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  1. Jersey Jeff

    Hammock the Batona

    I've seen plenty of hammock campers at Batona 12 months of the year. I'm hiking from Batsto to Bass River this weekend. No hammock though.
  2. Jersey Jeff

    Washington Tpke 745 acre thinning bid

    I hiked the old CNJ from Atsion to Carranza and back in January. The ROW is fairly walkable until you approach High Crossing and then the pines really close in and smother the tracks.
  3. Jersey Jeff

    Fox Catcher

    IIRC, the red fox is an invasive species to NJ, no?
  4. Jersey Jeff

    Ticks & Chiggers--a study

    My legs were covered in tick nymph bites 2 weeks ago near Hawkins. No adult ticks, but lots and lots of nymphs. I pulled them off me but they still itch :-(
  5. Jersey Jeff

    Music for the day

    This kid is a fantastic guitarist and a nice guy to boot:
  6. Jersey Jeff

    2017-18 Winter weather

    I found lots of fallen trees blocking the Batona Trail between Apple Pie Hill and Batsto. NJCF crews were clearing the trail through FPP on Saturday afternoon.
  7. Jersey Jeff

    First tick of the year

    I pulled a few ticks off of my arm on the new section of the Batona Trail along an old cranberry bog on Saturday, but I was drenched in permethrin and DEET so none of them hung around long. My dog is also on medication so she emerged tick-free.
  8. Jersey Jeff

    First Snake Of The Season

    Love those snakes!!! My son found a Dekay (Brown) Snake in FPP on Saturday.
  9. Jersey Jeff


    Lots of rusty crayfish in the lakes in North Jersey. They actually leave the lake and walk around on dry land, which freaks people out. I've found them 500 yds from the nearest lake!!!
  10. Jersey Jeff

    A noisey weekend ahead...

    I heard the booms on Saturday hiking the Batona through Brendan Byrne SF. I'm glad my dog has finally gotten used to them. In her younger days she would have been making a beeline for my car!
  11. Jersey Jeff

    Fire department rescues dog from icy Mullica River

    My dog fell through the ice in the Mullica a few years back. Luckily, she was only a few feet from shore. I was too heavy to go out on the ice, so my son used his Boy Scout skills, crawled out there to spread his weight and pulled her to safety. I was impressed :-)
  12. Jersey Jeff

    Planning a Batona Trail Thru Hike

    Resurrecting this old thread... My teenage son and I are scheduled to hike the Batona trail in mid-April. We've done the trail in segments over the years as day hikes and car camp about twice a year. We are thinking of hiking Batona over 4 days, from Bass River to Ong's Hat. What direction is...
  13. Jersey Jeff

    Glen Campbell passes

    I've been listening to his music all night. This one is appropriate for this forum.
  14. Jersey Jeff

    Fire in Wharton?

    Here is a slide show from the Star-Ledger of the burned are.
  15. Jersey Jeff

    I hate mylar balloons

    Every time I hike or paddle in any park, I inevitably find at least one mylar balloon and discarded plastic bottle :mad::mad::mad:
  16. Jersey Jeff

    Fire in Wharton?

    We camped @ Goshen Pond Friday night and then paddled/camped from Atsion to Pleasant Mills on the Mullica Saturday & Sunday. We watched the smoke plumes from the beach @ Atsion Lake and from the Hammonton Wal-Mart parking lot on Friday. Due to extremely low water levels on the Mullica, we...
  17. Jersey Jeff

    First time campers?

    Godfrey is great for hot summer days. We spend hours in the river sitting, tubing and jumping off the rope swing. As imkms noted, there is a commercial campground next door with snacks, ice cream and various items. It's one of the few campgrounds with picnic tables, which is a big help.
  18. Jersey Jeff

    Hiking the old CNJ tracks from Atsion to Carranza

    I'm looking at this hike from Atsion to Carranza and there is a report that one of the old trestles over one of the small streams has been washed out, leaving only rails. I haven't hiked those tracks in a few years, but I assume...
  19. Jersey Jeff

    New study on Lyme Disease

    Yep. The little buggers probably attached overnight. I found them yesterday morning, pulled em off w/tweezers and then nuked the area with isopropyl alcohol and then soap and water.
  20. Jersey Jeff

    Wonka Wonka

    Friendship had its fair share of them this weekend. We took some of the kids through the bushes to snap a few photos after sunset then we walked out onto the bog to gaze at the stars and listen to the thousands of Carpenter Frogs call.