Clipped From Asbury Park Press
Tom Mangum, Toms River, fates his air mattress during ng trip on the Wading River NFL Divisions Settling Down By The Associated Prs For the most part, the National Football League's divisional races seem to be settling down as expected. The most notable exception, of course, is the National Conference East, where Washington's amazing Redskins, the only team still without a setback, leads the surprising New York Giants and the equally surprised Dallas Cowboys. v The usual four way rumble is underway in the Central Division while San Francisco has taken a slim lead over the rest of the West. In the American Conference, Oakland and Kansas City have entered their annual two-way struggle for leadership of the West, Cleveland and Pittsburgh lead the Central and Baltimore has a slight edge over Miami in the East. ' And it appears unlikely there will be any major changes as a result of this weekend's action. The 'Skins will try to cement their hold on the NFC East as they go for victory ; No. 4 in their home opener against Houston today. And in ' tomorrow night's nationally televised (ABC, 9 p.m., EDT) game, the Cowboys will be aiming to stay on Washington's trail by defeating the ; visiting Giants. ' Today's other games have Baltimore at Buffalo, Oakland at Denver, Green Bay at Detroit, Los Angeles at San j; lit n tea I 1 f..TNfl ona of the trip 'leaders. In- last week's overnight camp- in Wharton State Forest. (Press Photo) the New York Jets at New England, Pittsburgh at Cleveland, St. Louis at Atlanta and San Diego at Kansas City. The Colts have given up only 17 points, fewest in the league, while the Bills have allowed 97, second only to Philadelphia. And Norm Bulaich is due to rejoin the Baltimore running corps. Daryle Lamonica has hit his stride for the Raiders, but they're still most potent in the AFC on the ground. The Broncos are second best in the conference on defense. . It'll be the irresistible force against the immovable object in Detroit as the Packers, with the best rushing game in the NFC, slam into the Lions' top NFC ground defense. The 49ers open their new home, Candlestick Park, against the arch-rival Rams, who beat them 23-20 in preseason play. The teams are tied for second in the NFC in rushing. ' Ken Anderson will probably start for the Bengals in place of stellar quarterback Virgil Carter, who suffered a shoulder separation against Green Bay. Miami has the AFC's No. 2 pass receiver in Paul Warfield but Cincinnati's Eric Crabtree is a close No. 3. The Vikings are No. 1 in NFC defense and the Eagles are last. But Philadelphia has virtually no attack either while Minnesota has the sec ond-best receiver . . in Bob Grim. ., ' l.V:.r t jfL & M ' f.Mlrf There is something of a traffic jam at the landing site as CAMPING Boy Scout Canoe By JOAN and BILL MEYER AT ABOUT 7:30 last Saturday morning, the weekend seemed like a good one to stay in a dry house and repair equipment. But instead, this writer and his son found themselves driving through a pouring rain to join 156 other Boy Scouts and leaders to take part in what turned out to be a really great camping trip. Plans had been made many weeks in advance, and most of the scouts had arranged to rent canoes so little short of a full-fledged Hurricane Ginger could call a halt to our overnight canoe trip down the Wading River, through Wharton State Forest. By a stroke of good fortune, the rain stopped just as we arrived at the starting point a narrow bridge over the creek on Rt. 563, at Speedwell, about two miles south of Chatsworth. WE DROPPED off the canoes and camping gear, and drove most of the cars to where the trip would end, Beaver Branch campsite, off Rt. 563, near the deserted village of Harrisville. Then, it was back to the starting point to put the V" .2rN 3? canoes in the water at about 10 a.m. Saturday's journey proved to be full of surprises. As soon as we got on the stream, we found ourselves cruising through little chutes, formed by logs beneath the surface of the water. Though the river was narrow during this first half of the cruise, the stream was fast moving, and there was always plenty of water to float the little fiberglass craft. At many points along the stream, pilings still remained in the water where bridges formerly connected the many sand roads that cut through these pine and cedar forests. Where these pilings were just beneath the surface, it sometimes took a sharp-eyed bow man to spot them. More than one canoe learned about these obstructions the hard way when the pilings were struck, and kids and gear alike went into the drink. AT ABOUT 1 P.M., we stopped for a fast trail lunch near Hawkin Bridge, a state campsite accessible overland, via the sand roads. By 2 o'clock, we had picked out a wilderness site for our overnight camp. During this first day's A 4 Scouts prepare to set up overnight camp. (Press Photo) Trip Memorable cruise, we saw absolutely no sign of civilization, except at the Hawkin Bridge site and little there. Yet in spite of the primitive condition of the river, it was never necessary to get out of the canoe to drag it over blowdowns a pleasure for which we have the organized canoe clubs to thank. Though there are two developed campsites along the stream, the practice of most canoeists is to simply pick out a decent landing, and setup camp on a patch of high ground bordering the river. By about 9:30 Sunday morning, we had broken camp, restored the site to its original condition, and were back in the canoes. AS MANY FEEDER streams entered from the sides, the river became much wider for this second part of the trip though the many sand and gravel bars kept it so shallow that it was often difficult to get a real bite on the water with the paddle. Civilization made its presence known during this part of the trip, as we passed a large cranberry bog, the state campground at Godfrey's Bridge, and the bridge on the , , - f 7 2C 4 road between Jenkins and Green Bank. From this point to the end of the trip, the river was more open, and we were much more subject to the east wind which picked up during the morning. By noontime, we had reached the end of the cruise, just above the tidal part of the river. ALL TOLD, there were 65 canoes in our party, carrying nine units of Ocean County's Southern Cross District. The trip was led by Teje Brenner, camp chief, and Tom Mangum, chairman of the district camping and activities committee. With its chutes, hairpin turns, and sunken obstructions, the Wading River offers a challenging but pleasant overnight canoe trip for boys' and girls' groups, as well as the many family campers who take the cruise and enjoy camping in real wilderness conditions. Last weekend, the leaves along the banks were just starting to turn color the next couple of weeks will be ideal for camping trips on this wonderful and , wild South Jersey stream. a "