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life in the stick

NJ is too small to have more than one stick, so I can’t say I live in the sticks. Just the one.

But it has a lot of nature nearby. Clinton is a little town where 2 or 3 watercourses come together. The Spruce Run river merges with the South Branch of the Raritan River, just south of the Spruce Run reservoir, and picks up the Beaver Brook on the south end of downtown, just past the 2nd bridge below the little dam by our famous Red Mill. There is a wetland area south of town; instant wilderness 100 feet off the main road, unknown and ignored by the state highway thundering above it. Makes for great trout fishing; there’s always a few guys out there in waders with their fly rods.

I picked up a basic pizza down at lenny’s tonight. Coming out with the pie I saw a huge low flying bird. Around NJ that usually means a Turkey Vulture or a wild turkey, but this one was a Great Blue Heron. Massive thing, looked like a mini pterodactyl from Jurrasic Park. They fly with their necks pulled back in an S curve. It flapped over town a few times, then hovered down over the lower bridge to land in the South Branch and get his own take out. Most people are unaware of nature around them, and the only birds they know are the genus Perdue and Tyson. Beats me why. I celebrate it.

So a perfect Spring evening here. We added our own pepperoni, mushrooms, onion, and extra mozzarella to the pie, crisped it up in the oven, and gobbled that down.


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