I tried, tested, and now fell in love with hammocks. Hiking or just hammock camping is now lighter and more comfortable. So happy to be off of the ground.
On my way to see a Penn State game when I look out of the car window and what do I see? The Statue of Liberty! Am I lost? Did I take a wrong turn? No. And I am not seeing things either.
Someone erected a replica of the Statue of Liberty in the lake along the highway going towards State College, Pennsylvania. Surprised I should say, but also kinda funny and pretty cool. Sorry the shots aren’t great. There was no place to pull over to get a better view.
Here are some other photos from my trip including Mount Nittany.
Hiking along, minding my own business. I came across a monster poison ivy vine going up a tree. This reminds me of the Tom Cruise version of the War of the Worlds. The “vines” in the movie were really carrying blood for the aliens…but anyway. Remember, this is not Grand Theft Auto. It’s for real!
Here is a poison ivy vine with leaves at the base. Notice the three leaf pattern to watch out for when in the woods. And of course, look for the weird vines in the trees!
Enjoyed a 12 mile overnight hike last weekend along the Mullica River Trail. The trail runs through the South Jersey pines, following the Mullica River. Temperature was perfect at about 68 degrees F during the day and in the 50’s at night. Good sleeping weather.
The trail is smooth and easy but very sandy in spots. The yellow trail travels east towards Batsto from the Atsion ranger station.
The area is near to the Batona Trail so the sights are very similar. The Lower Forge Camp is a few miles away, but that camp has no water. Mullica River Camp has one pump and two pit privies.
The woods are dense and filled with pitch pines, common to the area, and there is wildlife but they are well hidden during the day. I did hear an owl who woke me up in the middle of the night. I was sure he was just outside the tent!
And some water…