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  • Writer's pictureTrail Guide Joe

2018 Campout #6

Updated: Oct 1, 2021

The time had come once again for the annual Montauk State Park trout fishing trip! The hope this year, over last year, would be to avoid the crowds of the Rose Holland Derby and actually catch some fish! Although we were able to avoid Rose Holland weekend, we were unable to guarantee good weather. It was cold and it was wet. Unfortunately neither of those makes for great fishing nor a great campout.

To make matters worse, the wood lot would not open until much later in the day leaving us without firewood for warmth unless we ventured into town for firewood, which we did! That, once again, brings up the sound piece of advise I like to call "Be aware of the wildlife!" One of the bundles of wood we purchased apparently had been sitting undisturbed for quite some time. Enough time to allow a western black widow spider to move in, mate, kill the mate, and setup two quite large egg sacks. Talk about creepy. This thing would not leave the egg sacks and made waving motions with it's legs as if to ward us away from them. Too little too late for the spider as it got a dose of fire water and match and that was that. Normally I do not condone the killing of nature however... I do not condone knowingly sleeping near a particularly dangerous spider even more. Sorry spider...

It was also interesting to note that the campground appeared to have been flooded recently. Many of the campsites were buried in sand. Although we didn't get the official story, it was hypothesized that the heavy rain from the weekend before brought the river up substantially. This also left the water murky making the fishing all the more difficult.

Other than the spider scare, the poor fishing again, and the rain (the cold beats the heat every time!), it was yet another successful campout and the 6th of the year! The year is not over yet so there's more to come!

Span of 3 days; Approximately 7 hours and 53 minutes of cumulative driving; Approximately 384.9 miles; Approximately 26.28 gallons of gas used; Approximate average MPG 14.64; Approximately $65.69 spent on gas; Average fuel consumption rate 3.335 gallons per hour.


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