Detours to the Camden County Shoreline

March 6, 2009 at 6:00 am 2 comments

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.

Camden - Dock
Greetings at End of NC-1101
Camden - Abandoned Toys
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.

Camden - New Blimp Hanger
New Blimp Hanger on the Left, Remains of the Old Blimp Hanger on the Right

The view of the water was interesting in its own right. I’m still fascinated by the baldcypress trees in the water.

Camden - Cypress Tree in River
Another Tree in the Pasquotank River

On land, there were grasses and trees to absorb.

Camden - Yellow Grass, Blue Sky
Yellow Grass, Blue Sky

There were textures to note.

Camden - Wave on Rocks and Scum
Delicate Green Slime on Rough Rocks

Camden - Old Cypress Stump
Weathered Root and the Broken Shoots of Grass

We got to be intrigued by decay.

Camden - Cypress Stump in River
An Old Tree Stump Remains in the Water

Camden - Wave With Old Stumpd
Mess of Roots and Stumps

Camden - Tilty House
An Old House Feeling the Woes of Time

We got to watch the dogs revel in new sights and smells.

Camden - Jimmie Wades in River
Jimmie Wades in the Pasquotank River

We witnessed nature taking over nature. Grass growing on old baldcypress stumps and barnacles that had found a home on old wood.

Camden - Grass in River
Grass Away From Light
Camden - Grass Silhouettes in Pasquotank River
Grass Into Light

Camden - Grass, Sand, Barnacles on Old Wood
Barnacles on Old Wood

Camden - Barnacles on Old Cypress Stumps 3
Closer Shot of Barnacles

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.

More pictures from the Camden Shoreline can be found on my Flickr site.

Camden Shoreline

Length: Negligible

Elevation Gain: None

Directions from Elizabeth City, NC

Stop One
From Water Street, turn on Camden Causeway (NC-34)
Turn right at NC-343
After nearly 12 miles, bear right onto NC-1101
Drive until the road stops.

Stop Two
From Water Street, turn on Camden Causeway (NC-34)
Turn right at NC-343
After nearly 12 miles, 343 will turn into Texas Road (NC-1100)
Drive until the road stops.

Entry filed under: Elizabeth City.

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