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Every once and awhile you have to live a little and go off the beaten path and hike marshland game trails.  Along Ridley Creek on the old Heilbron Estate, Pennsylvania.

Every once and awhile you have to live a little and go off the beaten path and hike marshland game trails. Along Ridley Creek on the old Heilbron Estate, Pennsylvania.

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I call this one...  "Sunset Dancers" for obvious reasons.  As you can see the trees in front of the sun give the appearance of tall thin dancers wearing skirts dancing around a fire.  Photo was taken near Kirkwood Preserve, in the village of White Horse, Pennsylvania.

I call this one… “Sunset Dancers” for obvious reasons. As you can see the trees in front of the sun give the appearance of tall thin dancers wearing skirts dancing around a fire. Photo was taken near Kirkwood Preserve, in the village of White Horse, Pennsylvania.

 

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A Female Red Tail Hawk Perches Above the Trail at Alapocas Woods Park

A Female Red Tail Hawk Perches Above the Trail at Alapocas Woods Park

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Sunset on Springton Lake near Hildacy Farm Preserve, Pennsylvania

Sunset on Springton Lake near Hildacy  Farm Preserve, Pennsylvania

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What is Yuletide?  Where did it start?

You will find the answers and more than you probably ever could have imagined in this article.  Learn how Halloween, Christmas, Mummer’s Day, and Easter are all related due to their ancient origins.

Winter Solstice

According to the Neolithic peoples (and by some in modern times),  the winter solstice, the point at which the sun reaches the lowest point in the sky during the seasonal cycle of Earth, marks a celebration of light.  Afterwards the days begin getting longer as the sun reverses the decent of its horizontal track in the sky, until the summer solstice is reached.  A celebration was held beginning the first day after winter solstice and ending twelve days later at the beginning of January. This celebration was known as Yule or Yuletide.  When the end of Yule came, the Pagans would darken their faces with soot or wear animal like masks in one final celebration known as Darkie Day or Montol.  With the onset of Christianity, the Yule festival was merged into the celebration of Christmas and the time as shifted to begin on the 25th of December and end on the 6th of January or the Epiphany.  Montol, or Darkie Day, eventually became known as Mummer’s Day.  Read the full story>>

At Stonehenge on the winter solstice, the rising sun aligns perfectly with the large trio of monolithic stones and a flat stone table in the center of the structure
At Stonehenge on the winter solstice, the rising sun aligns perfectly with the large trio of monolithic stones and a flat stone table in the center of the structure. This is believed to be the site of Yule rituals held by the ancient Pagans.

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I have had people tell me that I should not do the things that I do alone.  Sorry, but I’m not going to sit on my a** and do nothing just because no one else wants to do it with me.   My answer…   watch me.   Read the full story>>

 

People Tell Me That I Should Not Do the Things That I Do Alone

People Tell Me That I Should Not Do the Things That I Do Alone.. watch me.

 

 

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Spanning the Pennsylvania / Delaware Border is a little known tract of land that is a gem among the urban sprawl of the Greater Philadelphia Area.  Just north of Wilmington, Delaware the Woodlawn Trust Wildlife Refuge is a great place to get out and go for a hike and enjoy nature at it’s best…  Read the full story>>

A hiker and horseback rider traveling together on the trails at Woodlawn Trust Wildlife Preserve

A hiker and horseback rider traveling together on the trails at Woodlawn Trust Wildlife Preserve

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