Wesley`s wanders

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Summer in April

April 8th 2010 12:17 pm
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Yesterday,April 7 2010, Dad took me for a nice day hike along the Raritan Canal in central NJ. As we hiked in the early morning hours,it grew progressively warmer and as we reached a stone canal spillway about 4 miles into the hike,dad decided that it was warm enough for a swim! He began by gently lowering himself into the chilly canal water after leaving most of his clothes on the bank so that they would stay dry. By stages he acclimated himself to the water and was eventually able to take a short swim and actually enjoy it! Unbeknownst to him as he was doing this,I caught the scent of deer and was off in an instant on a prolonged chase! Upon completion of his swim,Dad discovered that I was nowhere to be found! He walked up the canal towpath for about a mile and a half before doubling back. A few other runners and cyclists reported seeing me in the area which gave him hope to continue searching. He eventually located me after almost 2 hrs of searching and we resumed our hike.

Upon reaching the 6 mile run wilderness area at the 6 mile point ,we left the canal towpath to hike in that area. Dad found a secluded beach along 6 mile run where we stopped to have our lunch beside the stream in warm sunshine! Dad and I had a shorter hike than originally planned in the 6 mile run area due to my deer hunting "expedition" and we returned to the canal towpath to resume our return hike. Dad and I got in a few more short swims here and I disturbed a snapping turtle who was sunning himself alongside the towpath. Got my snoot out of the way just before he snapped at me! It was a relaxing hike on a warm summerlike april day! Some photos from this most enjoyable hike are here!
Warm April Canal hike

 

Wanderlust

March 8th 2010 3:16 pm
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Dad took me for a 21 mile hike along the Delaware canal yesterday. It was warm and sunny,mid 50`s,and we had a nice hike. I have developed a case of wanderlust recently and have been taking my time coming back when off leash. Dad had me tied up to a tree using a steak out line while we had lunch,but the leash frayed and broke. Dad thought I was just sunning myself down by the river (it is a long steak out line) while in reality,I was romping thru the woods! Undoing the line from the tree after lunch,Dad realized that there was no dog attached! He searched for over an hour for me before his cell phone rang and some atv riders said that they had me about a mile away. We were reunited but it was a scary unplanned adventure and the 3rd time I was "lost" in a week! Hiking back in the afternoon,we saw some bamboo trees near Frenchtown,NJ. An unusual spot to see such a sight!

Bamboo forest

 

Iditarod 2010

March 6th 2010 3:47 pm
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Dad and I watched the start of Iditarod 2010 this afternoon. While we would like to see Lance Mackey win and set a record ( 4 straight wins in a row,this has never been done before), the real thrill of the Iditarod for us is just the idea of wildnerness travel with a dog team! This is something that dad and I do to some degree and so it has special meaning for us.
Some other mushers that we are following this year include Zoya Denure who together with her husband John Schandelmeier run a team comprised of shelter dogs and rescued former sled dogs. Also Blake Freking and Karen Ramstead who run teams of purebred siberian huskies! We wish all the mushers and dogs a safe trip to Nome and will be eagerly following the race each day.

 

Late Winter Hiking

February 28th 2010 3:11 pm
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The winter days are growing longer now and spring is just around the corner. The snow covered pathways along the Delaware Canal will soon be replaced by grass and the greenery of trees. Just a week ago,Dad and I enjoyed a beautiful sunset along the canal as we were ending a winter hike. As we took in the setting sun,we could only think that in just 3 months we would be rafting by this very spot!winter sunset

 

Deep snow!

February 15th 2010 2:48 pm
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Sun Feb 14
Well we`ve had 2 HUGE snowfalls recently and needless to say there is a LOT of snow on the ground. Today was sunny and fairly warm---mid 30`s---so Dad and I decided to do another hike along the Delaware canal towpath. We parked at the Bulls Island campground in NJ and proceeded to hike north,our usual direction of travel. No one had put in a trail and we soon found ourselves plodding laboriously thru deep wet snow,NOT MUCH FUN! Facing due south,Dad spotted what looked like ski tracks and sure enough,some cross country skier had put in a trail in that direction. We altered our plans and hiked south from Bulls Island, the ski tracks providing easier hiking in the deep snow. In places further south,numerous skiers,hikers had been through and the trail was packed down even nicer! I was wearing my sledding harness and pulled Dad along behind me. We hiked several miles down to Lambertville,NJ crossing a pristine snow covered field where we stopped for lunch in a copse of trees sheltered from the biting wind. Dad got his backpacking stove lit and this provided us with additional heat as we enjoyed lunch in the sunshine with scenic views of the Delaware river. There was a lone set of ski tracks crossing Lambertville field and I pulled dad along following the ski tracks as we headed back north. We crossed the river to New Hope,PA and continued north to Centreville. In this area,we actually passed 2 cross country skiers,my speed pulling in harness enabling us to overtake them! We crossed the river again at the bridge to Stockton,NJ and hiked the remaining 3 miles back to Bulls Island. Darkness was coming on and Dad put a flashing bike light on my dogpack which was a cheery sight in the darkness as we ended our walk. Dad loves using dogpower when we hike as it makes for easier hiking and is thrilling! A short video clip is here as well as 2 preceeding photos from our hike! dogpower in the snow!

 

February Blizzard

February 11th 2010 2:14 pm
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Woofs to all!!

The second blizzard of the month hit our area here in the Philadelphia region. We recieved about 15 inches of new snow on top of nearly 2 feet that was already there from the last storm! Yesterday was windy and quite snowy,but it would seem that there is a silver lining to everything as today was sunny and the snowy landscape was spectacular! Dad walked me across the deep snow of Lincoln High School`s field (ATV tracks in spots made for easier hiking) and we discovered an igloo that someone had constructed here! Dad and I both went inside the igloo and found it to be quite warm and cozy! We are posting a video of the igloo on my page. Following this,we hiked thru Pennypack Park for a few miles where once again,ATV tracks provided easier hiking thru the deep snow. The trees were frosted and quite pretty and the sun was pleasantly warm. Igloo and snow in Pennypack park

 

Cold hiking and Ice

February 1st 2010 2:07 pm
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Yesterday,Jan 31,Dad and I took another hike along the Delaware Canal in New Jersey. The temperature in the early morning when we arrived was a brisk 12 degrees. There were countless ice floes floating down the Delaware river and all throughout our 21 miles of hiking we could hear them crashing together with a soft clinking sound. Natures music to hike by! By mid-day the temperature had warmed to about 30 degrees and the afternoon was quite comfortable. We had lunch in the warm sunshine with Dad`s small camp stove to heat us up a bit. Nice to enjoy our lunch and watch the ice float down the river! Here`s the link to the first photo followed by another and then a video of the ice floes. In about 4 months,Dad and I should be rafting in this very spot!Ice floes on Delaware river

 

Jan 26 hike

January 27th 2010 2:54 pm
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Woofs to all,
Nothing dramatic to bark about,but Dad and I managed to get in another hike along the delaware canal in NJ. It was a chilly day but not really too cold as temps reached to near 40 degrees. We hiked about 21 miles in all today,exploring a section of trail near Milford,NJ which used to be a railroad line. Just a section of the railroad was left intact here but the trail passed thru a secluded forested area which was rather picturesque! On the way back to our starting point,we enjoyed a sunset over the delaware river which was running high and fast due to recent rains.Jan 26 photos

 

Rainy Day!

January 25th 2010 3:03 pm
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Buckets of rain and wind today! Pennypack creek is almost level with its banks. Dad and I had to wade thru chilly water overflowing the trail on our mid day walk. Thankfully it is a mild day!! Wind gusts almost blew us off the trail at times!

 

Mild winter weather!

January 19th 2010 2:52 pm
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After a few weeks of cold temperatures in the 2o`s and gusty winds and snow,we were finally treated to some milder weather lately! On Sat and again yesterday,the temp soared into the low 50`s and Dad and I enjoyed some long day hikes along the Delaware canal. We hiked from Washington Crossing in PA up to Stockton,NJ a distance of about 9 miles and then back again on the NJ side of the river for a long loop hike! Dad found a geocache in NJ on the hike back using his GPS. We enjoyed the warm sun and sights along the way! Jan 18 hike

 
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