The Franklin Parker Preserve~ Part II
North Gate Entrance
The Pine Barrens
Here’s Part I (in case you missed it)
Franklin Parker Preserve South Entrance
This is the second part to the adventure to the Franklin Parker Preserve. I wanted to explore the North entrance this time because I missed out on so much! However, I got lost. It was getting dark and I was getting a little scared. Oh and did I mention, my cell phone went dead? Haha. Yup, fun times my friends.
I have to put a little stereotypical “New Joisey” from time to time in my blog. That’s a given!
So here we go….
From a scene in the Pine Barrens Episode Of The Good Ol’ Sopranos:
Christopher and Paulie are out making collections, but things get out of hand. And they soon have a body to dispose of. They decide to dispose of the body in the Pine Barrens of South Jersey. They get to the woods only to find that their victim is still alive. He manages to run off on them and in the pursuit, Christopher and Paulie get themselves lost. As darkness falls, the cold takes over, and it’s particularly hard on Paulie who has lost one of his shoes. They take refuge in an abandoned truck but have no choice, but to call Tony and ask him to rescue them.
Storyline from IMDB. However, I did not dispose of any dead bodies, found refuge in an abandoned truck, nor lost a shoe.
I tried to keep it clean as possible. I’m sure you are smart enough to figure out the words and fill in the asteriks below from the script.
Paulie ‘Walnuts’ Gualtieri: Ohhhh! Go do that by your own window! I don’t wanna have to smell your piss all night!
Christopher Moltisanti: F*** you, Paulie.
Paulie ‘Walnuts’ Gualtieri: What’d you say?
Christopher Moltisanti: You heard me.
Paulie ‘Walnuts’ Gualtieri: Don’t make me pull rank on you, kid!
Christopher Moltisanti: F*** you, Paulie! Captain or no captain, right now we’re just two ass***** lost in the woods.
Yup, that was me, but one ass**** lost in the woods.
Haha, I was lost in the Pine Barrens just like these Jersey guidos. I was the guidette.
The Franklin Parker Preserve is nestled in between the famous Wharton and Brendan T. Byrne State Forests with Chatsworth Lake bordering to the north. The trail paths are anywhere from 3-7 miles with half-mile connectors between the trails.
The land is really gorgeous. There are lookout towers to watch the wildlife. Massive cranberry bogs filled with lily pads. Numerous tree frogs and the land is graced by an abundance of Atlantic White Cedars. Bald Eagles have set up residence on the Preserve.
It truly is a Piney Paradise. Not many people frequent it too much and you most likely won’t see anyone around. Heaven, or in my case a little bit of hell. Haha.
The kid and I made a return visit to check out the rest of the property. We started at the North Entrance. It was a warm fall day. I started out a bit late. It was around 3PM when We got to the entrance. A few horses were on the trails heading back to their carriages to go home.(Of course the owners were riding them).
From observing the map I have, it looks like I took the Red Footpath and then somehow got lost on the Green Trail and then possibly touched on the Yellow trail. All these trails combined are over 20 miles, haha. I tried to find my way back, but it was starting to get dark. I was getting scared. I had my son with me. I was alone and out in the middle of nowhere. Stupid move, yes I know.
I called one of my Piney friends to come to the rescue. My phone then died. The sun was setting. I ALMOST was going to break open a building to set up shop for the night. I had enough food and supplies to get my son and I through until morning. I AM ALWAYS prepared. However, eventually we made it out with my Piney friend practically in tow with a flashlight. Haha. We made it out alive. No worries.
I will never ever come here alone, ever again. I learned my lesson. This place is 9,600 acres and is easy to get lost in. However, it is gorgeous and will be back!