania wildlife.

Black bear

Albino deer and wild turkey

As we were leaving, Marlin noticed a few turkeys in the field next to the parking lot.

We went to the Benezett Restaurant for an early supper (4:00 pm) so we would be ready to see elk as they were coming out in the evening.

It was a small town restaurant – one of only a few in the area – and soon filled with locals and others who were there to see elk.

An elk burger

It was close to 6:00 when we were back on the road – and before long we saw another flock of turkeys.

This nice young bull was right along the road in somebody’s yard.

Before long he started moving and crossed the road right in front of us.

About that time Nancy noticed movement on the hillside in front of us.

He was coming after the young bull – not wanting him in the same territory.

Maybe that is why the younger one got out of the way.

He was a beauty

He didn’t stop long, but kept walking after the young bull.

He knew right where the young bull was headed.

I was hanging out the back seat window to take the next few pictures.

According to my camera, this all happened in two minutes – from the first picture of the young bull in the yard until this one of the big bull crossing the road in front of us.

We would have liked to see them get into a fight, but the young bull was out of sight by the time the big one crossed the road.


Tomorrow night – more elk pictures.

Road Trip – Part 18 – The Lake

Monday, April 13 to Friday, April 17

The Lake (1)This is Bob and Doris’ back yard.

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The Lake (4)It is unusual to not see or hear water fowl during this time of year.

The Lake (5)Bulrushes that survived the cold winter.

The Lake (6)There were many red-winged blackbirds who perched on them and did everything they could to get my attention with their noisy song.

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The Lake (10)I enjoyed catching the bulrush’s fluffy seed heads in the morning or evening sunlight.

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The Lake (14)When I mentioned to Loraine that I was going to the lake to take pictures, she offered to go along. 

The Lake (15)There were trumpeter swans making a lot of noise as they came in for a landing.

The Lake (16)They landed beyond my sight, so I did not see them in the water.

The Lake (17)During our time there I saw a variety of ducks and waterfowl.

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The Lake (18)I am not an accomplished birder, but I think these are goldeneyes.

If I have identified any of these incorrectly, please let me know.

The Lake (23)Hooded mergansers

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The Lake (24)Wood ducks

The Lake (28)Canada goose

The Lake (26)Pretty Reflections

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The Lake (32)If I lived next to this lake, I would have to retire so I could take pictures all day.

Sportsmen’s Dinner

Friday evening, March 6 – Worship Center, Leola, Pennsylvania.

Sportsmans Dinner (1)Jana, Josh, Ian, Cerwin, Jere, and I went for the 5:00 PM meal. (There are three time choices – 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM, and 6:00 PM.)

We like the early seating, as it gives us time to see vendors and reserve seats in the auditorium before the crowd arrives.

Sportsmans Dinner (2)My platter of ribs, pulled pork, beans, macaroni salad, and coleslaw. There was also a wide variety of desserts – which I did not photograph.

This delicious food was prepared by Hess’s BBQ –

Sportsmans Dinner (3)I enjoyed reading the Bible verses on the wall of the fellowship hall.

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Sportsmans Dinner (5)We enjoyed visiting vendors – especially Kevin (blue shirt) who is our local contact person for Whitetail Trophy Hunt, Osage Beach, Missouri, where Cerwin hunted in 2013 – and I went along for the experience.

Sportsmans Dinner (6)Next to him were our neighbors Roy & Faye Reiff, owners of Rawhide Guide Service.

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Sportsmans Dinner (9)Ian entered a shooting competition.

Sportsmans Dinner (10)He was surprised and pleased to learn – during the program – that he earned second place.

Sportsmans Dinner (11)His prize – a Hunting Video Game.

Sportsmans Dinner (13)A favorite vendor of mine is the beautiful decoys.

Sportsmans Dinner (12)It amazes me that these are hand made.

Sportsmans Dinner (14)The skilled owners of Metzger Decoys.

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Sportsmans Dinner (17)I enjoyed visiting with these vendors.

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Sportsmans Dinner (19)Taxidermy is another skill that fascinates me.

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Sportsmans Dinner (23)After reserving 17 seats for our family and friends, and visiting vendors, I went to the silent auction room and bid on a few things.

Each item I bid on eventually received higher bids, meaning I didn’t get anything. That’s good, because I really didn’t need anything.

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Sportsmans Dinner (29)Then I went to the auditorium to wait for the program to begin. The stage was decorated with a flock of turkeys.

Sportsmans Dinner (30)Several items were auctioned at 7:00 PM – just before the beginning of a huge assortment of door prizes.

Jordan and I were the only two from our group who had our number called. I forget what he won, but I got a pink t-shirt (which I gave to Jana and Diana – I think Jana kept it.), a wildlife blanket (which looks great in the man cave.), and a $25 gift certificate to Kohl’s (which I spent on a maxi skirt).

Sportsmans Dinner (31)It took about an hour to give away all the door prizes – then they threw a lot of t-shirts , into the audience. You can see many of our family members in this photo – hoping to get a shirt. See if you can find: Jere, Diana, Jeff (look between Diana and Jana), Jana, Nate (behind Jana), Josh, Jenna (mostly hidden behind Josh), Dustan, Ian, (front) my empty seat, and Cerwin. Jordan (hidden behind Diana) and three friends were also there, and next to Jere were two other friends for whom we saved seats. That should equal our 17 seats.

Sportsmans Dinner (33)The featured speaker was Chad Schearer (and his family), a champion elk caller and outfitter from Montana.

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Sportsmans Dinner (34)He began by asking us to imagine that it was early morning and we were in a field surrounded by elk.

Sportsmans Dinner (35)He began calling elk, and soon we heard elk behind us.

Sportsmans Dinner (36)The 2nd and 3rd calls came from his sons Wyatt and Walker who walked in the back doors and up the aisle to the stage while calling elk.

Sportsmans Dinner (37)Walker

Sportsmans Dinner (38)Wyatt and his dad.

Sportsmans Dinner (39)He asked how many young hunters bagged their first deer this year. There were quite a few. He gave prizes to several – including these bows.

Sportsmans Dinner (40)After introducing his boys, doing a variety of wildlife calls, and showing some hunting and fishing videos, he called his wife Marcia to the stage.

Sportsmans Dinner (41)It was quite fun to hear about some of their hunting experiences.

He closed the program with a gospel message – reminding us that it is important to invite your friends and family to enjoy the great outdoors, but it is even more important to invite Christ into your life and follow Him.