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A day hiking in the snow and sun!

January 11th 2010 1:42 pm
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Jan 10,2010

Today was cold but sunny and there was little wind as Dad and I set out on another hike along the Delaware Canal towpath in NJ. The temp on Dad`s car thermometer read 12 degrees as we arrived at the parking area at Bulls Island in NJ. This is where we begin our summer rafting trips but with the temperature being some 50-60 degrees colder,there was certainly no thought of any rafting today! We had the towpath all to ourselves for the first few hours of our hike. There were fresh bike tracks in the light snow which dusted the ground and wearing my sledding harness,I pulled Dad along the towpath which made the hiking easier for him! We hiked about 10.5 miles towards Milford,NJ where we stopped in a secluded forested area for lunch. The trees blocked what little wind there was and the sun was warm as we relaxed beside the Delaware river. Surprisingly a group of kayakers went by on the river as we were sitting here. Kayakers in January is not a common sight,we presume they were wearing wet suits! As we hiked back towards Bulls Island,we observed an ice shelf extending out into the river right at the spot where we usually shove off in our raft in the summer. Passing numerous islands as we hiked,we would reminisce on warm summer days rafting past those same islands! Can`t wait to launch that raft in only 5 more months! A few pix from our hike are here: Tracks in the snow

 

Winter Canal hike

January 7th 2010 1:36 pm
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Dad and I undertook another hike along the Delaware canal in NJ and Pa yesterday. The day started cloudy with snow flurries,but the sun came out finally at mid day and although it was a bit windy,we had a comfortable hike. Due to recent cold temps,the canal ice was frozen and ice rimmed the Delaware river as well. We hiked 9 miles up the towpath in PA and then back along the NJ side. Dad and I finished the hike by headlamp in the evening. Some photos are here canal hike Jan 6 2010

 

Ice and Hiking

January 1st 2010 7:42 am
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Happy New Year to all!
Dad and I took another day hike along the Delaware Canal a few days ago and we came upon some interesting ice formations on a rock cliff and also near the Delaware river. Ice Photos Click to see the pix! We hiked 20 miles round trip for the day and I was a tad tired at the end of the hike!

 

Delaware Canal hiking

December 28th 2009 1:20 pm
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Dad took me for an all day hike along the Delaware Canal yesterday. The weather was mild---50 degrees in the afternoon---and bright sunshine. We hiked 10 miles each way from Bulls Island,NJ to the Frenchtown Milford area and back, exploring a wilderness area by the river north of Frenchtown as well as finding a hidden geocache here. It was a beautiful day for a hike,photos of it can be foundcanal hike 12-27 here

 

SNOW!!!

December 19th 2009 7:26 am
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It is snowing here and is suppossed to do so all day long. Later in the day,we are forecast to have blowing wind and drifting snow. All in all about 12--18 inches is forecast. Dad is going to take me for a walk thru the park soon but hiking anywhere later in the day will certainly be an effort. We like snow but this is a bit too much of a nice thing!
Wesley

 

Winter Backpacking Dec 09

December 13th 2009 2:04 pm
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Dad and I just got back from a 5 day hike in the Pocono Mts of NJ. We hiked the Appalacian Trail as well as various side trails and woods roads to make a multi day hike. We started from the Delaware Water Gap on Mon Dec 7 and hiked to the summit of Mt Tammany. The snow was spotty at first,but as we ascended the mountain trail it deepened to about 2 inches at the summit. The weather was cloudy and cold with just a few sunny breaks. We hiked this trail several miles back and around a mountain lake where we stopped to have lunch. We then linked up with the Appalacian Trail and ascended to a high rocky ridgetop with expansive views of the Delaware River. Dad used his GPS to locate a hidden geocache in this area. We camped for night 1 under the stars in a circular clearing of snow along the Appalacian Trail.
Tues Dec 8 dawned sunny and cold but hiking along the trail in the fresh snow was glorious! We followed the Appalacian Trail to an old woods road which descended into a rocky ravine thru which rushed a swift stream,Vancampens Brook. There were rocky ledges here with sheer drop offs to the stream below! Exiting the ravine,we followed a pleasant woods road in bright sunshine. Here we relaxed a bit and had our lunch. Later in the afternoon the occasional sound of gunshots could be heard as it was deer season. We camped along a lonely woods road near Flatbrook stream as evening was coming on.
Wed Dec 9
We could hear the patter of snowflakes on the tent overnite and by daylight,about 3 fresh inches had fallen. The snow changed to a cold rain as dawn was breaking and dad decided to hole up in the tent for a few extra hours to wait out the chilly rain. As a result,we got a late start to day 3 of our hike. Mid afternoon,we came upon an interesting waterfall flowing down a rocky slope. This was an awesome sight as the woods were shrouded in fog. Later in the day we came upon bear tracks in the snow! A picture is posted on my page contrasting my small paw print with the huge print of the bear!
Thurs Dec 1o
Morning dawned sunny and clear and we resumed our hike passing thru an old 1800`s village known as Millbrook Village. There was an old general store here as well as a wooden hotel and blacksmith shop. The hiking was pleasant today,cold but sunny.
Fri Dec 11
Temp dropped to 9 degrees overnite but dad`s stove heated up the tent nicely! We finished our hike today under sunny skies. photos from our trip are here http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=13446&id=1793873206&sa ved#/album.php?aid=13446&id=1793873206

 

Hiking the Rim Trail

November 18th 2009 3:19 pm
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On our recently completed Grand Canyon trip,Dad and I hiked the Rim Trail for 12 miles out to Hermit`s Rest and back. Dad got lots of nice shots of me on the rim of Grand Canyon and will rotate them on my page under the title Rim Trail photo on the right center of my page. This pix will change as dad works on the photos.
Wes

 

November Rafting!

November 18th 2009 6:46 am
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Dad and I actually did a bit of rafting yesterday! It was just a very short trip but this is the latest time of year that we have ever used our raft! It was a trip born out of necessity as a bridge over the canal at Bulls Island in NJ is undergoing repairs. We were out for a day hike and hiked the canal towpath up to Frenchtown,crossed the bridge to the PA side of the Delaware River and hiked back to Point Pleasant. Here we crossed the pedestrian bridge back to NJ and our start at Bulls Island. We would have had to raft across the Delaware river itself here as the pedestrian bridge was also gated off,but the gate had been partially cut away and we could squeeze through. Rafting across the chilly Delaware on a cold November evening would have been a bit scary! Once at Bulls Island,we came to the canal which is a lot narrower than the Delaware river itself. Dad inflated the raft by headlamp in the gathering darkness and we rafted across to the towpath and back to our car. This little adventure has gotten Dad to consider maybe a few short raft trips out to islands on the Delaware if the day is mild and sunny enough. How nice it would be to have an island all to ourselves as we enjoyed our lunch on a sunny late fall or winter day!
Wes

 

Pocono Hiking

November 4th 2009 1:48 pm
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Woofs to all!
Dad took me hiking for the day yesterday in Big Pocono State Park near Tannersville,PA. Although the peak fall foliage season is past,there were still lots of colorful leaves to see and for me lots of rich fall smells along the trails. The day was sunny and cool for the most part although some cloudiness at mid day did produce a very small amount of wet snow. It was just a few flakes,nothing to really bark about. Dad had his GPS along and used it to locate a hidden geocache. It was a brisk fall hike and we both had a fun day!

 

Trip`s end Grand Canyon 2009

October 17th 2009 8:00 am
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Thurs Oct 15

Dad and I travelled thru Missouri today stopping to hike at Katy Trail State Park which was near Booneville. This is an old abandoned stretch of railroad that has been converted into a hiking trail and it parallels the Missouri River. Dad and I hiked 4 miles of the trail and enjoyed views of high rocky cliffs close to 100 ft high on one side and the Missouri River on the other. In one spot,there was a cabin or more correctly cliff dwelling carved into the cliff wall. It was only 1 room in all but it was neat to see! In another place,there was a small spring gushing directly out of a rock. That reminded Dad of a Bible story! We travelled as far as mid-Ohio tonight. The weather had turned rather cloudy and cool. We slept in our car at a rest area so as to get an early start for the final day of the trip.

Fri Oct 16

We arrived home today. The weather in Pennsylvania was cold and rainy. The temp was in the upper 30`s and there was a touch of snow in spots as we traveled the PA Turnpike. What a change after all that glorious sunshine out West! The trip was 8641 miles in all. We had lots of fun. Dad will work on his pictures and post them as he runs them thru his photo program.

 
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