Detours to the Camden County Shoreline
In January, Ryan Somma and I went in search for the Camden Jeep Trail in Camden County, North Carolina. I didn’t bring the GPS (it was still buried with Virgin Island luggage). Armed only with some notes scrawled on a piece of scrap paper, I managed to find myself at a dead end on the Pasquotank River not once, but twice! At first glance, the detours didn’t seem like much. The end of NC-1101 greeted us with an old rickety dock, the end of NC-1100 with some abandoned toys.
Greetings at End of NC-1101
Greetings at End of NC-1100
But then we got out of the car and got a chance to absorb our surroundings. First off, from NC-1101, we could see Elizabeth City’s new Blimp Hanger and the remains of the old Blimp Hanger across the river.
The view of the water was interesting in its own right. I’m still fascinated by the baldcypress trees in the water.
On land, there were grasses and trees to absorb.
There were textures to note.
We got to be intrigued by decay.
We got to watch the dogs revel in new sights and smells.
We witnessed nature taking over nature. Grass growing on old baldcypress stumps and barnacles that had found a home on old wood.
Grass Away From Light
Grass Into Light
After those two unplanned stops, we did found our way to the Jeep Trail. When I look back at it though, those detours were not detours.
They were discoveries.
Elevation Gain: None
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