January 11th 2008 7:52 pm
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Hi everybody! Dad took me and brother Smiley for a long day hike yesterday in central New Jersey. We drove to the tiny town of Griggsville along the Raritan canal. Griggsville is in the general vicinity of Princeton,NJ. Dad parked the car here and put on my dogpack. This was my first experience carrying a dogpack and Dad wanted to get me used to the feel of it. Carrying a dogpack will be an integral part of future camping trips. The pack felt a little strange at first,but I soon got used to it and I carried it 3 miles up the canal towpath to the 6 Mile Run recreation area. It was a partly sunny day and the temp was near 60 degrees----excellent January hiking weather!!
We spent several hours hiking the trails in 6 Mile Run. This is a neat area of open fields and secluded stands of forest. There are numerous streams in the area, 2 of which we had to ford. I was hesitant to enter the chilly water,but once Dad "encouraged" me to do so, I quickly crossed and shook out on the opposite shore. We hiked thru a large forested area and all was silent. Patches of sunlight created warm pools of light on the forest floor. We stopped for lunch in one such spot. It was totally silent and the warm sun felt so relaxing.
Dad has placed 2 geocaches in this area (hidden tupperware containers whose coordinates are posted on geocaching.com) and he used his GPS to locate the first one. All was well with it and he left a tennis ball in the container as the cache has a dog theme----it`s called 6 Mile Run Dogpound! Next he keyed in the coordinates to the 2nd cache he had placed in this area and proceeded to hike as directly as possible towards it rather than use the established trails. This proved quite an adventure. We wound up bushwacking thru thickets of thorns,hiking across trackless fields,and crossing a stream in a hidden meadow. We then climbed a steep bank,more thorns, but the GPS led us unerringly to the correct spot and we soon located and checked up on the 2nd geocache. Dad left a dogster sticker in it!
Late in the afternoon,we hiked back along the canal towpath to our car. I passed my dogpack test with flying colors as I successfuly carried it for nearly 15 miles!
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