Kayaking on the Wading Again

Pan

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Jul 4, 2011
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That was 9/15/2012. Ten years ago next month we met.



Yeah that was really good, the last time I've been back east. I got caught right smack in the middle of Hurricane Sandy!

Are the fire towers still there? If they are they must be all locked down.

Years before I remember climbing up a fire tower in the Catskills mountains (Rip Van Winkle country - I spent a lot of time up there) in NY - they were still manned then - and I spoke to the ranger and I said I'd like that job. I always loved the outdoors. I even briefly considered taking forestry in college. Then, years later, I found out that one of my ancestors had been a forest ranger in Europe. I remember another camping trip in 1982 - we climbed up another unmanned fire tower - I forgot exactly where - not very far from Batsto - camped out a few days then. Camping out in the Barrens was always great, waking up to the sound of the whippoorwills, my friend the Jersey Devil keeping me safe at night.

Guy impressed me with his sand driving skill - best I've ever seen!
 
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Wick

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Mar 6, 2016
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Forked River
Kayaked from Hawkins Bridge to Godfrey. Water levels were only down about 8 inches. I got past the usual low spot after Hawkins bridge and the rest of the trip was great. There was a lot of flow coming from Hospitality Run/Little Hawkin branch when we went past. Just a few people on the river. Even the parking area at Godfrey had plenty of spots. I thought it was posted the state was going to replace/fix the bridge? Still looks the same to me. Found a box turtle swimming and put it on the bank. It was making a sound like when u get to close to a goose. Never heard a box turtle hiss at me before.
 

Pinesbucks

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We did the wading from godfreys to beaver on the 15th. We worried about going in from hawkin given little rain other than the downpour on Friday. It was good paddle not too fast but also not dead slow either. Good amount of people in that section.
 
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Wick

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Launched the kayaks into Bamber lake to explore the Chamberlin Branch. I thought Bob had posted a long time ago some pictures of old structures along the river. (I may be wrong about this). The water was so clear and I was surprised at how deep the water was. It was only sandy or rocky like the Wading in a few spots. There were lots of old logs in the water and a lot of vegetation. We did not find any structures but did find this quite impressive ZIP Line someone created.
 

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