Grounds for Sculpture – Hamilton, NJ

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Grounds for Sculpture– Hamilton, Mercer County, NJ
Difficulty: 1 of 10
Total score: 9 of 10

Website –www.groundsforsculpture.org/
Admission – $15 per adult, Seniors $12, $10 for students, Free for the 5 and under crowd. (Rates as of January 2016)
Admission cheat code – most of the libraries in the state have passes for here that you can check out. They are VERY popular in nice weather, but if you’re dumb and go in the winter like us, they are readily available.  Can only hold onto them for three days (at least in Camden County).
Open – Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 PM. Closed some holidays
Directions – 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton Township, NJ 08619

Notes – No dogs, no outside food.  Food available at the main building.

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Cherry Valley Trails – Cherry Hill, NJ

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Cherry Valley Trail – Cherry Hill, Camden County, NJ
Distance: Between 0.75 miles and 0.9 miles
Type: Lollipop with two loops
Difficulty: 1 of 10.
Total score: 6 of 10.

Awesome group of people who post maps and maintain trails: Cherry Hill Trail Crew

Terrain – Stream, forest.

Map –  available here

Trailheads – Briar Lane in Cherry Hill, NJ

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Introducing the South Jersey Trails interactive map!

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It took a long while to get this sorted, but all my hikes (100+ of them), canoe trips, and in-state backpacking trips (Including the Batona Trail broken down by day), and sites of interest are now on one big, friendly Google map. This should make it WAY easy to see exactly what hiking trails are in your area!

For the full size map, click here

 

 

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Viking Trail – Voorhees, NJ

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Viking Trail – Voorhees, Camden County, NJ
Distance – 0.33 miles (one way).  About 0.8 of a mile total round trip with the walk out on the adjoining Stafford Trail.
Type – Out-and-back
Difficulty: 4 of 10
Total score: 3 of 10

Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Forest

Trailheads – Behind the middle school –  39°51’38.38″N,  74°57’54.42″W
Off Stafford Trail (very approximate) –  39°51’36.80″N,  74°58’5.94″W

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Lumberton New Jersey’s Nike Missile Battery PH23/25

I don’t reblog often, but a buddy sent this to me today, and it’s really awesome. Drove by here a bunch of times and even snapped some pictures from outside the fence, but these do an amazing job of capturing the last remains of a passed moment in South Jersey history…

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Honoring and Preserving a Cold War Legacy

When passing through the idyllic and peaceful countryside around Lumberton, New Jersey, one would never expect to come across a fearsome relic of the Cold War. Yet, until recently, just outside of town, were the remains of a Nike missile battery built in 1956 and designated with the catchy name name PH-23/25.

In the 1950’s and 60’s the army built these batteries around major major cities armed with Nike surface-to-air missiles to defend them against Soviet bombers. The name PH23/25 meant that it intended to defend Philadelphia (PH). The numbers indicated that it was a double battery which functioned as two separate missile bases in one place.*

As military technology advanced, these Nike missile batteries became obsolete and most were torn down. This one survived after it was decommissioned in 1974 because it was adapted for other uses.

I’ve lived near this battery for over 30 years and always meant to photograph it one day. That…

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Carusi Arbor Trail – Cherry Hill, NJ

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Carusi Nature Trail – Cherry Hill, Camden County, NJ
Distance – 0.2 miles (serious)
Type – Loop
Difficulty:  1 of 10
Total score: 3 of 10

Website – Cherry Hill TrailsCherry Hill Trails
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Flat patch of woods

Trailheads – 39°56’2.09″N, 75° 0’2.52″W

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Looking for Skywalker… in Ireland (a trip to Skellig Michael)

Like the vast majority of America, I went out and saw the new Stars Wars movie recently.  My favorite part of the movie had nothing to do with the fighting or the actors or the special effects.  It had to do with the final, and arguably most spectacular, filming location, the one used at the very end of the movie.  Anyone who has seen the movie knows what I’m talking about.

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Oddly enough, his name is also Ray.

Other than the flying vehicle and the landing area, none of that scenery was CGI.  How do I know?  Because I’ve been there, and it is just as spectacular as it looks.  The scene was filmed on a little island in the story North Atlantic, 9 miles from the west coast of Ireland, a place called Skellig Michael (or Sceilig Mhichíl in the Irish).  It’s one of the most spectacular, breath taking, jaw dropping locations I’ve ever had the pleasure of setting eyes upon.

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