Kirkwood Lake Paddle – Voorhees/Lindenwold, NJ

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Kirkwood Lake Paddle – Kirkwood Lake County Park – Voorhees and Lindenwold, NJ
Distance: 1 1/2  miles (could have gone a little further back with a kayak)
Type: Out and back
Difficulty: 2 of 10.
Total score: 4 of 10.

Terrain – Nice out and back on this old recreational lake, although lake is being filled in by weeds.  Come on Sherman-Williams, clean up your mess.

Put ins – Gibbsboro Road, just off the intersection with White Horse Road (NOT the same as the White Horse Pike), Lindenwold, NJ.  39°50’10.84″N,  75° 0’3.96″W.  The driveway goes past the log cabin.

Map –
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Standouts – birds and water

Description:  Yesterday was overcast with a chance of rain… time to take the canoe out!  After a year in storage due to apartment living, and another winter in storage, I hosed off the canoe.  Up it went onto the car, and away we went.

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There’s not much to this one.  There is a whole lot of lake, then a narrow channel, then some more lake.  The second part of the lake is pretty shallow, and no where could I put my paddle in even halfway.  In the old days, folks would take trains to spend hot summer days on this lake, but I can’t find much more info than that.

Lately, Kirkwood Lake has been battled over between the residents in the area and Sherman Williams, who has been dragging their feet on cleaning up the area, which is polluted from their nearby former paint factory.  I hope that the cleanup starts soon, it’s a very nice spot!

Thanks to Dan for canoeing with me, and for braving The Pres’s first real canoe ride (or at least first one since he was able to stand up)!

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Nice houses along the way, some of them dating to when this was a destination.

Nice houses along the way, some of them dating to when this was a destination.

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Overall recommendation – I wouldn’t drive any great distance to paddle this one, but if you live in Camden County, it’s a nice 30 or 40 minute expedition!

 

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Fort Delaware and Pea Patch Island

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Official Website – Fort Delaware State Park
Ferry information – Forts Ferry Crossing

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Directions – You can leave from the pier at Fort Mott State Park in Pennsville, NJ or from the dock at Fort Delaware State Park in Delaware City, Delaware.

Fort Mott State Park (New Jersey side) – 454 Fort Mott Road Pennsville, NJ 08070
Fort Dupot (Delaware Side) – 45 Clinton St, Delaware City, DE 19706

Tickets – Check Forts Ferry Crossing page for current rates.  Can buy tickets at the pier in Delaware City (credit or cash) or on the ferry itself in Pennsville (cash only).  If you don’t have cash in Jersey (we didn’t), they’ll take you all the way across to Delaware City to pay, but it’s tricky with the timing, so better to come prepared!

Fort Delaware State Park, located on Pea Patch Island, was part of a chain of three forts that defended Philadelphia for well over 100 years.  The first fortifications were built at the end of the War of 1812, and the bulk of the present fort was built before the Civil War.  During the war, Confederate prisoners were held on the island in barracks, the biggest influx coming after the Battle of Gettysburg.  The fort continued to be used through WWII, then was given over to the state of Delaware.

This is a GREAT place to visit this summer, and the ferry ride on the river alone in the heat might be worth the price of admission!

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Appalachian Trail – All of Maryland – Day 4

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The Plan:

Back in 2013, two buddies and I set out to hike Maryland in four days.  We did this mostly to enjoy our time on the trail, and didn’t do any big mile days, despite friendly terrain.  Our trek could be done in three days pretty easily by pushing through where we stopped the last night (heck, thru-hikers are know to do this stretch in one day to complete something called the Maryland Challange), but take your time and enjoy this really nice stretch of trail.

Check out Maryland AT Day 1 for background info on this one

DAY 4:
Ed Garvey Shelter to ATC Headquarters, Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia
START –  Ed Garvey Shelter
FINISH – ATC Headquarters, Harper’s Ferry, WV
DISTANCE – 7.0 trail miles (8 miles or so for the day)

Day 4 – Last day on the trail!  While it’s always sad to have a trip come to an end, we were thinking about non-freeze dried food in Harpers Ferry, which kept us moving.  This was the easiest day – 7 miles total, practically no uphill at all, beautiful views at Weverton Cliffs, and the easiest walking imaginable along the three flattest miles of the AT along the C&O Canal Townpath.   We finished the trail at one of the landmarks of the Appalachian Trail – the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters in beautiful Harper’s Ferry, West Virignia.  We then wandered down the road back into Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, where we ate hamburgers and nachos to celebrate, then made it onto the national park’s bus to get back to our car.

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Appalachian Trail – All of Maryland – Day 3

Rise and shine!  It's Day 3 of backpacking across Maryland on the Appalachian Trail!

Rise and shine! It’s Day 3 of backpacking across Maryland on the Appalachian Trail!

The Plan:

Back in 2013, two buddies and I set out to hike Maryland in four days.  We did this mostly to enjoy our time on the trail, and didn’t do any big mile days, despite friendly terrain.  Our trek could be done in three days pretty easily by pushing through where we stopped the last night (heck, thru-hikers are know to do this stretch in one day to complete something called the Maryland Challange), but take your time and enjoy this really nice stretch of trail.

Check out Maryland AT Day 1 for background info on this one

DAY 3:
Rocky Run Shelter to Ed Garvey Shelter
START –  Rocky Run Shelter
FINISH – Ed Garvey Shelter
DISTANCE – 9.1 trail miles (about 9.4 miles for the day)

Day 3 was a relaxing day after our push the day before.   We could have made it out to Harpers Ferry pretty easily, but wanted to stay here because this shelter was named for Ed Garvey, author of Appalachian Hiker: Adventurer of a Lifetime, published in 1971 as the first Appalachian Trail thru-hiker memoir (Note: My copy was a quarter at a yard sale, my wife has good eyes!).  I’d finished reading it the year before, and who wants to rush back to civilization anyhow?

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Bishop Farmstead Walking Trail – Southampton, NJ

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Bishop Farmstead Walking Trail- Pinelands Preservation Alliance Headquarters- Southampton, Burlington County, NJ
Distance: 0.6 miles
Type: Loop
Difficulty: 1 of 10
Total score: 6 of 10

Website – Pinelands Preservation Alliance
Open – The Pinelands Visitor Center is open Monday – Friday, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Call ahead for seasonal weekend hours

Terrain – meadow

Trailheads –  39°56’25.88″N,  74°44’47.55″W – at the back of the parking area.

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Whitesbog Blueberry Festival- 2015

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“Dad, this is a beanbag game!” “Oh, I know that. Hold still!”

32nd Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival
June 27, 2015
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Unfortunately, my canoe trip had to be cancelled this weekend due to storm damage from last week.  Happily, that meant we got to go to the Whitesbog Blueberry Festival instead!  As three of you may remember, I went to Whitesbog for the first time back in April, so I was happy to be back with the family along.  The day featured booths of local history (woodworking, spinning, etc), displays by local organizations (The Pres’s favorite by far was Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, even if he wouldn’t touch the snake), presentations by a number of experts (the Pres loved the snake guy… I sense a pattern developing here), lots of local music, and wagon rides and guided walks throughout Whitesbog’s historical village.  The rain didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm, and we had a really good time.

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Nature Trail – Hale Memorial Park, Voorhees, NJ

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John T. Hale, Sr Memorial Park – Ashland Woods, Voorhees, Camden County, NJ
Distance: 1 mile
Type: Figure 8
Difficulty: 1 of 10
Total score: 3 of 10

Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Forest

Trailheads –  39°51’14.65″N,  75° 0’56.95″W

Trailhead = entrance to the park.

Trailhead = entrance to the park.

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