This blog’s super serious, ultra-dedicated purpose:
1) To seek out those trails in South Jersey that the others guys miss (or hit, we’re not particular), whether it be through a local park or deep in the Pine Barrens where the Jersey Devil steals children (other people’s children, mine are too scary for him). Then, I shall share them so the three people who read this blog can have new places to hike.
2) To accept bribes for completely non-subtle product placement. Bribes are best given in the form of Reese’s Cups or large grants that will pay my rent while I quit my job and backpack the entire Appalachian Trail.
3) To also post about canoeing, history, backpacking occasional trails not quite in South Jersey, national parks, and whatever else I feel like, just confuse people. If you don’t like it, you can fight Larry. Whoever Larry is.
Happy trails (to you)!
Mike, South Jersey Trails
Mike likes hiking (or at least fakes it well for the Internet). He has become more and more obsessed with backpacking over the years after hating it, and somehow ended up with a subscription to Backpacker Magazine at some point, he’s not 100% sure how. He’s also a great canoer, as shown by the fact that he won the Canoeing Feather at YMCA Camp Ockanickon when he was in grade school. Every once in a while, he does something a little nuts like driving cross country for two months or taking his 3 1/2 month old to Ireland for a whole month. In his free time, Mike runs a Boy Scout troop, a Cub Scout Pack, and holds down a job. His goal is for someone to pay him an obscene amount of money to advertise on this blog so that he can thru-hike the Appalachian Trail without having his family starve. Mike likes writing in 3rd person.
An accomplished outdoorswoman, as shown by the fact that she survived a 7 1/2 week cross country road trip (camping 38 nights out of 45) after only camping 2 nights in her life. Also an accomplished babywearer. She likes Pennsylvania better than New Jersey, but we don’t hold that against her.
The Pres is an eight year old obsessed with Teddy Roosevelt, math problems (I assure you, he did not get that from his father), Philly sports, and building with blocks. His favorite park of hiking is looking for birds and turtles. He is by far the most popular part of this blog. Sometimes, I suspect he is the only part of this blog that anyone likes.
At 5 years old, Tree Rider is now powering along up to eight miles at a time under his own steam. He generally likes running down the trails at full steam while yelling. We don’t see many animals anymore.
The terrible twos mean we go out as much as we can so that Kite Flyer goes to sleep at night. His favorite part of hikes is sticks. Just sticks.
The Big Fella!!!
The current bum of the family, INSISTS on being carried while on hikes when he does perfectly well crawling around at home.
Thanks to our brave contributors – James, Marybeth, Roger, Dave and Mary!
Many thanks to those folks who come out hiking and canoeing with me:
and of course the rest of Team Smith, Gallagher, Jeremy, Skunk, Chuck, and my Boy Scout troop.
We’re ALWAYS looking for folks to become contributors to the website (South Jersey hiking or outdoors posts or something remotely related to this site, not looking for articles on nutrition or 8 Great Way to Burn Fat on the Trail), to come hiking with us, or for new trail suggestions!