A Walk in a Different Direction

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  1. Pastor Chris

    Pastor Chris Hardwoodsman #7 Hobbyist Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass II

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    Jake and I decided to have a little outing yesterday, jus tot get out a bit before some colder weather set in starting today.

    We had planned on taking a trail to the South Branch of the Raritan River. There is a ruin of a an old farm in the area and some other interesting stuff mourned, but as we were driving, I remembered that we are in the midst of 6-day firearm deer season and a lot of the parks are closed, except for the trials, and this ended up being one of them, so were choices "B" and "C" for areas to wander and explore.

    The areas of one of our local areas that are open to hunting are separated from the rest of the park by a river, so we decided that would be safe.

    As we entered the park we decided to explore an area that is not used or maintained. Sometimes it is worth going left when you are so used to going right.

    Trout Brook has its origins in the hills outside of the park, but just barely. It gets pretty thin and swampy upstream, so we decided to follow up as far as we could.

    Being a damper area, there are. lot of birch trees and a lot of trees down. There once was a trial here, and there are three small bridges along its length, all of which have downed trees on them.

    We followed the river slowly and just looked around. The intricacy of the roots and rocks of a downed tree provide endless places for the imagination to wander, seemingly endless nooks and crannies are fuel for the imagination.

    [​IMG]IMG_3042 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_3042 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_3042 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr

    We saw an interesting pattern of growth on a tree by the stream. I asked Jake what he thought, "There must have been a wire fence attached when the tree was young." Solid answer and one that was proven a little father upstream.

    [​IMG]IMG_3042 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_3042 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_3042 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr

    One very long very hollow tree had some cool resonance to it. It was decided that it was a good Orc drum.

    [​IMG]IMG_3042 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr

    Another very hollow standing and sill living tree. We expect to see eyes looking back at us. The hole was about 3" in diameter.

    Then the amazing "tree eating tree"

    [​IMG]IMG_3042 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_3042 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_3042 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr

    Some nice horse hoof fungus on a downed black birch.

    Jake also spied some mushrooms that looked like oyster mushrooms in the size and place where they were growing, but were a bit thicker and very brown. We broke some off and gave them a sniff and they smelled exactly like oysters. We gathered them and did some research and they are a different genus/species from the usual oysters that fruit during the colder weather. I might go back today to look for some more.

    An excellent day just wandering, wondering, and marveling at some of the little things nature throws at us at us if we just take the time to look and go in a different direction.

    Thanks for coming along.

    [​IMG]IMG_3042 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_3042 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr
     
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    Looks like a fine day out, lots of interesting stuff to see like the old barbed wire. Looks like Jake had a good time too. I like it.
     
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    Way to go! Great way to spend a day with a young man. Teach him to love the woods early and he will always remember days spent like this.
     
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    Jake will be teaching you before long. A great day.
     
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    What a fine father and son outing!

    Thanks for sharing
     
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    Good pictures and a good trip, you did well young fellar. joe
     
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    Great pics and great father son time
     
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    Looks like a nice trip. I'd be tempted to take a trimming off of the old barbed wire as a memento.
     
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    Fantastic day out with Jake!! Very neat barbed wire. I like to imagine what places may have looked like back in a the early days and what the time period may have been. There is an old late 1800's home place close to my house that is a blast to explore. Thanks for sharing pastor Chris.
     
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    Looks like you guys had fun! Any pictures of the shrooms?
     
  11. Pastor Chris

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    I’m going back to gather a bit today. I’ll post some here.
     
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    Very nice outing and a well written report, thanks for sharing!

    Oh, what are you feedin' that boy? He is growin' too fast!
     
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    What a wonderful outing for you two. Thanks for letting us join you. That shot of Jake playing his tree drum is just awesome. Those are solid, positive childhood memories being made right there, Chris. Way to go, Dad!
     
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    That is a neat resource. It actually looks like the very first one, "Crandall Zigzag" from 1879. I might jus have to snip off a piece, there is only about 2' of it there.

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    Need to crochet a pair of Hunter orange hats for you two to wear.
    Great outing! Happy holidays to you and yours!
    Kevin
     
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    That was a pretty good call by Jake concerning the scars on the tree trunk! Good deductive reasoning there, young man!

    Steve
     
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    I agree with PMSteve, that's a smart young man, obviously being raised well. Nice narrative and pictures, thanks for sharing.
     
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    What more can be added to what's already been said? :)

    Thanks for sharing. Great day for you guys. :)
     
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    Thanks for having us along! I thought the barbed wired was an interesting style,I wonder how old that is?

    I like Jakes hat too!

    Thanks!
     
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    Excellent trip report and outing. It looks like you and Jake both had a great time.
     
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    I fed mine too good and let him sleep in after long hard days and he looks like Viking! The guy works hard and we enjoy our time together like Chris and Jake!
     
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    Very cool stuff here Pastor! Thank you for sharing your bonding adventures and great pics with us. He's the perfect age right now to learn to love ALL the neat things that dad can share with him. Thumbs up brother. :) lb
     
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    Great way to spend the day! Thanks for sharing!
     
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