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  1. MikeBickerson

    The Batona Trail Diary, the First Thirty Miles

    @Teegate - Thank you for posting all the copies, these are fascinating!
  2. MikeBickerson

    Rechnitz Pine Barrens Preserve - Browns Mills, NJ

    On a beautiful Black Friday, we avoided the insanity of mobs of people at the retail stores to embrace the insanity of herding five small children down trails in the woods. After a visit to Batsto, the little ones and I explored the Rechnitz Pine Barrens Preserve in Browns Mills, established in...
  3. MikeBickerson

    Atsion Mansion Photos

    Nice, glad you're still enjoying it! We had our first two recordings done professionally (second one we spent a ton of money with one of "the" studios in South Jersey) and we hated how they came out. Flat, compressed to oblivion... felt like they had no personality and that they didn't...
  4. MikeBickerson

    Atsion Mansion Photos

    Finally got my files resorted (stupid 10 year old computer broke in July), I have photographs from August 2, 2009, then my next ones aren't until October 1 labeled "Return of the camera", so I'm wondering if my camera or memory card or something broke. I remember them asking us not to take...
  5. MikeBickerson

    Atsion Mansion Photos

    I'm in the Phillies hat and that's my now wife with me. I see @Pine Baron in there too. I'll have to dig and find my photos from that day and see if they add to the proceedings at all, it was a great outing.
  6. MikeBickerson

    Sand & Water Trail/1808 Trail/Batona Loop

    Late to the party, but finally made it out to explore this one. A friend of mine gave me a push by telling me it's his favorite trail right now, but I still managed to underestimate how nice that it was. I mean, cedars and a 200 year old road, how could it not be nice? Trail write up...
  7. MikeBickerson

    New Arney's Mount Trails - Columbus, NJ

    Went with the two oldest kids on Saturday. Nice 2 1/2 mile loop with the Yellow and Red Trails. I usually hate paved trails, but this one has some pretty views across the fields. The Red Trail goes up Arney's Mount itself (highest point in Burlington County). Sadly, the summit is private...
  8. MikeBickerson

    Marilyn Schmidt

    There was a moment of silence at Lines on the Pines during the dinner.
  9. MikeBickerson

    Marilyn Schmidt

    Can't count the number of times I stopped in to "look around", aka, just stand around and talk with Marilyn awhile. She was always in the middle of some big project, but never too busy to share her love of the pine barrens with anyone who walked in. She'll be missed.
  10. MikeBickerson

    14th Annual Lines on the Pines

    Anybody that goes, stop by and say "hi", I have a table for South Jersey Trails there again this year, so I'll be hanging around running my mouth most of the day. :) I'll be back next to the big fireplace.
  11. MikeBickerson

    Maps of Harleigh Cemetery in Camden

    Yep, stopped to pay my respects to the good, grey poet. Walt Whitman, General Sewell (his grave is seriously impressive), and Ella Reeve Boor (I can't believe a grave in the early 1950s could mention Socialism so many times), were my list of targeted grave to visit. Wandered around a bit to...
  12. MikeBickerson

    Maps of Harleigh Cemetery in Camden

    13 years after I post on on a thread here about going to visit, I finally made it Wednesday. Of course, I totally forgot the Arthur Pierce was buried there, so I'll have to go back. Found the grave of historian Charles Boyer through... Boyer isn't far from General Sewell.
  13. MikeBickerson

    Webbs Mill Bog Trail - Lacey Township, NJ

    Good to know! Where's the dam in relation to the boardwalk? I didn't do too much poking around away from the trail because the minivan (ugh... stupid having three kids and needing a minivan) offroads about as well as a... well, a minivan and it was during gun week in the woods.
  14. MikeBickerson

    Webbs Mill Bog Trail - Lacey Township, NJ

    Figured that one out the hard way! At least Google Maps gave me a pretty good idea where the trail was, which helped. :) For those who haven't been, I'm taking this picture from the sign. My kids are standing on the trailhead.
  15. MikeBickerson

    Thick Hole

    Fellow at Lines in the Pines who was involved had a book about it this year that he was selling. He made it sound fascinating. I haven't gotten to it yet, but we'll see if the book is as interesting as him talking was.
  16. MikeBickerson

    Webbs Mill Bog Trail - Lacey Township, NJ

    Few weeks back in the rain and cold, took the family exploring. I finally managed to make it to Webbs Mill Bog to see the pitcher plants. The boardwalk is short and sweet, but finding the trail was a bit of pain (drove past the trailhead twice). Rain suit kind of day... Boardwalk is...
  17. MikeBickerson

    Dr. James Still Nature Trail - Medford, NJ

    A week ago, we attended the grand opening of the Dr. James Still Nature Trail, located at the Dr. James Still Historic Office Site & Education Center! The trail, kiosk, and herb gardens were created as part of a pair of Eagle Projects from two Boy Scouts in Medford and Medford Lakes (article on...
  18. MikeBickerson

    Ghost Tracks

    I was thinking about heading down to see this last weekend. The pictures of folks who went kind of make me glad I didn't, it was a madhouse down there. Someone got clever and took some shots at night, with some helpers pointing a flashlight to stand in for the train light. It was a really...
  19. MikeBickerson

    The last male Northern White Rhino

    This is so sad. :( Apparently they saved some of his little swimmers so that they can attempt to bring them back, but how do you manage that when there are two of something left on Earth?
  20. MikeBickerson

    Thousands of Native American artifacts unearthed in Camden archaeological dig

    Little outside the pines, but fascinating finds in Camden. "Thousands of Native American artifacts unearthed in Camden archaeological dig" By Kevin Riordan Full article...