I headed out for Bass River State Forest in the Pine Barrens Thursday after work. I hoped to leave early and do some Geocaching all evening on the way there. (http://www.geocaching.com/about/ for those who do not know what this is.) Till I got done watering plants and taking care of other things before I left, it was much later then I wanted. I did find some caches on the way, but not near as many as I wanted.
Friday afternoon I decided to head to Batsto Lake to do some paddling there.
After I was done paddling I did some more caching while driving back to the camp site.
Back at the camp site I hiked around most the lake finding more caches. Then relaxed.
Late Friday night Ron and his wife showed up and set up camp. We hung out talking plants and such for some time before heading off to sleep.
Rich was going to meat us early Saturday morning to show us some sites that he is familiar with.
One of the stops we made was at a location that last year when Rich took Gale and myself, there was hundreds of large D. filiformis everywhere. I was very disappointed that there was nowhere close to the amount of plants and they were smaller then a year ago. The ground they were growing on was very dry compared to last year.
An area that had water last year was a mushy ground and thousands of D. intermedia was growing all over the area. So that made up for the lackluster D. filiformis.
We then went to Webbs Mill Bog.
We were all hungry so Rich took us to a very good Chinese buffet. We all ate till we were stuffed and sat around and talked for a long while enjoying being inside with the A/C.
We headed back to the camp site and talked a bit more before Rich headed home.
Ron his wife and I put our boats into Lake Absegami, which was right where we were camping. I did not take my camera but wished I did. We paddled throw large rush / reed fields that stuck up above the water around 3 feet. It would have been a very neat shot to get us paddling through them. We also noticed that among the floating plant debris, algae, and Sphagnum moss, D. intermedia was growing on these floating mats. Some of the water that it was floating at was over 2 feet deep.
Sunday morning we got up early and headed to Tuckerton. We placed our boats on Pohatong Lake and paddled upstream. This was a very neat location to paddle.
After going a half mile upstream we came to drainage pipes where the water -flowed from the other side of the road. I kidded about taking out and putting back in across the road, but we had to get back and both tear down camp by noon.
This will be a place I want to paddle again from across the road we came to. I checked my Garmin Mapsource maps and the other side of the road continues for 2 and a half miles before coming to another road. I’m hoping that this area will be navigable for the distance.