Saturday, August 7, 2010
Raccoon Ridge - Worthington State Forest, NJ
So today we hiked 11.3 miles on the Raccoon Ridge part of the Appalachian Trail. We hiked up high atop the mountain:
And I founded a pillow wot somebody must has lefted when they woz camping:
Mom putted it up high on a rawk next to the trail so it be furry visibull and she sayed if'n it still be there when we commed back that way, then we would pack it out but when we commed that way later, it woz gone. Mebbe a bear founded it and taked it fur hims den. Mebbe it woz the bear wot this poo belonged to:
No worries. I woz not nomming it. I woz just checking out all the booberries and stuffs wot commed out whole.
There woz lots of nice views up on the Raccoon Ridge:
Then we heared a lowd noise and OMD, it woz a helly-koptah!
I had to biggify it coz it just be a teeny dot on the horizon in the pikshure. We did not knows at the time wot the helly-koptah woz doing but we woz soon to find out.
We woz headed to Sunfish Pond to take a break afore turning around and heading back. Then we seened the forest pawlice who putted up this sine:
OMD! A FOREST FIRE! The forest pawlice sayed the helly-koptah woz bringing water to dump on the fire but they had to close down the trails so fire fighters could use them to get to the fire. The pawlice sayed we could go to the lookout at the pond but no farther so that is wot we did. We tried to take a break there...
...but the smokes woz getting in our throats and making us coff so we had to head back. We is furry sad that a stoopid hooman did something so rilly stoopid and irresponsibull coz that is the only way a forest fire gets started. And they say the fire will not be out until in rains. That could be many days.
On the way home I woz sad thinking about all of the animals wot is losing they homes and many lose they lives. I even feel sad fur the chipmunks, skwerrels, mouses, burds, snakes and bugs, well, eggsept for fleas, tickies and skeeters.
Here do be an article we founded about the fire when we gotted home: New Jersey Herald and here be a wildfire repawt.
We will be thinking about our animal furrends in the forest and hoping fur the bestest fur them.