New Year's Day Outing to an Old Favorite Place

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  1. Pastor Chris

    Pastor Chris Keeper of the T.Darrah Tenkara Pass-Around Hobbyist Supporter Bushcraft Friend Hardwoodsman Bushclass II

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    Jake and I decided to take a short afternoon hike on New Year's Day as the weather cleared a bit. We were discussing places to go for about 2 hours before sunset and suggested his old "Cabin". His eyes lit up and we were off.

    We are incredibly blessed to live in a part of New Jersey that is surrounded by wooded areas, parks, and WMAs. This spot is just off the Patriot's Path trial network and is one of Jake's old favorites.

    The "Cabin" is an area of a stream that has a little island, a few large downed trees, and lots of areas to explore. He named it this when he was about 5 years old and it still holds a magical allure for him, and is a place he would like to live, hence the name.

    The trail was a bit wet going in:

    [​IMG]IMG_1111 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_1111 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr

    Lots of mosses around, and also old foundations of buildings long lost which adds to the mystique for boys of all ages.

    [​IMG]IMG_1111 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_1111 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr

    This area is full of large yellow and black birches. We picked up a bit of bark for building fires at home later.

    [​IMG]IMG_1111 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr

    Finally arriving at the "Cabin" and the stream as it flows out of it downhill.

    [​IMG]IMG_1111 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_1111 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_1111 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr

    This brought back so many fond memories for him, most of which manifested themselves and whoops and hollers for joy in playing around on old familiar trees.

    We found a spot in the miss of the cabin with some ominous claw marks, about 4-5 piles of bear poop filled with seeds and berries, and a hole of some critter along the bank.

    [​IMG]IMG_1111 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_1111 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_1111 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr

    As the sun was getting low and the temps dropping, we drove the long 10 minutes home and decided to light one of the sleeves of bark up in the fire pit. It smelled wonderful and warmed us on the outside almost as much as the trip warmed us on the inside.

    Ernie Schwiebert wrote of "silent secret places" along rivers, and this is certainly one of this for Jake and me.

    Thanks for coming along.

    [​IMG]IMG_1111 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr
     
  2. LazyPK

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    Awesome :dblthumb:

    Makes me miss the "Hobbit Hole" I used to play in when I was a wee lad. Back in the woods behind our house there was a creek and a big dug out area in the side of a little ravine. I camped out and made a lot memories there. Theres a neighborhood there now:(
     
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    Always enjoy your TR's, especially when Jake is involved. He is growing up quick!
     
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    No problem finding water. Nice outing.
     
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    Looks like a very good time! It reminds me of my grandma's farm, it was the most special place in the world for me growing up; felt like being in a jungle. Not to mention I was very eager to believe stories of Snipes and lions living somewhere out in the brush.

    Great post @Pastor Chris!
     
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    Thanks for sharing your adventure. Your son is banking a lifetime of memories. Speaking from experience, shared adventures with my Dad still bring me happiness whenever I think of them. He's been gone since 1982 and I'm now 65 but when I think of our joint outings it's with nothing but pleasure; and maybe a tear of loss as he died so young.

    That's all for now. Take care and until next time....be well.

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