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  1. Piney Boy

    1st Annual Norman W. Mackey Clamshell Pitching Tournament

    Thought some on this board may have an interest. The Avalon History Center is reviving a piece of Jersyana in the form of a clamshell pitching tournament. Basically, its an event that started in the Cape May area some time after the end of WW II. Similar to horseshoes but with a Jersey beach...
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    Bending or Breaking the rules

    Seems like this theme has been coming up in a variety of fashions lately. I guess my years as a park ranger often peg me as a stickler for the rules mandated in state parks and forest; if a no-burn is in effect I obey, if a no trespassing or closed trail is in effect I listen, and if a trail is...
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    The bee's are coming, the bee's are coming

    Recently the wife and I decided to give backyard bee keeping another go-round. While not an easy naturist hobby it is highly rewarding in many ways. First time around the bees, unfortunately, didnt get passed the winter. Since then though I've learned some new tricks that I think will make...
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    Still smoldering campfire leads to arson charge

    By Darran Simon INQUIRER STAFF WRITER A Pemberton Township man was charged with arson this week after failing to put out a campfire that reignited and burned some 500 acres of Pinelands in Burlington County over the weekend, police said. Andrew Frake, 32 of the Browns Mills section, was...
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    Jack of All Trades Roundtable

    Folks, For a museum we have some interesting little quirks here in Avalon, most notably is the library room. Currently we have a few hundred books dealing with regional and American history in general. We also have online computer access and the ability to access geneology.com. While this is...
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    Cedar Bark Canoe---Construction

    Tulip Bark Canoe---Construction A little off topic, but not by to much I guess. Avalon, Cape May Co's., first vistors were the Lenape. They came to this barrier island for the summer months and fished, hunted, crabbed, etc. When summer ended they returned to their mainland...
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    Hiking/Kayaking trip on Mullica&Batona-weekend sept. 19

    Folks, I'm involved in a joint hiking/kayaking trip on the Batsto and Batona, respectively. Thought it might be nice to open this to some here if there's an interest. The group thus far includes my hiking pals, and numbers about 5 currently with some more sign ons as the date gets closer...
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    My return to the forums...........

    Honestly, I really miss spending the amount of time on forums here that I did in the past. Reading the trip reports, scheduling outings, and just general Pines talks always made for time well spent. I always looked at responses as excellent little writing exercises. About a year and a half...
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    Ownership and blockage of Andrews Road

    Folks, Some of my bping friends and I have been planning a trip starting at Bodine Field, following Martha and old Martha Rd up through Andrews Rd. to Allen Rd, crossing a swamp off of Lake Oswego and into Penn State Forest. Problem is Andrews rd. is gated at a certain point. Anybody...
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    A week with Zane Grey...And then some

    Not Quite The Pines But.... Two weeks ago while finishing up a slow moving afternoon I got a phone call from my regional service center asking if I’d be interested in some collections care work at the Zane Grey Museum in the Upper Delaware Scenic Area. Not being one to turn down a change of...
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    Hessian Burials

    All, I am lucky enough to have been awarded a grant to write a book on The Battle of Red Bank (Revolutionary war) in National Park. It was my graduate school thesis, and a topic I have accumulated primary documents on for years now. With the renewed interest in NJ and the Revolutionary...
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    Ancora Bogs

    Looking for some information on the above mentioned area. Access, plantlife, wildlife, parking, etc. Anybody familiar with these bogs?
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    The Tracker from Tom Brown Jr.

    Recently found the above titled book at Barnes and Noble and haven't been able to put it down. It has a litany of interesting outdoor experiences in the Pines as well some informative pieces on animal tracking. Anybody familiar with this or Mr. Brown's school?
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    Piney Boy takes a holiday

    I know, I know its not the Pines, but it is what I have been up to so..... We are all creatures of habit and I am no exception. August comes and I fine myself yearning for a vacation of some kind, daydreaming away vacations from the past and plans of the future. By the time the car was packed...
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    Summer Daze in the Pines

    Hope all is well with everyone here, its been a while since I've posted. Reason mainly is I haven't been out and about in NJ much this summer. I've kayaked the Wading and Mullica on several trips, but the summer usually pushes me into hiking the upper elevation in PA. I love the swamps in...
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    Back to the Pines

    Hope all has been right with in the world for all of you over the last month or so. Most of my time has been spent in PA; Thunderswamp Trail, Black Forest, and the Billy Goat in MD. Highlight of recent outings for me was Trail Days in Damascus VA amid some rain and crazy hikers. Returned to...
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    Small town Piney makes good

    Worked an overtime last night at the Liberty Bell Pavillion that got me some press coverage, anybody see me on channel 6 news using some conservation techniques on the Bell? Also have a piece in Thursdays Inquirer under the South Jersey section. Not a super big thing, but its nice to know when...
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    Anybody got some good outdoor plans this weekend

    I am ready to get out now, I'm like a cat on a leash I want to hit the trail so bad.:cat: My comrades and I are doing the Thunder Swamp Trail on the Pocono Plateau this weekend. Interesting counter to Pines swamps. If I remember correctly similar tree and plant life, but with some climbs...
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    Harrisville Ruins

    Short and sweet, check out the pics of the ruins I posted in the gallery. Hope you all enjoy them as much as i enjoyed taking them...
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    Camp Jam 06

    This is from a hiking friend of mine, her husband is involved and I thought some folks here my be interested. Here it is in their words, I just pasted. May 12 & 13 - Paradise Lake - Route 206 - Hammonton, NJ Start out Camping in the Pine Lands of New Jersey. Then add Dancing All Night...