Trip to the NJ Pine Barrens; They're Well Named!

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    That sounds challenging but miserable.
     
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    Cool trip, I did basic training and AIT at FT Dix, I hated marching in the sand.
     
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    Thanks for sharing your trip. I grew up in South Jersey and climbed that fire tower many times in my youth. I used to ride dirt bikes all through the Wharton State Forrest most often around the Caranza memorial through to the Atsion ranger station. Your pictures brings back great memories.
     
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    Yes, you can see both Philadelphia and Atlantic City from the top. A few years back, they added guard rails to keep people from driving up to the tower. Yet still people took the hike up there to throw off old TV's and bottles. Now the fence has been added about 2 months ago.
     
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    I enjoyed the report as I've only driven through the Barrens and nice to see I'm not the only one that packs a couple potatoes, onion, carrots and hunk of salt pork whenever I head out to the woods for a day or overnights to help in making REAL food meals.
     
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    That explains a lot of the odd trash and bits we found on the hillside surrounding the tower. I found a really thick chunk of glass that I thought could make a great cutting tool, if I could find a SINGLE ROCK to knapp it with. A few moments later Jeff found "an even thicker piece of glass" that looked like it must have come from a glass table top. Disappointing.
     
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    Great trip report but I'm puzzled. Where is the fatwood?

    I've camped in the barrens during warm weather. Amazing night sounds. Tree frogs, whippoorwills, lots of large winged insects flying around. So interesting I couldn't sleep.

    I agree there are a lot of natural treasures in NJ. I live just inside PA but still don't take enough advantage of whats there.
     
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    Stumps, there are plenty. My son found this one maybe 50 feet from the campsite at Goshen pond
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    Good stuff.
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    I canoed one of the streams in there years ago and came across a marijuana patch. The normal ground entrances were booby trapped with razor blades and fish hooks but the stream wasn't.
    This was on state land. We told a warden at the office but he didn't seem to interested.

    Many years ago there were wild dog problems there. Not sure if that's still a problem or not.


    Another time while canoeing I got into a swamp. Had a very hard time figuring the main current flow to get out. I put leaves in the water and watched how they flowed and followed that course. Took a couple hours but I ended up finding the outflow. It had been dammed by beavers. This again was back in the early 80s. Wonder if there are still beaver there?
     
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    When I was younger I read Tom Browns book The Tracker. Its about him growing up in and exploring the pine barrens. Ever since then I have always wanted to get up there and do some exploring. Looks like a good time.
     
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