Saturday, June 8, 2013

Delaware and Raritan Canal, New Jersey (USA)

About once a week I visit this canal to have a several miles long walk. This is near my home.
The Delaware and Raritan Canal (D&R Canal) is a canal in central New Jersey. It was built in the 1830s and served to connect the Delaware River to the Raritan River. It was intended as an efficient and reliable means of transportation of freight between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New York City, especially coal from the anthracite coal fields in eastern Pennsylvania.
Delaware and Raritan Canal
Delaware and Raritan Canal next to Millstone River

Before the arrival of the railroads, the canal allowed ships to reduce many miles off the route from the Pennsylvania coal fields. Locks were used to overcome elevation differences along the D&R canal. Many of the locks are still present along the canal route.
From 1974, most of the canal system was declared a New Jersey state park.
Delaware and Raritan Canal
2: Delaware and Raritan Canal
People use this canal for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. An unpaved road runs all the way along the side of the canal, which was the tow path that mules used to pull barges on the canal before the era of steam powered barges. This same path is now used for hiking, jogging, bicycling, and horseback riding.
The canal can be accessed from many places along its route, with parking areas.
Delaware and Raritan Canal
Delaware and Raritan Canal
One of the most scenic and popular sections of the D&R Canal state park is the segment along Lake Carnegie in Princeton, New Jersey, where the canal is on one side of the path and the lake on the other side. Another attractive section borders the Colonial Park Arboretum and Gardens in East Millstone.
For several miles Millstone Rivers goes parallel this canal from Princeton north to Manville and then for several miles Raritan River runs parallel with the path in between the canal and the river at both river segments. These both segments are my favorite places to walk.
Delaware and Raritan Canal
Delaware and Raritan Canal
By the end of the 19th century, use of canals declined throughout the USA. The speed and power of the railroad made the canals obsolete. The D&R Canal’s last year of profitable operation was 1892, but is stayed open through the 1932 shipping season. After the canal closed, the State of New Jersey took it over and rehabilitated it to serve as a water supply system – a purpose it still serves today.
Delaware and Raritan Canal
Raritan River picture taken from the path between the Canal and River
In summers I bring my kayak here and paddle for several miles among the turtles, swans, geese and occasional beavers. Dense cover of trees make this canal look like a green tunnel over the silvery water.
The trail scenery and terrain really vary along the way because path covers about 50 miles. Segment around Princeton is totally different than New Brunswick area where I live.
Delaware and Raritan Canal
Raritan River
The dirt path surface is lined with fine crushed stone dirt, very easy to ride on cycles. Canal is raised from the river level and path is further raised in between the river and canal, it offers great experience to be around the water under the lush green woods. Water is crystal clear and fishes and aquatic life can be seen with total clarity all over. .
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Poison Ivy grows all over the Canal area. This plant is considered as public’s enemy number one. Extremely toxic. Just one touch with this plant may give several prolonged problems. In all parks this plant is kept under control but still it is very invasive and spread all over. This plant is most beautiful and most toxic in the autumn season.
Rhus Tox. in India:
This vine is also found in Himalayas and is less toxic in subtropics. Once I met a man near Kotagiri with severe eczema. This plant was growing all over near his village in Honnatea estate. I told him to stay away from this plant. I met him after 2 years and he said after I told him about this plant, then he himself observed that this plant was the culprit behind his never ending miseries. I recommended to potentize this plant as his medicine and he is now almost cured. Once a while he comes in contact with this plant accidentally and his eczema again surfaces.
Same thing I have observed in Himalayas in India. People are not aware about the evils of this plant. I saw it growing and spreading on a huge tree in an upscale cafe in McLeod Ganj. Lady who owns the cafe had severe eczema.
This is a parasitic vine and clings to the trees and spreads all over the trees.
Rhus Toxicodendron makes one of the most greatest and most potent homeopathy remedy.
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Poison Ivy in Canal area
RHUS TOXICODENDRON
Poison-ivy
The effects on the skin, rheumatic pains, mucous membrane affections, and a typhoid type of fever, make this remedy frequently indicated. Rhus affects fibrous tissue markedly-joints, tendons, sheaths-aponeurosis, etc, producing pains and stiffness. Post-operative complications. Tearing asunder pains. Motion always “limbers up” the Rhus patient, and hence he feels better for a time from a change of position. Ailments from strains, overlifting, getting wet while perspiring. Septic conditions. Cellulitis and infections, carbuncles in early stages (Echinac). Rheumatism in the cold season. Septicæmia.
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Skunk Cabbage
Pothos or Skunk Cabbage grows all over the Canal area
From: http://www.vithoulkas.com/en/books-study/online-materia-medica/3745.html
POTHOS FOETIDUS
(ictod)
(Skunk-cabbage-Ictodes) For asthmatic complaints; worse from inhaling any dust. HYSTERIA. Erratic spasmodic pains. “Will-o’-the-wisp” like character of its subjective symptoms and its physometric property are special features. (Samuel Jones.) INFLATION AND TENSION IN THE ABDOMEN. Millar’s asthma.
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Beaver in Canal area
Castoreum is the exudate from the castor sacs of the mature North American Beaver. It is the yellowish secretion of the castor sac in combination with the beaver’s urine, used during scent marking of territory. Both male and female beavers possess a pair of castor sacs and a pair of anal glands located in two cavities under the skin between the pelvis and the base of the tail.
A DICTIONARY OF PRACTICAL
MATERIA MEDICA
By John Henry CLARKE, M.D.
Presented by Médi-T ®
Castoreum.
The Beaver. N. O. Rodentia. Tincture of secretion, found in preputial sacs of beaver.
Clinical.─Chorea. Convulsions. Digestion, disordered. Dysmenorrhœa. Eclampsia. Flatulence. Hernia. Hysteria. Ileus. Paralysis. Pregnancy, vomiting of. Reaction, deficient. Sexual organs, inflammation of; spasms of. Sycosis. Tetanus. Typhoid, lack of recuperation after. Typhus. Warts. Yawning.

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