Friday, May 4, 2012

Day 358: Only In New Jersey, Only On The Canal

This backwood scene is just a few hundred yards from downtown South Bound Brook.
When: Friday, May 4th, from 5:15pm to 5:30pm
Where: The D & R Canal
What: Fishing
Weather: Fair skies, 63 degrees, S wind at 7mph
Barometric Pressure: 29.87in and steady
Relative Humidity: 62%
Moon: Waxing, just before full
Water Conditions: Stained

I find it amazing how quickly you can go from driving through downtown South Bound Brook to feeling like you're in a scene from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. With the warm afternoon and humidity, the wildlife was buzzing along the towpath and the thick kudzu-esque undergrowth made the canal seem uber-creepy this afternoon.

Not to mention, and I crap you not, I scared two snakes out of a TREE over-hanging the canal and watched them drop into the water as I passed by. I have spent an incredible amount of time in the woods and water in New Jersey and this was the first time I have ever seen a snake in a tree. I'm not even sure what species of snake that lives in Middlesex County would be climbing a tree.

There were tons of turtles out too, including a big snapper. I'd be willing to bet that the D & R canal has more turtles per acre of water than anyplace else in this state.

Lots of birds too. I even spied and Oriole.

But no fish.

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