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Atsion Things to Do

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    by KiKitC Written Aug 23, 2008

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    From the Atsion Ranger Station (once the town's general store), one can explore the trails by car, horse, bike or foot. I would suggest a good GPS, or someone that knows their way around.

    The trails that start here are accessible by just about any vehicle. There are some mud puddles to be aware of. If you're not in a 4 wheel drive, try to stay to the side of the puddles. One trail to follow from here is the blue marked trail. That trail will be mostly easy driving, and will eventually lead you back near the ranger station.

    A myriad of other trails branch off from the blue trail. These are old indian trails that became stage trails. The indians used to pass through this area on their way to the shore, and bring clams back to the reservations. Later, when small towns appeared for the local industries, the roads became wider to accomodate stage coaches and transportation of goods.

    Now, you can explore them for yourself. Just remember...stay on the trail and tread lightly.

    off the main trail
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Atsion Warnings and Dangers

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    by KiKitC Updated Jun 23, 2006

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    Cases of Lyme's Disease have seemed to increase, I've gotten ticks sitting in my backyard. But out here in the woods, they are plentiful. I'll spend almost a half hour searching Gordie for ticks after one of our rides.

    Under Packing List tips, I including instructions on better protecting yourself from getting tick bites.

    First, you really need deep woods repellent. I find that Deepwoods Off is working.

    I wear ankle high hiking boots out there, with calf high socks. First, spray the repellent on your boots til soaked. Then spray your socks up to your calf until soaked. Put your pant leg over the top of the boots, and spray til soaked. Then spray the rest of your body well. Girls...I know it's sucks, but spray your hair. It will get really sticky, but if your playing out here, you love getting muddy.

    Wear a hat! It can help keep ticks out of your hair. It is extremely difficult to find a tick in a full head of hair.

    The ticks that carry the lyme's disease are extremely small and difficult to spot. You need to look closely. If you do get bit, you could immediately go to your doctor, get charge a ridiculous co-pay, get put on medication you don't need, because the tick wasn't infeted to begin with.

    Or, keep a sharp eye on that spot in the next couple of days. If you see a red ring around it...then go to the doctor. Gordie had seen two red rings on my back at one time, I went to the doctor, and the meds caught it in time.

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    by KiKitC Written Jun 21, 2006

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    You've gotten the urge to explore the woods. You have found the roads that wind through the park, and they are an easy ride. Your feel comfortable and start to cruise through at a reasonable speed. KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN. Be watchful. There are numerous spots where large dips, holes, puddles, mud and sand throw in huge, possibly dangerous obstacles. They come quick, and may not be seen until you're right up on it.

    Once in a while, you get to more bumpy areas, and you just have to navigate cautiously, but it won't ruin your suspension if you're careful.

    I think I reminded you about puddles in the other tip. But can't stress it enough. You don't know how deep it is, you don't know how muddy it could be. If you aren't sure, and if you can, bypass the big puddles. I mean, if you're there to try and get stuck, go for it. But, I'm not writing this tip for them, am I?

    Watch for the quicksand It's good to have friends. Just proceed with caution
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    by KiKitC Updated Jun 19, 2006

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    You just bought a new SUV...

    You want to go out and explore the trails....

    There are trails for all levels of play...but know your limitations. If you don't want scratches, mud, flooding or broken parts...stay on the easy trails. It can get messy out there.

    Depending on the recent rains, you may or may not be able to get through some spots without help.

    If you've got a winch, a tow buddy with a rope, and guts, you're in for a great time...
    If you don't...beware. That puddle may be deeper than you want to go.

    Be right with you... You will get muddy...
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Atsion What to Pack

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    by KiKitC Written Jul 3, 2006

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: So, you're deep into the woods of the pines, you're on a small, remote beach by a hidden lake, and you're enjoying the cool breeze coming off the lake. Now you're heading back to the trails. Make sure you have plenty of drinking water. Despite the shade of the pines, it gets HOT in the woods. Make sure you carry at least one liter of water per person....

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: I have one of those backpack water carriers for hiking, with the tube that hooks on the shoulder for easy access and sipping. When we're in the truck, it's a full cooler, with ice...ahhhh

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    by KiKitC Written Jun 21, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: Bring a garbage bag. You bring in, you take out. Got it?

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Depending on your level of play, bring a dry set of clothes, extra socks, and keep them off the floor, and watertight bags. If you're hiking through, some trails may not be suitable for sneakers. I wear hiking boots. If it looks like rain, and you're hiking, have raingear.

    Important. Unless you're bald, wear a cap. It's much more difficult to find a tick in a full head of hair. Trust me, you'll feel like a couple of gorillas picking bugs off each other.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: BUG SPRAY. This is what I suggest. Spray your ankle high boots til soaking with repellent. Then, soak your socks in the spray, and pull them up to your calf. Pull your pant leg as far down your ankle as you can, and soak the bottom of your pants. Then spray the reast of your body.

    Photo Equipment: I love taking photos of the pines...in case you haven't noticed. I use a digital camera, only 3 megapixel, but it gets the job done.

    Miscellaneous: You're looking to get stuck? Have a winch, tow strap, guts and good suspension. Enjoy.

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Atsion Off The Beaten Path

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    by KiKitC Updated Jun 8, 2007

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    Name ten people you know that drive an SUV. That's easy to do, right?

    Now, name two people you know that actually take their SUV off-road. Not as easy, huh?

    It's true...most SUV drivers NEVER* get dirt in their rims.

    I'm gonna suggest something. Go down 206 to Atsion. There are easy access, I'll say dirt roads, that can be fun for those that have never taken a "romp" through the woods. Just remember, there are over 500 miles of unpaved roads out here. There are a couple of signs in there, and I mean only a couple. Keep your bearings.

    The roads are mostly wide, relatively level. Really, I did see a little Honda Accord back in there, but I don't think I would've taken it over these roads. There are spots along these roads that take you back to hidden lakes and streams.

    So, you SUV pavement huggers, take a ride through our pine barrens, it will be a memorable ride, and there are trails that are minimal risk to your SUV.

    Easy access trails
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