Hammock Hangin!

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.

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Poison Ivy Vine

poison ivy tree

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!

poison ivy leaf

Mullica River Trail Hike

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.

campsite

The trail is smooth and easy but very sandy in spots.  The yellow trail travels east towards Batsto from the Atsion ranger station.

hiking yellow trail

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.

Mullica River

Wilderness Camps

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!

Pitch Pines

And some water…

Batona

Black Run Summer Hike

I previously posted about the Black Run Preserve (click to read post)  and posted photos from a Black Run hike (click to see photos).  I recently went for a visit and saw some excellent improvements to the entrance and new markings of various trails.  Black Run Preserve will be developed as a multi-use space for non-motorized biking, hiking, nature and bird watching.  There will be no camping or fires permitted.

Trail Head

Although the entrance is now gravel and includes a fence line to welcome you, the rest is presently left natural.  There are talks of a parking lot and restrooms, but that is far off.  For now, we get to enjoy it as a natural and pristine environment.

Bog

This land was, at one time, a cranberry bog.  There is little that remains but what remains has created a very rich environment.

Cranberry Bog Bogs

The trails are marked clearly and it is an easy walk through the South Jersey sandy soil.

Red Trail Black Run Hike

Nature’s abound including wild berries such as blueberries, huckleberries and maybe even some cranberries.

Wild Blueberries

This was interesting.  Does anyone know why butterflies would huddle in one place on the trail?

Group Butterflies Butterfly

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