PBX Hikes #15 To #82

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In order to preserve the photos and reports of our PBX trips, I am going to try and display them by date from the day I first joined the group. A few of them are not on the site anymore and many of the photos no longer even display. I will try and fix the links on those that I have the photos for.



2/21/2004 Trip # 15

High Plains Drifting .... Guy's first PBX hike as well as Steve Behren's.




Trip Report for “High Plains Drifting”, 2/21/04 (Bob)

This was, first of all, a reunion for those of us who have not seen each other in awhile, and a welcome to 3 new members; Mickey, Guy, and Steve. All great guys who fit in really well. On this trip: Bob Bruneau Paul Follman Bob Moyer Joe Wszolek Mickey Coen Guy Thompson Steve Behrens

We started out over a cup of coffee at Lucille’s on a gray Saturday morning. Lucille herself (larger than life) had us roaring with laughter over her opinions on men. She said; “today’s a great day to curl up and read a book on how to handle men, and to then go get a man and do what the book says to do”. She also took it upon herself to try guessing all the men’s ages in the restaurant that morning. She must have been a real wild one in her day.

We dropped one vehicle off at the FAA tower and then drove down to the starting point, that gravel pit at the high spot on the Bombing Range road. Surprise, surprise, A-12 Warthogs were flying overhead, practice bombing. We shrugged our shoulders, consulted the GPS, and headed West by Northwest straight through the pygmy pines on a track for a 150 foot high spot. For those of us excited by this sort of thing, walking through this area of burned out Pygmy Pines was pretty neat.

At one point we were in an area of pines only waist high. We got to the top of that hill, and the view back towards 539 was pretty impressive for the pines. It seems at one point we could see for about 5 miles to a hill in the distance towards route 72. It was interesting to note some artifacts in this area from the 50’s (?). There was a rusted tricycle way the hell out in the middle of nowhere as if it fell from an airliner. Guy and Steve then set their GPS’s to a distant crossroad and we popped out there about a half hour later. We were surprised to find a barrier meant to keep vehicles from entering the bombing range. We continued on East and then ducked into the woods and followed a stream down to the next road. The trees became larger, more like normal pitch pines. At one point we reached a small savannah of grass that was really nice, and probably not seen by many people.

We then headed to that pond very close to Sim Place. It was quite beautiful, fairly large with Cedar trees running along the far edge. We followed a canal dug to water the bogs, then bushwhacked to a cleared area for lunch. During the bushwhack we came upon an outrageously large deer baiting area. There was easily a thousand ears of corn husks used for bait. Some hunting, huh? Paul found an old bottle that was intriguing. Hope to hear if he found out what it was.

When we stood up for lunch 4 or 5 Warthogs screamed overhead, giving us a thrill show. They were back from lunch. We walked Northeast till we popped out on an old trail right next to another vehicle barrier. Thinking it was getting too late to risk getting behind, we followed the trail to Sim Place Road, where Guy and Steve struck a course slated to bring us over the Oswego River and on to the FAA tower. Wow, what a tough slog that was. Poor Bob lost his GPS in about 3 feet of freezing water.

Due to the rains, we could not make it to the river, it was just too deep to try traveling in the cold water. We followed the river back upstream to a spot where we could see the road again. We walked out to Lucille’s where Guys car was stashed for just such an emergency. Guy picked it up and we drove back to pick up the other vehicle at the tower. We gave this trip a 7.5. We were obviously bummed we did not cross the river, and we promised to do the river again some time. I already have a plan in my head for doing just that. It was great to see you all, we always have a good time chewing the fat while we hike. Hope to see a lot of you soon……don't forget Bob is leading a hike to the swamp monster next weekend.………….bob PS: thank you Steve and Guy for the GPS guidance.




This shows our route from downtown Warren Grove and across the plains to 539.





Bob tempting fate.




Steve




Various













This fascinated me. In the middle of a cedar swamp we found this. I made it a point to search for answers.





 
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4/3/2004 Trip #16

Tip Toe Through the Tulpehocken




Fellow Explorers, our next trip has been designed by, and is being led by, the big man himself; the first relocated bear to the piney woods; Mr Steve Behrens! The title of the trip is:

"Tip Toe Through the Tulpehocken"
On Saturday April 3rd 2004 at 9:00am we'll meet at Friendship Bogs. To get there turn go down (or up if coming from the south) route 563 to the Speedwell intersection and turn in, go to Friendship and look for us gathered around the bridge on the right.
From there we'll stash a couple of cars at Sandy Ridge then head down Sandy Ridge Rd to just above Hawkins Bridge where we'll start our trek along the Tulpehocken Creek. About 1/2 mile into the hike we'll come to an old lean-to of interesting design. After that it is into the unknown. We will follow the creek in a northwest direction. Along the way we should see some areas that look very interesting on aerial photos. The hike will be approximately 6 miles long and will be very wet. We will end the hike on Carranza Rd at Sandy Ridge.
Email both me and Steve if you are coming so we know to look for you..............bob












































I took this photo and Bob added Steve into it in the photo below it.






Ants

 
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6/12/2004 Trip #17

“Oswego River, Sim Place, & Breakfast Point" (special limited exploration)




















Allen Road





Allen Road at the Oswego.




Nature Conservancy House







Sim Place

 
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10/23/2004 Trip #18

Rockwood Rocks


(Fixed the links that I could fix)

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/rockwood-rocks.1282/


11/6/2004 Trip #19

Exploring the Parker Preserve

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/the-pbx-parker-preserve-hike.1302/


12/19/2004 Trip #20

4 Watersheds in a Day


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/4-watersheds-in-a-day-a-pbx-hike.1365/


1/2/2005 Trip #21 (Special limited exploration)

Never posted for safety reasons



5/14/2005 Trip #22

Three River Crossing

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/three-river-crossing-a-pbx-hike.1601/


10/29/2005 Trip #23

Half Wet, Half Dry, All Wild


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/half-wet-half-dry-all-wild-a-pbx-hike.1879/


11/5/2005 Trip #24

Exploring the Desert, The Mullica, and Wescoat Bogs (Special limited exploration)

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/exploring-the-desert-the-mullica-and-wescoat-bogs.1890/


1/29/2006 Trip #25

Up the Middle, Down the South


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/up-the-middle-down-the-south-a-pbx-hike.2097/


4/11/2006 Trip #26

Oswego Back 40


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/trip-report-oswego-back-40.2301/


5/6/2006 Trip #27

Seven Scenic Savannahs


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/seven-scenic-savannahs-a-pbx-hike.2378/


10/29/2006 Trip #28

Shiver Me Timbers and Blow Me Down (Scott's first hike)


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/trip-report-shiver-me-timbers-and-blow-me-down.2850/


12/16/2006 Trip # 29

Here's Howardsville

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/pbx-trip-to-howardsville.2972/


2/10/2007 Trip #30 (Special limited exploration)

Return To Wescoat Bogs

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/returning-to-the-wescoat-bog-area-a-pbx-hike.3099/


3/24/2007 Trip # 31

Low Down on Lower Mill


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/revisit-to-lower-mill.3213/


5/5/2007 Trip # 32

Wading River To Wading Pines


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/wading-river-to-wading-pines-a-pbx-hike.3331/


7/14/2007 Trip # 33 (Special limited exploration)

Canoe & Kayak The Mullica

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/adventure-on-the-mullica.3744/


9/29/2007 Trip # 34 (Jessica's first hike)

Warren Grove Wildfire


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/a-pbx-hike-the-warren-grove-wildfire-6-months-later.3959/


11/24/2007 Trip # 35

Dutchtown Freestyle


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/dutchtown-freestyle-a-pbx-hike.4095/


12/22/2007 Trip # 36

Let's Find a Waterwheel


Never Posted


2/2/2008 Trip # 37

March Of Ives


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/the-march-of-ives-a-pbx-hike.4277/


3/29/2008 Trip # 38

Alquatka Branch

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/alquatka-branch-a-pbx-hike.4453/


6/1/2008 Trip # 39

Batsto Africa


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/batsto-africa-a-pbx-hike.4635/



11/8/2008 Trip # 40

Chatsworth North


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/chatsworth-north-a-pbx-hike.4996/


11/22/2008 Trip # 41

Bog Slog 2008

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/the-bog-slog-a-pbx-hike.5029/


1/3/2009 Trip # 42

Scouting the Skit


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/scouting-the-skit-a-pbx-hike.5138/


3/14/2009 Trip # 43 (First Trip For Chris)

West Plains Oswego


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/west-plains-oswego-a-pbx-hike.5358/

5/9/2009 Trip # 44

Great Swamp Branch & Nescochague Creek

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/great-swamp-branch-nescohague-creek-a-pbx-hike.5539/


10/31/2009 Trip # 45

The Great Swamp Branch


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/the-great-swamp-branch-a-pbx-hike.5984/


11/29/2009 Trip # 46

Wild West Wading


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/wild-west-wading-a-pbx-hike.6036/


1/16/2010 Trip # 47

Risley Branch


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/the-risley-branch-a-pbx-hike.6182/


4/3/2010 Trip # 48

Mountain West


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/mountain-west-a-pbx-hike.6338/


5/1/2010 Trip # 49

West Bank Oswego


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/west-bank-oswego-a-pbx-hike.6385/


10/23/2010 Trip # 50

A Creek and Three Branches


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/a-creek-and-three-branches-a-pbx-hike.6772/


1/13/2010 Trip # 51

Ore Pond

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/the-ore-pond-a-pbx-exploration.6833/


11/2010. Trip # 52

Springers, Savannas, and Spungs of Shamong


Not posted


3/26/2011 Trip # 53

Brookville's Oyster

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/brookvilles-oyster-a-pbx-trip.7077/


4/30/2011 Trip # 54

The Bloody Shane

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/the-bloody-shane-a-pbx-hike.7182/


6/4/2011 Trip # 55

Springtime on the Tulpehocken

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/springtime-on-the-tulpehocken-a-pbx-hike.7298/


10/22/2011 Trip # 56

Menantico Creek and WMA

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/mentantico-a-pbx-hike.7662/


11/13/2011 Trip # 57

High Oak View

Not Posted


11/26/2011 Trip # 58

Sim Place North

Not posted


3/17/2012 Trp # 59

Makepeace WMA


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/makepeace-a-pbx-hike.8117/


6/9/2012 Trip # 60

Bodine Field To Wading Pines

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/bodine-field-to-wading-pines-a-pbx-hike.8367/


8/17/2012 Trip # 61

Mullica Summer Paddle

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/the-mullica-atsion-to-pleasant-mills-a-pbx-paddle.8553/


10/27/2012 Trip # 62

Five Mile at Four Mile

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/5-mile-at-four-mile-a-pbx-hike.8761/



12/15/2012 Trip # 63

Burden Hill Preserve

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/burden-hill-preserve-a-pbx-hike.8878/


12/23/2012 Trip # 64

Retreat Preserve


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/retreat-preserve-a-pbx-special-hike.8899/


2/16/2013 Trip # 65

Bass River Headwater Area


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/bass-river-headwaters-area-a-pbx-hike.9036/



3/31/2013 Trip # 66

Hawkin Swamp


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/hawkin-swamp-a-pbx-hike.9136/


4/20/2013 Trip # 67

Hawkin Swamp 2


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/hawkin-swamp-part-2-a-pbx-hike.9196/


10/26/2013 Trip # 68

The Woods of Cave Cabin and Long Branch


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/the-woods-of-cave-cabin-and-long-branch.9617/


1/18/2014 Trip # 69

Bull Run Creek Wilds

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/bull-creek-wilds-a-pbx-hike.9773/


5/17/2014 Trip # 70

Oak Island 2

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/oak-island-a-pbx-visit.9968/


5/31/2014 Trip # 71

Lure of the Tulpehocken

Not posted


11/8/2014 Trip # 72

Big Spung


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/big-spung-pine-barren-exploring.10251/


4/12/2015 Trip # 73

Jobs Old Swamp

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/jobs-old-swamp-a-pbx-hike.10480/


6/6/2015 Trip # 74

Penn Swamp Branch

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/penn-swamp-branch-a-pbx-explore.10584/


11/7/2015 Trip # 75

The Woods of Mine Spung

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/the-woods-of-minespung-a-pbx-hike.10861/


2/6/2016 Trip # 76

The Woods Of Atsion Meadow


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/the-woods-of-atsion-meadow-a-pbx-hike.11017/


3/26/2016 Trip # 77

Rough and Tumble Pine Plains

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/rough-and-tumble-pine-plains-a-pbx-hike.11117/


6/11/2016 Trip # 78

Batsto River East


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/batsto-river-east-a-pbx-hike.11300/


1/29/2017 Trip # 79

Valued Friendship

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/valued-friendship-a-pbx-winter-hike.11723/


3/25/2017 Trip # 80

Little Hawkin Run

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/little-hawkin-run-a-pbx-hike.11823/


10/28/2017 Trip # 81

Primitive Penn State Forest

https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/primitive-penn-state-forest-a-pbx-hike.12315/


3/17/2018 Trip # 82

East Plains Wilderness


https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/threads/east-plains-wilderness-a-pbx-hike.12522/
 
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I fixed it.

There is plenty of time to do things such as this when you are sick.
 

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I edited the list to add in Jessica's first hike. Trip # 34 Warren Grove Wildfire 9/29/2007
 

Nomad

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Hey:
I'm new to njpinebarrens.com, but I have a fair amount of outdoor experience and knowledge (military, SAR, landscape design). How do I get involved in an exploration like this? Thanks.

"Nomad"
 

bobpbx

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Hey: I'm new to njpinebarrens.com, but I have a fair amount of outdoor experience and knowledge (military, SAR, landscape design). How do I get involved in an exploration like this? Thanks. "Nomad"
Nomad, it sounds as if you are looking for a more technical exploration experience. We usually don't search for lost towns, graveyards, or historical areas in general. Most of these guys are hunters, fishermen, and/or botanists who just enjoy nature and the varied terrain. We don't use sophisticated equipment or get involved in pseudo-military operations or search and rescue.
 

Nomad

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Thanks for the reply. I belong to two SAR teams, so I'm not looking for anymore of that. As for the military, it's been literally decades since I was in the service. (The food was just awful and people are always yelling at you, Had enough of that ) I am interested in historical areas like lost towns and such, so I guess I can look for a group doing that. But as an amateur naturalist - I have a degree in Landscape Architecture and I do some animal tracking - I do enjoy the outdoors in general.
 

Jon Holcombe

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Thank you for the wealth of hard won information about the pine barrens in this archive Guy. Amazing and informative. Nothing I've ever read comes close to the expertise that you, Bob, Scott, Al and the rest of the PBXer's provide to all of us. And also to Ben for hosting this great website. You are the true conservationists and stewards of the forest.
 

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Very nice, Guy. Hope you are felling better.

I used to love reading the PBX reports before I became a part of PBX. This March has marked nine years since I started hiking with PBX, it feels like yesterday when I met up with Bob, Guy and Paul on the side of 539 for my first adventure with PBX. Where does the time go? I am fortunate to have met the people I have met here.

Chris