While it is certainly more exciting to visit places such as Grand Canyon,California,Alaska, etc I simply lack the financial resources to be on the road all the time so while in my home area I do shorter hikes with my dog. In their own way such trips can be exciting.
New harness on the trail
Sat March 8 was a warm day,an early taste of spring! Wes and I took a long hike along the Batona trail in the NJ pine barrens. His old harness was threadbare after several years use,so here he is wearing his brand new one!
Ice on Evans Bridge pond
partially iced over pond several miles along the trail. It`s been a long cold winter!
Hiking the Evans Bridge section of the trail
Wes pulls nicely when we hike,hence the sledding harness helps!
Snow on a trail bridge
Warm lunch spot
Wes eats out of his fabric trail bowl
Pond reflectiuons near Martha Bridge
The town of Martha and an old furnace once stood near this spot.
Crossing Martha Bridge
This old bridge on the Martha road in the pine barrens is now rather dilapidated and is only open to foot traffic. A nice swimming hole is nearby.
Why this square opening exists in this tree along Martha road,I have no idea. It is rather distinctive,though. Wes dozes in the sun nearby while I hunt down a geocache.
Secluded pinelands beach
I discovered this isolated beach tucked well off the trail itself because a geocache was hidden here. It would make a nice summer swimming spot.
Wes at the secluded beach
NJ Rt 679
isolated road thru the NJ Pine Barrens. Batona trail crosses here.
digital negative of the last photo creates a nighttime winter effect.
We finished up the long hike a few hrs after dark by headlamp. Wes wears his red doglight.
Lunch spot near Pine Rd
Long hike thru Pennypack Park in NE Phila yesterday. There is just a light snow cover remaining and it was pleasant if cold hiking.
In all the years this has been here,I never saw it before yesterday. The odd structure sits near the end of Pennypack Park near Pine Rd. Story behind it is here:http://arslocii.wordpress.com/2010/02/17/embodying-thoreau-pennypack-park-philadelphia/
Hut artist and builder
It was a 7 mile hike from my house to the end of the park at Fox Chase farm. Nice cloud patterns over the snowy farm field.
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Beach fence at Barnegat Inlet
Feb 24 2014. A winter day hiking at Island Beach State Park in NJ.
Dune grasses and shrubs
A unique feature at Island Beach are the dunes and vegetation on the beach. Most NJ beaches lack these features.
Man made dike
This unusual feature appears to be a dike of sorts. Island Beach is a NJ barrier island separated from the mainland by Barnegat Bay. The sedge islands in Barnegat Bay can be seen in the distance.
Barnegat Bay coastline
Man made dike
This dike has what appear to be openings on the top,perhaps to allow water to be pumped in. It was a bit squishy walking atop it. This is at Barnegat Inlet looking towards the Atlantic Ocean.
view towards the sedge islands in Barnegat Bay
Remote beach by the sedge islands
We hiked the Atlantic beach for about 5 miles down to the inlet then around the back side of the island along Barnegat Bay. This remote beach was as far as we could go.
Tent shelter for lunch
took along my backpacking tent in order to have our lunch out of the Feb cold.
Filter effect on winter sun
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My bootprint in the sand
Too cold to go barefoot in Feb! Rather looks like a footprint on the moon!
Beach house garage
This beach house is unoccupied and used by the NJ park service for storage. The garage door was ajar,so we went inside for a look around.
Negative pic of window bottles in the next photo
Bottles in window
We climbed the stairs from the garage to the second story. Neat bottle arrangement in this window!
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Lamp and object on coffee table
Not sure what this object was,but it`s rather pretty. The small floats inside had numbers on them such as 75 etc,so maybe it is a thermometer of sorts.
Wonderful views of the beach and dunes from the windows!
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Wes relaxes by my backpack
Frankly,Scarlet,I don`t give a damn!
Old beach photo
Old pic from years ago at Island Beach
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Old but nice pic
one of several old photos that were lying around.
lighthouse ceramic by porthole window.
Intricate ship model
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Hiking back along the ocean from Barnegat inlet and bay.
Atlantic Ocean late afternoon
According to my GPS,Spain was directly across the pond! Other than a single ranger beach patrol,we saw nobody else here all day!
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Center City Phila skyline
A view of some Philly skyscrapers as I rode my bike thru center city yesterday
The silver building in the center is the Comcast tower
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Climbing out of the Water Gap
A short day hike along the Appalachian trail,May 18,2013. We hiked several miles south from the scenic Delaware Water Gap. This was a pretty little creek that the trail crossed as we began the climb up the mountain.
Summit of Mt Minsi.
This is the mountain summit on the PA side of the Delaware Water Gap.
The Delaware river dividing PA and NJ as seen from Mt Minsi.
Ingrown AT sign
A few miles south of the Water Gap,a tree has partially grown around an old sign marking the Appalachian Trail.
Murphy`s law,a light rain began to fall as we stopped in this clearing beside the trail for lunch.
blue blazed side trail leads a short distance back to a log cabin trail shelter---the Kirkridge shelter. It was full of hikers seeking respite from the cool rain today!
Remnant of an old structure
On the return hike we passed these old stone steps at the summit of Mt Minsi. They could belong to a building associated with the old fire tower that was once here.
Mt Tammany fog
clouds of mist drift past Mt Tammany on the NJ side of Delaware Water Gap.
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saw this mosaic while riding thru Manayunk on my way out to Valley Forge.
Schuykill canal at the Black Rock dam
this is one of the few remaining sections of this canal left. The water appears nice and deep here,a good summer swimming spot perhaps! This was about 5 miles past Valley Forge.
Lock tender`s house
There was a small lock tender`s house nearby with a small garden. This interesting stone book was in the front garden.
Lock tender`s garden
Lamp at the lock tender house
I liked the rather unique design! There is a small rainbow caught in the glass at left.
Banks of the Schuykill river
On the way back,I rode the river trail in Valley Forge park. Stopped for lunch at this pretty spot.
some digital art on the previous pic.
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Valley Forge farmhouse
Valley Forge field
Colonial pocket watch
Sunday May 5 was a beautiful day for a long bike ride. I rode the Valley Forge bike path out to the park and stopped in the visitor center as well as riding around the perimiter of the park. This item was on display at the visitor center.
this was a puzzling item. It resembles perhaps a cigarette lighter that a colonial solder might have used.
initially each of the 13 colonies printed their own currency. I had to shoot this thru glass but a close look indicates a 2/3 dollar note,an unusual denomination!
Twenty shilling note. Circled in red is the grim warning "to counterfeit is death"---I wonder if they really meant that!
Washington`s encampment at Valley Forge.
Washington`s headquarters at Valley Forge
The continental solders lived in tents or wooden huts but Washington and top officers commandiered this house for lodging during the encampment.
Inside Washington`s HQ
The next several pix show rooms inside HQ with period furniture and colonial uniforms.
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Nice old style canopy bed here! This is the room where General Washington slept and Martha too when she came to visit.
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another room used by an officer.
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love the sword and tricorner hat!
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There was a small attic where servants and sometimes slaves slept.
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this was obviously a servant or slave`s bed!
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Another hike in the NJ Pine Barrens Sat May 4,13. This is an old mansion in Batsto village. Interesting architecture especially the topmost room!
The topmost room seems to have a nautical theme as what appears to be a ship`s mast protrudes from the roof.
almost like a ship`s crows nest!
Mansion dining room
I had to shoot this thru the glass window,hence the glare. I love the candles on the table,it would be a nice way to dine by candlelight. There is an electric chandelier,but I don`t know if it was added later. Perhaps the original inhabitants lit the entire place by candles!
I like the fireplace and the old victor phonograph on the table.
Reflections in the Mullica river
Ripples in the Mullica
It was a warm saturday,so Wes and I swam here briefly,hence the ripples.
Swimming spot in the Mullica river
Budding twig along Mullica river trail
May 2,13---hiking the trails in Washington Crossing,NJ
Wellhouse at Stiles lodge
I liked the way the old well house on the Stiles preserve was backdropped by trees with their early spring leaves.
this old stone wall appears to surround what was once a garden.It sits on the lawn in front of the lodge on the Stiles preserve.
Lilacs at the Stiles preserve
Relaxing at our lunch spot
a pleasant creek flows thru this section of the Stiles preserve on Baldpate Mt. Wes and I had our lunch here beside the creek on this warm spring day.
Lillies at our lunch spot
unfortunately the lilly is a bit out of focus here but it was a pretty sight nonetheless.
Sun and jet contrail
Hiking the powerline cut on the Stiles preserve
Farm along Valley road
Leaving the trails on the Stiles preserve,we had to hike a few miles along Valley rd. It is a peaceful country road.
We were nearing the link up with the canal towpath at this point.
Valley road mailbox
this humble mailbox is a work of art!
Silos on the Howell living history farm
Nearing the canal towpath,we hiked past the Howell living history farm.
Howell Living History farm
The corn maze probably occurs in the fall.
Geese on Wolf Swamp
Mon April 29 was a misty cool day. We lugged a small tent along for shelter and took a hike in PA game lands 38 near Tannersville. This is a wilderness area in the pocono mts. Hiking in light rain and fog is a bit other worldly!
Goose on wolf swamp
Game lands 38 contains a number of small lakes like this one. They assume an eerie but peaceful appearance in fog.
Trail signs in the mist
Afternoon mist and fog on the RR trail
We hiked this trail,actually an old railroad bed,in early afternoon.
Fog shrouded picnic area at the summit of Big Pocono mt. Big Pocono state park adjoins game lands 38.
US and PA flags
flags above the ranger station at Big Pocono summit.
Powerline in fog
Under the Mullica River
Another warm spring day hiking in the NJ pine barrens. After I took this photo under the Mullica river,it somehow reminded me of the surface of the sun.
Planet Vulcan orbits the sun!
Inspired by the previous photo,I used a bit of digital "magic" here. Astronomers once theorized that a planet called Vulcan circled the sun inside the orbit of Mercury. This is how I imagine Vulcan might look.
Underwater view of a Mullica river lilly pad
Plant life in the shallow water of the Mullica
The gentle underwater current caused some blurring.
small log beneath the Mullica river
with a little imagination,it becomes a sunken shipwreck!
Droplets on cabbage ferns
not really sure about the name of this plant,but as it resembles a cross between skunk cabbage and a fern,that is what I called it.Hiking the trails thru Washington xing enroute to the Stiles preserve. 4-24-13
Old steam roller
on the periphery of Washington crossing park,NJ there is a display of old equiptment.
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Howard farm ruins
I just did the BW here for the effect. This is the old Howard farm on the Stiles preserve.
Howard farm ruins
original of the previous photo
BW Howard farm ruins
as before,BW done here just for the effect.
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Howard farm fireplace
A window on the old farmhouse was not boarded up,so I climbed inside to look around. This appears to have once been a nice living room where a crackling fire warmed the family after a day`s work on the farm.
The lodge farm
I refer to these old farm buildings as the "lodge farm" since they are near the modern lodge on the Stiles preserve. I liked the way the temporary blue fencing contrasted with the green grass.
Temporary blue fencing on the old lodge farm
Large field on the Stiles preserve in which the modern lodge sits. It was a warm day in the 70`s.
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Wes and pump
old rusted pump near the main lodge.
this is a mosaic of the next photo---the wonders of digital photography!
Trees along stiles creek
a pleasant little stream where Wes and I had lunch on this warm spring day.
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the trail thru the Stiles preserve ends on Valley road where we had a few miles of road walking to reach Washington`s rock. We passed the Howell living history farm where draft horses are still used to plow the fields. Much nicer than using tractors in my opinion!
Goat Hill rd
Goat Hill rd was one of the country roads that we had to hike along to reach Washington`s rock from the Stiles preserve. Pleasant hiking as the roads were lightly traveled and led us past nice farms.
Wes at Washington`s Rock
Legend has it that Washington used this spot as a lookout during the Revolution. Below can be seen the rapids at New Hope. We love to run them in a raft come summer!
Wes at Washington`s Rock
wing dam on the Delaware below and the rapids
Chimney Hill Inn
Continuing our hike along Goat Hill rd,we passed this charming B&B. Goat Hill rd led us into Lambertville,NJ where we crossed the bridge to PA
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Canal Lock at Lambertville,NJ
Perkiomen creek hedge
This is an unusual hedge along the bike path just above Valley Forge. The path parallels the Perkiomen creek here. The day was warm---70`s---but on the misty side.
My bike rests against the hedge.
It was a warm day for biking although there were some light morning showers. I had ridden about 35 miles by this point.
I arrived in Valley Forge park around noon and rode the loop trail there. These are reconstructed huts from Washington`s encampment.
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My sister experiences these things down in FL. First time I`ve seen them up here!
Rock wall on the Stiles preserve
another warm spring day and more hiking on baldpate mountain,site of the stiles preserve. This was a large and interesting rock wall that we hiked past. Evidence of farming here long ago.
Large rock wall on the Stiles preserve
crumbling rock structure on the Stiles preserve. Perhaps an old stone farmhouse.
doing some online research before the hike,I learned that this magnificent overlook existed. It only involved a few extra miles of road walking to get there from the stiles preserve and traffic on the 2 lane country roads was light.
Goat Hill overlook
magnificent views of the Delaware River and the bridges linking Lambertville NJ and New Hope PA. There was a geocache hidden nearby also---# 400 for me!
the bridges as seen from Goat Hill. Nearer one links Lambertville and New Hope. The more distant one is the US 202 bridge. Wes and I often raft here in the summer.
Late afternoon reflections
We crossed the river via the New Hope bridge and hiked the canal towpath back on the PA side.
Well house and pond
another fine spring day hiking in the stiles preserve on baldpate mountain. There is a lovely little pond on the grounds of the old Howard farm.
Howard pond panorama
used my photo program to stitch together several photos to create a panorama of the pond
Ruins on the Howard farm
this is a very peaceful spot on a warm spring day!
about a half mile away from the old Howard farm are the ruins of another farm. Oddly enough,there is a modern lodge building sitting here as well.
Lodge and greenhouse
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Lodge and patio
the lodge building has a nice patio which affords a commanding view of the sweeping lawn and the Delaware river below.
Delaware river overlook seen from lodge patio
Lodge greenhouse seen from the back of building
this is a smaller modern building located a short distance from the main lodge.
Field near the red trail
the red blazed trail beyond this field leads away from the lodge buildings and around the back of baldpate mountain
Field near the red trail
pump and isolated rock outcrop
an old rusted pump sits in the field near the red trail. Just beyond is an unusual isolated rock outcrop. There is perhaps some geological significance to this?
passed this interesting sign as we hiked some country roads to get back to the delaware canal towpath from the stiles preserve. The maze probably wont be there until the corn grows tall in the fall.
Wes and water drop
Sat 4-13-13 was a pleasantly warm spring day so Wesley and I took a long hike in the NJ pine barrens. There was a raindrop hanging from this leaf which I tried to photograph. Unfortunately it didn`t show up but I rather liked the shot anyway.
marker by the rt 563 crossing of the Batona trail. I doubt the person is actually buried here. More likely,the ashes were scattered in the pines.
bright sunshine today made for nice reflections in the tea colored streams of the pine barrens as the next several shots reveal.
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unusual tree with a large square opening in the trunk. It is located near Martha bridge.
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James E Howard farm
Another hike on Bald Pate mountain on an unusually warm spring day. This old farm sits by a pleasant little pond,where I took a short swim---4-10-13
James E Howard farm
Hiking above the farm site on the white blazed crest trail. The little pond can be seen at right center.
Fenceline overlook geocache
this small geocache was hidden inside of a tree beside the crest trail.
the ruins of another old farm on Bald Pate mountain,also known as the Ted Stiles preserve. I call it the lodge farm as there is a nice lodge here.
Old greenhouse on the lodge farm
the stone foundation of an old structure on the lodge farm property.
Greenhouse and dogwood tree
Present amongst the old farm structures here is a modern lodge building. The patio commands an impressive view of the Delaware river.
There is another greenhouse attached to the main lodge building.
Well house and river
Interesting well house on the property. The Delaware river is seen below.
Looks rather nice inside!
Ted Stiles marker
I`ve been hiking at Washington`s crossing for many years and never knew that this large preserve adjoined the park. I only discovered the preserve while hunting down a geocache hidden here. Always nice to discover a new hiking area right in your own backyard!
Fog over the Delaware River
4-1-13 This hike started at Washington Crossing Park in early morning fog as we crossed the bridge from PA to NJ.
Hiking the trails on the NJ side of the park we passed these colorful log sections enroute to a hidden geocache.
James E Howard farm
After finding the Washington Crossing cache we proceeded on to the Ted Stiles preserve on Bald Pate mountain. I couldn`t find the cache hidden here but it did lead me to discover an area that I never knew existed. This was an old farm on the preserve. The buildings are in disrepair today.
Pond on the Howard farm
Too chilly on this April day,but in summer it would be a wonderful swimming hole!
The ridge trail followed along the top of Bald Pate mountain with some nice views. The final section followed a powerline.
Tubes in trees probably to collect sap for maple syrup. The trail ended at the Howell living history farm.
Under the powerline
We had lunch in warm sunshine here as it was a pleasant open area.
Hiking along Valley road
Leaving the Stiles preserve,I knew that I could navigate back to the canal towpath using a waypoint on my GPS. We had to hike a few pleasant country roads to get there.
Late afternoon hiking the Delaware Canal towpath
Clouds and pines
3-30-13 Hiking the Mullica river jeep road on a warm early spring day in the NJ pine barrens.
The CNJ (Central New Jersey) railroad is now unused and overgrown with trees in many places. In this section,we used the tracks as a hiking route to connect 2 trails in the Pine Barrens. The tracks cross an old,partially rotten trestle over the Mullica River. We had to cross with care!
Wesley hiking the CNJ tracks.
The unused tracks make a wonderful secluded hiking route!
Pine Barrens lunch spot
We had our lunch beside the CNJ tracks near the trestle. After lunch,we relaxed here for a bit.
Mullica River trail
After crossing the CNJ RR trestle,we reached the Mullica river trail for the hike back to our starting point at Batsto.
Reflections at Quaker Bridge
Hiking a series of trails on the way back to Batsto,we passed this section of the Batsto river at Quaker Bridge. Wesley needed a drink here and I just enjoyed the scenery.
Under the Batsto river
this was an unintended effect. I lowered my camera into the river on a dog leash. The self timer was on and snapped this pix. It shows sunlight streaming underwater from the surface.
Under the Batsto river
nice sign at Washington Crossing State Park in PA
Log cut Washington Crossing park NJ
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Log cut and raindrops
there was a rain/snow event the previous day and we came upon this scene while walking thru Washington Crossing park NJ.
Pebbled bottom of Batsto lake
Sat 3-23-13 We had just started our hike in the Pine Barrens and were walking past Batsto lake. Wes stopped for a drink and I had time to admire the view.
Ripples in Batsto lake
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Passing Batsto lake we hiked thru the Pine Barrens on a sandy jeep road on the opposite side of the Mullica river. The cool nights of early spring left a skim of ice on the pond surface. Many deep puddles along this jeep road as well as deep sand. Definately suitable only for hiking or 4WD!
The Beaver Pond
We hiked the jeep road to the little village of Atsion,then began the hike back along the Mullica river trail which is on the side of the river opposite the jeep road. Stopped for lunch at this beautiful spot.
Batsto river near sunset
On the Batsto lake trail late in the afternoon. This is the section of the river just before it flows into Batsto lake. On a warm summer day,I`d love to swim out to the small island in center of photo!
Reflections in the Batsto river.
Reflestions in Batsto---tinted
This was a fortunate mistake. I accidentally did something with the photo program (no idea what???)but the result was nice!
More reflections in the Batsto river
East Coast Greenway
Tuesday,March 19,2013 Wesley and I were hiking the Raritan Canal towpath in central NJ. It is part of the East Coast Greenway which when completed will link cities from Maine to Florida. About 25% has been completed thus far,the remainder is still on public roads. It will be sort of an urban version of the Appalachian Trail!
plaque on a bench along the towpath. I liked the "moon" anology!
wild looking marsh just off a section of the canal towpath. A side trail leads thru this marsh to the 1761 Brearley House which was an old colonial homestead.
I just happened to catch Wes doing this little "dance"!
US 1 crossing
not a particularly scenic photo,but it illustrates the bridge which allows hikers along the canal to cross busy US 1. Obviously a lot of work went into this pedestrian crossing!
US 1 crossing
branches reflected in the water of the Raritan canal. I used the mosaic filter to create some abstract art images from this photo.
Tree branch reflections mosaic
1st mosaic created with my photo program filter. Digital photography is so much "cooler" than the days of film!
Tree branch mosaic 2
accented the blues to create this one. The blue comes from the sky and the brown is the tree branches.white color comes from the clouds.
Bare branches and sky along the canal towpath
Mosaic 1 from the previous photo
Mini Washington monument
stone marker erected in 1914 to comemorate Washington`s march along this route. The one in DC is just a bit bigger,LOL!
towpath crosses the commuter train tracks here.
mosaic of the tracks created with my photo program.
this dam backs up a portion of the Millstone river thus creating lake Carnegie. It is a private lake beside this section of the towpath. Princeton University uses it for rowing practice.
Ship on Delaware river
Sunday March 17,2013. The Tacony bridge which crosses the Delaware river from Phila to NJ was open to allow a ship to pass thru. We were on our way to the NJ Pine Barrens for a day hike.
white foam like deposit on a pine barrens stream. It`s probably a chemical that leaches out from the trees or other vegetation. Almost looks like a small iceberg!
the batona trail passes these secretive bogs in the pine barrens. they lend a sense of mystery to the area!
memorial to a beloved pet. This was a wooden bridge over a boggy area along the Batona trail in the NJ pine barrens.
Wesley crossing Sassy`s bridge
My GPS indicates the Vernal Equinox
my gps indicated that sunrise and sunset were 7:06 and 19:06 respectively. The vernal equinox marks the first day of spring and according to the GPS it was today 3-17-13 and not a few days later as the calendar says!
This is an old road crossing over a deep pine barrens stream. The bridge was once open to traffic but now is rather dilapidated and suitable only for foot travel or bikes.
nice beach beside a nice swimming hole at Martha Bridge. Too bad it was chilly today!
Furthest point hiked.
at various points along the Batona trail,tne NJ forest service has signs posted. I hiked as far south as the circle indicates. Wes and I have now done about 2/3 of the Batona trail.
March 14 2013,hiking a new section of the Batona trail thru the NJ Pine Barrens. Wesley and I came upon this memorial to a Harley biker at a road crossing.
Hiking the Batona trail
The sun was out and temps were close to 50 on this day which made for some pleasant hiking!
I stopped to admire some mosses growing at the base of a tree along the trail. Took a few pix.
Moss and tree trunk
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New trail marker
The Batona trail thru the pine barrens is marked by pink blazes painted on trees. Here as we neared Rt 563,I came upon a prefabricated wooden blaze. Bit more durable than the painted on blazes,some of which are growing rather faint.
NJ RT 563
Wes and I reached this road crossing before turning around. We have now hiked about 2/3 of the Batona trail thru the Pine Barrens.
hiking back from RT 563,we noticed this metal post. The top cover is padlocked shut. It may be a bore hole for sounding the subterrainian aquifier. A huge body of water underlies the pine barrens.
we hiked past this small bog. Many such bogs and small lakes are present in the pine barrens.
fungi spores on log
the small white dots may be fungi spores.
Great Swamp forest road
We returned to the NJ Pine Barrens about a week following our backpacking trip there. On that trip,I had briefly explored a forest road that passed a swampy area. I wanted to hike this road all the way to its terminus in Atsion and do a loop hike back to Batsto on the Mullica river trail. Thus we returned on Sat March 9---first warm spring day of the year!---and did the loop hike.
Scenery along the Great Swamp forest road
This sandy forest road traverses remote areas of the pine barrens from Batsto to Atsion,a distance of about 7 miles. Numerous deep pools of water must be circumvented along the way.
There was a old church in Atsion as we reached the end of the forest road and began our loop hike back along the yellow blazed Mullica River trail. It was locked,but I managed to get some shots thru the windows.
This church is well equipped for music as it appears that they have both a piano and an organ.
a few observations. No kneelers at the pews,either the congregants kneel on the hard wood floor or else sit thru much of the service. Also no altar,just a lectern.
there was a cemetary in the Atsion churchyard. Some of the gravestones were quite old. The person on the right would`ve had parents who were alive during the Revolution!
this person would`ve been about 15 at the start of the Civil War!
an abandoned railroad runs thru this section of the pine barrens. It was the old Central New Jersey railroad.
The living and the dead
live pines and a dead or just winter dormant tree
Wesley`s pawprints on a Mullica River beach
Batona trail near Batsto trailhead
The Batona trail is a 50 mile trail thru the NJ pine barrens. This is an intersecting side trail close to the trailhead where we began our hike.
this is really the size of a small lake and was reached via another side trail. Wesley and I were out on a long day hike Feb 24 2013. I just love the vast wilderness of the NJ Pine Barrens.
Mullica river in the Pine Barrens
The 2 main rivers here are the Batsto and the Mullica. the watercourses here are all an interesting tea color which adds to the mystique of the Pine Barrens!
Under the Mullica river
Ah the wonders of underwater photography! It rather looks like an alien planet!
while hiking the trails here,we met this group of equestrians. They told me that these cute guys are a rare breed called icelandic horses. I just love the long manes!
another side trail in the Pine Barrens!
Batsto Victorian home
Batsto village where we began and ended our hike today. I just love all the angles of this old house!
Batsto Victorian home at sunset
Log cut on towpath
Hiking the Delaware Canal towpath on a mild mid Feb day. Interesting texture on the log cut. This section is near the old Treasure Island Boy Scout camp.
Valentine`s Day at the Golden Pheasant Inn
apparently this quaint B&B along the canal towpath in Erwinna had a bit of a Valentine`s party the day before!
It was a warm Feb day---mid 50`s---and Wesley and I hiked the canal towpath 9 miles up to Giving Pond,a new PA state park adjacent the canal.
Lunch spot at Giving Pond
Frosted branches along Pennypack Creek
On the night of Feb 8,the Philadelphia area recieved a light snowfall. I took Wesley on a long hike thru Pennypack Park the next day.
Downed tree as a result of Hurricane Sandy last fall. It was cleared by park crews.
Closeup shot of the cut
even the ordinary can be transformed by a fresh snowfall!
after hiking about 5 miles,we stopped in a sunny clearing for lunch. this was near Pine road,the park`s boundary at the Mongomery county line.
these trees provided a windbreak. The cold wind was really blowing at times today and the large trees provided a bit of shelter. My campstove was burning here as well,providing some warmth as we ate lunch.
Timeline on a tree
Carvings on a tree near our lunch spot provide a glimpse back into the past.
Nearing the park boundary at Pine rd
Lorimer park is a small Montgomery county park that adjoins Pennypack park after Pine Rd. We hiked the loop trails here around Fox Chase Farm before returning to Pennypack and the hike back.
the wonders of digital photography! This is a negative image of the previous photo. A bit of digital abstract art!
Wesley resting on the trail next to Fox Chase farm.
Quaker Bridge geocache
Wesley and I did a day hike in the NJ pine barrens on 2-6-13. We hiked
the Batona trail 6 miles from Batsto village to where the old iron
Quaker Bridge crosses the Batsto river. This small magnetic geocache was
hidden on the underside of the bridge---been trying to find it since
Mullica River trail
Crossing the iron Quaker Bridge was a challenge for Wesley as the metal deck was open and I had to support him so his paws wouldn`t slip thru. Once across,we hiked over to the Mullica River trail and returned along it for a long loop hike.
Leaves and moss along the Mullica River trail
small beach on the Mullica river
Mullica river beach
this was early Feb,but could be a nice swimming spot in summer!
the water in the pine barrens is a brownish tea color due in part to tannic acid leaching in from vegetation. I`ve drunk it on overnite camping trips here with no adverse effects though.
Mullica River maze
overhanging tree limbs line much of the Mullica river,making it a challenge to kayak!
Stockton bridge in morning fog
Jan 30 2013. It was an unusually mild winter day and Wes and I undertook a long day hike along the canal towpath starting on the PA side and crossing the bridge to Stockton NJ to continue on. Fog persisted till mid morning but once it dissapated,the temp climbed to over 60 degrees!
hiking towards Bulls Island on the NJ side
we hiked side trails over to the Wescot wildlife preserve and observed this massive splintered trunk there.
Other part of the fallen tree
rain was predicted for the afternoon so I toted the tent along to have lunch out of the wet. The rain was very light but winds were really starting to gust as an approaching cold front prepared to usher out the warm temps.
stone farm wall
the wescot preserve was formerly a private farm as this stone wall illustrates. must`ve taken a lot of manual labor to construct it!
we hiked back over to the canal towpath and recrossed the bridge back to PA after dark. slow exposure created nice effects with headlights and taillights
Delaware River Ice Floes
Hiking the Delaware Canal towpath on a cold late January day. Wesley and I crossed the river on the pedestrian bridge at Bulls Island and observed ice floes floating down the river.
Wing Dam ice floes
Ice floes drift thru the wing dam about .6 miles upriver from the Bulls Island bridge. In summer,Wesley and I raft thru this spot as there is a nice set of rapids here.
Ice shelf on the Delaware River
Ice Shelf and floes near Eagle Island
several miles upriver from Bulls Island,we walked down to the river via a dirt ramp in the vicinity of Eagle Island.
continuing our hike along the snowy towpath---the day before there was a light powdery snowfall---we pass thru an area of cut trees. They had fallen across the towpath as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
Tall rugged cliffs rise beside the towpath in the vicinity of Uhlerstown. There is an old rock quarry here that has been converted into a PA State Park called Giving Pond.
Islands in Giving Pond
This is the rock quarry called Giving Pond. It is flooded and a small lake exists here dotted with small islands. Frozen on this cold winter day.
Wesley on an ice shelf
After having our lunch at Giving Pond,we hiked back across the river to Frenchtown,NJ. A small ice shelf extended out from the river bank.
Frenchtown Ice Shelf
Jan 23,2013 was a cold day in Pennsylvania`s Pocono Mts. Wes and I took a day hike near Tannersville in state game lands adjoining the Camelback Ski area. The low was 6 degrees and high temp was only 14. I lugged my tent along to have our lunch out of the cold.
our little camp stove simmered inside the tent generating warmth as we had lunch.
Cold winter sky
Late afternoon in State Game Lands
The moon rose over the snowy trails as our hike was ending. This made me think of Neil Armstrong!
Frozen surface of Wolf Swamp as we hiked past near sunset
Lights of Camelback Ski Area
it was dark when our pocono hike ended. the ski slopes of Camelback are lit up. Temp was about 8 degrees.
timed exposure created this effect of the lights at Camelback ski area
Beer can plane
There is a model airplane club located at Washington Crossing State Park,NJ. We stopped by while on a hike and saw this model beer can plane hanging from the club`s ceiling. Don`t drink and fly!
Wesley takes refuge from the chilly wind in the shelter of this massive backhoe. It was a cold January day along the towpath near New Hope.
Must be nice to have that kind of money!
Afternoon sun over Delaware River
Saturday Jan 19 was a sunny and fairly mild day so Wes and I took a long day hike along the Delaware Canal towpath. We hiked from Washington Crossing 7 miles south to Trenton NJ and back,snagging some geocaches along the way.
Sunny afternoon along the canal towpath
After several hours of hiking,Wes and I actually sat down against a tree here and relaxed a bit in the warm sun. It was about 50 F.
On the opposite bank from the towpath,we hiked past what appeared to be a college campus. I don`t know the name of the college,though.
reflections in the canal. Brought to mind Lewis Carroll`s "Thru the Looking Glass" !
I 95 crosses the canal
the late afternoon sun made even Interstate 95 look sort of pretty!
Setting sun at Scudders Falls
this is a nice set of Delaware river rapids.I must try running them next summer!
Washington Crossing bridge at night.
we had parked at Washington Crossing and arrived back well after dark.
Wesley and I hiked a new section of the Raritan Canal towpath in central NJ. A few miles south of rt 518 (Rocky Hill,NJ) the trail passes under a busy road via a metal culvert. Rather cool!
Just after crossing thru the metal culvert,we saw this historical marker beside the towpath.
The Millstone river was dammed early in the 20th century by businessman Andrew Carnegie to create this lake. It is used by the rowing team of Princeton University. The lake is rather extensive and the towpath runs alongside it for a few miles.
Control gear for dam gate
seems rather rusted. I don`t think it is used very much.
the Raritan Canal towpath follows somewhat of a historic route here as another historical marker illustrates. This is a few miles south of Carnegie Lake as we continued hiking south.
Wesley by the "Washington Monument"
This historic home dates from 1761,it is accessed from the canal towpath via a short side trail.
Reflections in the Raritan Canal
Stockton bridge in morning fog
On Jan 13,13,Wesley and I hiked the Delaware Canal towpath starting on the PA side then crossing the bridge to continue the hike in NJ. Dense fog and mist persisted all day. In this photo we are about to cross the bridge over the Delaware River to Stockton,NJ.
Items on the menu
Upon arriving in Stockton,NJ we were walking over to the canal towpath when this menu by a restaraunt caught my eye. Octopus???
Hiking north along the NJ canal towpath away from Stockton.
Wescott wildlife preserve
Wes and I detoured off of the towpath to explore nearby Wescott preserve. Old stone fences from a bygone farm line the area. We hunted down 3 geocaches while here.
We followed the hiking trail as far as this field but dense fog obscured the trail markers after that. Must return on a clear day.
Wescott hiking trail
We had our lunch by one of the stone walls then returned descending the trail to Lockatong creek. There was another geocache on the far side but deep water precluded wading across on a winter day,so we took the longer way around by road.
Hay bales in foggy field
After a bit of a road walk,we accessed the final geocache,crossing this field.
After our hiking in Wescott preserve,we returned to the canal towpath and hiked back to Stockton,NJ arriving after dark. The fog diffuses the light somewhat. Here we crossed back over to the PA side.
Foggy night at Centre Bridge
A view of the bridge from the PA side. From here,it was about a mile back to our car. This scene was a bit eerie,one almost expected Jack the Ripper to appear LOL!