Little Rivers Series  LbNA # 2180 (ARCHIVED)

OwnerAdoptable    
Placed DateMay 4 2002
CountyBurlington
LocationBatsto, NJ
Boxes2
Found By Beau Geste
Last Found Dec 29 2009
StatusFFF  
Hike Distance?

Little Rivers of New Jersey Letterbox Series (2)
Upper Batsto River
Hammonton, NJ Burlington County
May 4, 2002 (alive and well as of 5/16/04
Planted by The Gnarly River Women

The Gnarlies are a group of women drawn together by our love of paddling the rivers of New Jersey. The group's activities change with our members' interests. We've had a website and a newsletter, we've been down the Salmon on duckies and the Colorado on rafts (it was those Colorado River guides who named us.) We've paddled tandem canoes and solo canoes but lately many of us prefer kayaks. Our numbers on the river on any given day are as few as two and as many as twenty, but we all try to get out on a river at least once a season. A few of us are into Letterboxing and hope to combine these two wonderful activities. BJ, our artist in residence, carved our logo stamp, and our intent is to plant letterboxes along our favorite rivers. This is our first.

On Saturday morning 16 Gnarlies in 14 solo kayaks and 1 tandem canoe (there's always one holdout) put in at Hampton Furnace on the Upper Batsto. The weather was perfect and after last week's rain, the water was high and moving fairly quickly. Four and a half hours later, after stopping for lunch and experiencing a gloriously leisurely paddle, we took out at Quaker Bridge where we hid our first letterbox.

Easy clues, moderate paddle - narrow, twisting river - check the water level

* Paddle under Quaker Bridge and take the right bend. Pass the water gauge on the left and take out at the small sandy bank.
* Cross over Quaker Bridge.
* Walk to the double tree, which marks the Batona Trail.
* From that double tree go 19 walking steps at about 35 degrees to the fallen tree.
* Letterbox is under the fallen tree.


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This box is not longer available (swept away by recent floods, I imagine) but will be replaced in the near future.


South Branch of the Raritan River
July 6, 2002
Flemington, New Jersey
Hunterdon County
Planted by The Gnarly River Women

The Gnarlies are a group of women drawn together by our love of paddling the rivers of New Jersey. The group’s activities change with our members’ interests. We’ve had a website and a newsletter, we’ve been down the Salmon on duckies and the Colorado on rafts (it was those Colorado River guides who named us). We’ve paddled tandem canoes and solo canoes but lately many of us prefer kayaks. Our numbers on the river on any given day are as few as two and as many as twenty, but we all try to get out on a river at least once a season. A few of us are into Letterboxing and hope to combine these two wonderful activities. BJ, our artist in residence, carved our logo stamp, and our intent is to plant letterboxes along our favorite rivers. This is our second.

On Saturday morning 9 Gnarlies in 7 solo kayaks and 1 tandem canoe (there’s always one holdout) put in at Rockafellows Mills Road on the South Branch. The weather was wonderful, and although the river was low, it was moving fairly quickly. Two and a half hours later, after stopping for lunch and experiencing a gloriously leisurely paddle, we took out at Neshanic Station (we all made it over the dam.) Along the way we hid our second letterbox.
Easy clues, easy paddle, but check the water level

Put in at Rockafellows Mills Road in Flemington.

Paddle under Route 202, under Old YorkRoad, and under Higginsville Bridge (it’s yellow)
Fairly soon after the Higginsville Bridge you’ll see homes on the right and signs indicating a Nature Preserve on the left.

The riverbanks open up to fields, and at a left curve the river forks. If you look back on the right bank on a hill you should see a barn.

Take the left, smaller fork.

The letterbox is on a rope thrown over the elbow of the arm of the 3 trunked tree on the left bank of the left fork.


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