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Early spring hike in the NJ Pine Barrens

April 9th 2013 2:33 pm
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Finally after a cold March and a cold start to April,warm spring weather finally arrived! Dad and I celebrated by taking an overnite hike in the NJ Pine Barrens. We had done a short day hike along part of an abandoned railroad here the week before and we were curious about using this abandoned railroad---the old CNJ(Central New Jersey)line---as a hiking route to link up 2 other trails in the area. The plan worked! We hiked the Batona trail from Batsto village several miles to the trail xing of the CNJ tracks. We then proceeded to hike about 5 miles along the tracks to the small village of Atsion. The line hasn`t been used in over 40 yrs,thus tall trees have grown up all along it. Most places were too overgrown to hike along but fortunately we always found a dirt road or path paralleling the CNJ tracks.We had to cross 4 wooden RR trestles spanning streams along the way. It was a wonderfully secluded hiking route that took us thru a remote area of the pine barrens.At Atsion,the tracks crossed the Mullica jeep road and we hiked a few miles down it to camp by a nice lake. Nice lakeside views at sunrise next morning! A link to some pix follows.

Early April in the Pine Barrens

P.S. My Dad happened to notice a small growth on my anus during the hike. We had a vet visit scheduled for the following Mon and dad asked the vet about it. The growth is about the size of a marble and is called a perianal adenoma. I have an appt scheduled for May 6 to remove it. In neutered dogs---like me---such growths are often malignant. The biopsy won`t be done until after the growth is removed. My paws are crossed!


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Barked by: ✨ Whitley ✨ (Dogster Member)

April 9th 2013 at 9:52 pm

Glad you are gonna get rid of dat growth - hope it are nothing serious.
Barked by: Pepper - CGC (Dogster Member)

April 10th 2013 at 5:43 am

Once again thanks fur sharin' your adventures!

Hopin' your surgery is the end o' that bump!
Barked by: Flicka ~ CGC (Dogster Member)

April 10th 2013 at 5:36 pm

Loved the photos.

Will be thinking of you sweet Boy too... my thought is if they are waiting that long to do this.. they cant think its a malignant growth.

So.. paws crossed ........


PS. John.. it was 77F yesterday noon.. 21F and freezing rain/hail/light snow/ and T Storms today !! Now sunshine and warming up !
Barked by: DIESEL (Dogster Member)

April 11th 2013 at 9:01 pm

Great pictures Wesley! my paws are crossed for you too Good luck!

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