Tribute to a Foxhunter: Pomeroy Crossroads By Ben Ruset

Time and again, the Yummygal would like to feature local authors and explorers of our great state of NJ. No one knows the Pine Barrens as much as this guy below. He actually just celebrated his 10 year anniversary of his site. I’d like to feature him since well, they do help me out from time to time. I can’t always take all the credit. Read below. Plus, Ben is an incredible writer and history buff.

Tribute to a Foxhunter: Pomeroy Crossroads By Ben Ruset

In the woods North of Woodmansie, in Byrne State Forest, five lonely sand roads come together in a wide clearing. I had been exploring the area around Union Clay Works earlier that day, and decided to head up to Buckingham to try to find cellar holes and the ruins of the railroad station. Driving North along Buckingham Road, the trail split, and I drove left, passing along a part of the woods that seemed particularly dreary.

The Marker At Pomeroy Crossing

I made my way to the intersection, randomly driving along forgotten sand roads, while keeping an eye on my GPS to keep me from getting hopelessly lost. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a cement marker with the inscription “Pomeroy Crossroads” carved. I had never heard this place mentioned in any books or discussion with fellow Lost Town Explorers, so I took a picture and headed on my way, determined to find out what this place was.

The Location Of Pomeroy Crossroads

A month or so slipped by without any further clues as to what this place was. I had nearly forgotten about it until I bought a copy of Chaseworld – Foxhunting and Storytelling in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens by Mary Hufford. Finally, I was able to get some information on who Pomeroy was and why there is a marker for him in the Pine Barrens! The sport of foxhunting, which normally draws images of hounds crashing across the fields of England, is alive and well in the Pine Barrens, where it has developed it’s own unique identity. Instead of men on horseback, pickup trucks are used. Instead of shouts and yells between hunters, a CB radio keeps them all together. Donald Pomeroy was one of those hunters. In 1985, right before the opening of deer season, he lost control of his pickup truck and crashed into a tree. The New Jersey Sporting Dogs Association placed the marker there in memory of Donald Pomeroy, who had been a well respected member of the foxhunting community.

This article was first published on NJPineBarrens.com in 2003.

Ben Ruset

About Ben Ruset

Ben Ruset has been exploring, photographing, and writing about the New Jersey Pine Barrens for over 10 years. He’s an award-worthy individual whose other hobbies include counting freckles and sampling craft beers. One of his goals is to take some of the hidden and forgotten history of South Jersey and showcase it to the public. Feel free to follow him on Twitter, @njpinebarrens.

You can also see some of his famous writings and explorations at NJ Pine Barrens Website
If you think I explore, YOU HAVE TO CHECK OUT THIS GUY.

Waterlemon & Leinster Bay

Waterlemon & Leinster Bay, St. John USVI

All I have to say is, “WOW.” I think Waterlemon Bay is the BEST beach in St. John. That’s a tough act to follow considering all the gorgeous beaches of my beloved island.

Now, it’s a bit of a hike. I would say about a 1/2 mile. It starts at Leinster Bay. There is limited parking and it fills up very quickly. The best time to come is first thing in the morning to avoid any crowd and to get yourself a nice little parking spot.

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Start of trail, overlooking Leinster Bay

The hike and views are just captivating. Numerous Cacti and native plants surround the trail with the gorgeous view of Tortola and the Sir Francis Drake Channel off on the horizon. It’s also an easy hike. There are not many inclines or declines. The distance walking here is definitely well worth it. You can trust me, my friends. I will NEVER steer you wrong.

Just make sure you wear comfortable shoes because the trail is a bit rocky, but maintained pretty well by the National Park.

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Beautiful cactus lining the hiking tail

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Another view of the water and the Sir Francis Drake Channel

As you continue along your journey, just take a deep breath and capture all the beauty that is around you. Leinster bay meeting Waterlemon, ahhhhhhhhh.

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Portion of the trail along your path

Eventually. You will end up at this gorgeous beauty of Waterlemon. Find yourself a nice little spot, sit down, mellow out, and take it all in. Hope you didn’t forget your snorkel gear. The snorkeling is
INCREDIBLE!

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View of beach

I love this beach because it has such a natural feel.
There is hardly anyone around (if you get here early enough) and it feels totally untouched by humans.

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Shot of the beach with Waterlemon Cay off to the right, the Cay offers the best snorkeling

The beach is a little rocky, however the water is turquoise, calm, and clear. It’s nestled around my favorite friends the mangroves.

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Leinster Bay

Look at how clear the water is here!

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Waterlemon wonderful!

It was the best snorkeling of our trip! With a few baby sea turtles in the mix and gorgeous fish.

If you are looking for an untouched natural beauty beach and don’t mind a bit of a walk, this is well worth it.

My favorite of all the beloved St. John beaches!

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A true gem of St. John