Saturday, June 12, 2010
Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area (Rockaway, NJ)
We had a very pawsome 11 miles hike at Wildcat Ridge today. Back in the 1800's peeples used to live here and werk in the mines. One of the mines is now a Batman bat cave! The bats go there for hibernashuns. They is away at they summer places now but they be back to the cave in September. The hole is blocked off to keep bad peeples out but the bats can still come and go.
The mining town is long gone now and nature has reclaimed just about efurrything. You can still see old ruins in the woods:
And, OMD, check this out! It be an old cemetery in the woods where the mining peeples wot died woz buried. It woz kwite kreepy! I wonner if it be haunted?
Then we commed to Hawk Watch but the hawks must has been at they summer homes, too coz we did not see any hawks.
So we is hiking along when all of a sudden we heard something rustling in the bushes. I stopped and looked, then looked at mom. That is wot I is supposed to do when I see wildlifes, like this:
So mom knows something woz there. She tolded me to stay till she catched up and then we both looked. OK, wot follows is a reenaktment coz MOM DID NOT GET PIKSHURS!!! She woz way too eggsited to get the camera. So when mom catched up and we looked, this is wot we sawed:
YES! A bear! Our furry furst bear enkounter! It woz way pawsome. Even tho I woz rite next to mom and she woz holding my leash, she called me and talked to me rilly lowd so the bear would hear her and knows there be a hooman around. They say you can sing but trust me, you no wanna hear mom sing. The point is to make noise so the bear knows you is there.
The bear sniffed the air trying to get a lokashun on us. Once hims bear radar honed in, this is wot happened:
Oh, it woz just way pawsome and eggsiting! (And we kindly thank the Google Images Reenaktment Aktor Bear.)
So then we went on to Split Rock Reservoir. We can hike all around the reservoir but that be for anudder day coz it be anudder 10 mile hike!
As we woz walking along the bridge by the reservoir, mom suddenly yelled "ACK!" and jumped back. This is wot mom sawed:
Mom is not skeered of snakes, he just startled her and look how big the snake woz next to me. He woz about 4 feets long! This be a black rat snake wot kinks up when skeered so that is why he do be all lumpy. I did not mean to skeer him. Sorry!
So then we headed back into the woods and had to go through creeks:
We taked a break and had a snack:
And ended up at a kewl beeber pond with two beeber lodges (where I has the orange arrows). But we did not see any beebers.
So, udder than the bear and snake, we seened an old burd nest:
Twenty too baby red-spotted newts (mom counted as she woz dodging them for about 2 miles so she would not squish them)
A pheasant and hers babies wot gotted skeered and all taked off. We hope they camed back to the nest after we left. We did not mean to skeer them. We think the mom stayed ahind to be a decoy so we would focus on her and not the babies but we told her no worries, we not herting them.
And a turtle. I goosed him in the butt so he would come out of hims shell but I gotted in trubull for that. Mom says we should not traumatize the wildlifes.
And now I present you with the Shawnee Cam!