When: Sunday, May 24th, from 7:30am to 4:30pm
Where: Along the D&R Canal and Millstone River, near Kingston, Mercer County
Weather: The "nicest day of Memorial Day weekend"
Lindsay and I have either stumbled upon or invented an outdoor activity which intertwines a few of our favoritve hobbies.
We call it "fish/hiking."
Fish/hiking involves finding a hiking trail which either runs along a river or has a small pond or lake somewhere along the way. Short distances are hiked at great lenths of time due to excessive fishing, photography and snacking. A digital camera and at least one fishing rod which can fit in a backpack are essentials for this type of activity.
D&R Canal State Park is a perfect setting for fish/hiking. The towpath runs along the entire length of the canal, providing scores of opportunities to immortalize the resident wildlife in photograph or to drown a worm. The stretch we chose, new to both of us, originated in Kingston and parallels the Millstone River for part of the hike as well.
Lindsay took some incredible pictures, and on 3 occasions we took long breaks to try and entice one of the monster catfish that swim in the depths of the Millstone River. We failed at that, but did manage a small bullhead and few sunfish.
All in all it was a wonderful day. The weather was perfect and we came home with a ton of pictures.
We intended to hike 10 miles, but only managed 5 or 6.
That took us 9 hours, but such is the nature of fish/hiking.