Isolation Photo Project, Day 4: Pryde’s Point-Alexauken Creek Trail

Pryde's Point-Alexauken Creek Trail | 26 March, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

The weather was gorgeous today. I wanted so badly to take my camera and head into the woods, but I got my work done and waited for Bhavna to come home from work. She saw I was excited and agreed to go with me to Pryde’s Point-Alexauken Creek Trail. We’d never been to this trail in West Amwell Township before, but it was only twenty minutes from our home. We have friends who live in Lambertville, just across the bridge from New Hope, Pennsylvania. I’m not expert with a map, but I think Pryde’s Point-Alexauken Creek Trail is on the eastern side of Lambertville near the township line with West Amwell Township.

The town of Lambertville is located on the Delaware River in the southwestern portion of Hunterdon County. During the 18th century, the area was named after various operators of ferries across the river to Pennsylvania. The ferries established the western terminus of the New Jersey portion of the road connecting New York City and Philadelphia. In 1810 when the post office was established, the town was named Lambertville in honour of John Lambert, a resident who had served as United States Senator and Acting Governor of New Jersey.

The Delaware and Raritan Canal figure prominently in Lamberville’s history. During the construction, an epidemic of cholera broke out in 1832. Of the thousands of Irish immigrant men hired to dig the canal with pick and shovel, dozens of were buried along the banks of the canal and the Delaware River.

Bhavna | 26 March, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR | f/6.4

We pulled into the Rocktown Road Entrance of the Pryde’s Point-Alexauken Creek Trail and parked in dirt patch near the trailhead and walked along the very muddy trail along a grassy field, the edge of a fenced area next to a farm. The path led into a wooded area with twists and turned toward an area with several different trails intersecting. We shrugged our shoulder and set right on another trail along another grassy area toward another intersecting path which went downhill.

26 March, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR | f/7.1

We walked and talked and talked some more. Bhavna is concerned about my anxiety. She knows that I do not like the indefinite nature of the “shelter-at-home” order. She knows how much I suffered last year with my health and my father’s death. She knows how much I was looking forward to getting out and living life. We both agreed that suspending my Facebook account was a good move. She’s worried about the kids too, especially our youngest who had some significant challenges last year.

The trail was muddy. | 26 March, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR | f/2.8

We came upon a clump of trees under which was flooded with water and heard a bullfrog call out. We looked for the frog but could not locate him. He must have been spooked because he stopped making noises. We paused and looked for another five minutes before moving along.

Somewhere in here is a bullfrog. | 26 March, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR | f/4.0

It was at this point that Bhavna, who was further ahead due to stopping to take photographs, called out that she had found some pretty white flowers. Yes! She had found a patch of bloodroot. So many specimens were growing in the dry leaves under the brush. I was so excited and got down on my knees to take photos. I suddenly realised how much I wanted a macro lens.

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) | 26 March, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR | f/4.0
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) | 26 March, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR | f/4.0
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) | 26 March, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR | f/4.0

Bloodroot is a plant native to the eastern part of the United States and Canada. The plant is called bloodroot because when cut the root and budding rootstalk, the rhizome, secrete a red fluid. I didn’t experience this myself, and I refuse to pick or damage the plant. I want to encourage the growth and spread of native plants.

Bhavna has hiking boots but opted to wear her sneakers. She was annoyed that her sneakers were muddy and some of the water had seeped into her shoes and socks. She wanted to turn back, but I convinced her to push just a little further until we came upon an abandoned house which was overrun with trees. Bhavna thought it was occupied and considered that maybe we were trespassing until I showed her the spooky-looking windows. I think we were on the Hedgerow Trail.

26 March, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR | f/6.4
26 March, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR | f/6.4

We continued past the house toward a small mossy stream where I stood for a moment enjoying the calm. When I drive out to the Rock Brook, I often like to stand or sit and listen to the water flowing over the rocks. I find it very relaxing.

mossy stream. | 26 March, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR | f/2.8

But cognizant of the time and Bhavana’s patience I didn’t stand for too long. We turned around and walked back the way we came. I am appreciative that we can have these trips. I know that many people in cities may not have this natural daily respite from the COVID-19 restrictions. Hopefully, we get more sunny days. Bhavna told Shaan and Kiran about our walk, and they are excited to join us for the next one.

26 March, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR | f/2.8

I think this is my fourth (or is it fifth) entry for Jeff’s isolation project.

Submitted as part of the 100DaysToOffload project.
Pryde’s Point Trail Map
Pryde’s Point Trail Map

2 comments

  1. Last night I had to ask my wife what day of the week it was. I’m losing track of time as each day blends into the other. Regarding Jeff’s isolation project, I’m not sure what day this is1, and I’m not strictly following the rules2, but I want to continue using the project as a distraction. Having something to look forward to is helping with my anxiety. I’ve also decided to write these posts as the day goes along instead of waiting to the end of the day.
    The alarm clock sounded off at the usual 6 AM, and I woke up to take my Synthroid3 then went back to bed and slept for another half hour. I’m using the fact that I don’t have to commute to get just a bit more sleep every day, which is helpful considering that I’m going to bed late.
    I have a regular rotation of breakfast foods which includes either yoghurt (Siggi’s is my favourite brand), bagel thins, lox (smoked salmon) and cream cheese, or homemade sausage, egg and cheese biscuit, or oatmeal made in the InstaPot. All of these meals are around 30g of carbohydrates, usually less. I find that my blood glucose stays in range more often if I limit my carbs per meal to about 30g.
    This morning I wanted to try something different, and for some reason, French toast popped into my head. I thought it would be easy to make, but I searched a recipe for a recipe anyway. To keep the carbohydrates to under 30g, I sprinkled Monk Fruit in the Raw instead of powdered sugar and skipped the maple syrup.
    D&R Canal State Park Trail | 27 March, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
    I had my regular endocrinology appointment today. Every six to eight weeks, I do a fasting blood test which the endocrinologist reviews and we discuss and adjust any items to improve diabetes care management. My A1C is down, but I still need to lose some of the weight I gained from the steroids. She wants me to try afrezza. On the drive back home, I stopped on Middleton Road in Plainsboro to capture this photo of people walking along the D&R Canal State Park Trail.
    Once I was home, I noticed a group text message started by my friend Angel. We haven’t had our regular weekly evening beer at the Brick Farm Tavern. She suggested that we do a virtual drinking session. We kicked around some times and agreed on 7 PM.
    Bhavna came home around 2:30 PM, and we decided to enjoy the warm and sunny weather with a hike in the Sourlands Ecosystem Preserve in Hopewell. It had been a while since we had hiked the trail and we got turned around on the path a few times. Kiran remembered that when she was a child, we had attended a session with Sourland Stewards during which she had learned about vernal pools and the amphibians of the Sourlands.
    Sourland Ecosystem Preserve | 27 March, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
    Mud, rocks, and wood planks | 27 March, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
    The trail was even more wet and soggy than the Pryde’s Point-Alexauken Creek Trail that Bhavana, and I hiked earlier in the week. I didn’t find many flowers, but I did find the early leaves of Trout Lily. I want to return to this area next week. I am still on a hunt for round-lobed Hepatica, the most beautiful flower I have seen in the Sourlands.
    27 March, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
    We kept misreading the hiking trail signs and had to double back a few times to find the yellow trail around back to the car. We hiked for about an hour and were exhausted by the end of the hike. My favourite bar and restaurant, The Brick Farm Tavern, re-opened offering a limited selection menu for pickup only. Bhavana called ahead and ordered the Wood Grilled Double Brook Bratwurst.
    Beepeeper by Flounder Brewing Co. | 27 March, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
    We made it home just in time for me to get a quick shower, pour a teku glass with Beepeeper craft ale from Flounder Brewing, and sit to eat dinner, while on the Zoom session with my friends.

    Submitted as part of the 100DaysToOffload project.
    Sourland Ecosystem Preserve Trail Map

    I think it’s day 5. ?

    Jeff had mentioned photographing around the house and the back yard or the surrounding woods. I’m going much further afield while still maintaining physical distancing recommendations. ?

    Synthroid must be taken on an empty stomach a minimum of thirty minutes before eating. ?

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