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February 9, 2024

My book is here!!!

Almost 11 years ago, I set out to write a book on hiking trails in South Jersey. Three days later, I gave up. Because writing a book is hard. So I started a blog.

Almost two years ago, I was approached by Priscilla Estes to co-author a second edition of her book for the Appalachian Mountain Club, The AMC’s Best Day Hikes in New Jersey.

And now it’s out!

You can order it from the Appalachian Mountain Club. You can buy it online at the normal places. I’ll be selling copies at Lines on the Pines in March.

But consider going to your local book shop and ordering [...]

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February 7, 2024

Big news!

She won’t be taking any long hikes soon, but welcome to our new little girl! Her five brothers are excited!


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January 5, 2024

Ole’s Dude Ranch/Sally Starr’s Ranch/The Ponderosa – Voorhees, NJ

Photo courtesy of the Larsen family.

A dude ranch in Voorhees, NJ that could feed 1,000 people in its restaurant?  That saw legendary musical acts from Lefty Frizell to Buck Owens to Bill Haley to children’s hero “Our Gal Sal” Sally Starr? That once saw an unarmed WWII vet chase of five armed robbers?

Ole’s Dude Ranch.  Twin Lakes Lodge.  Sally Starr’s Ranch.  The Ponderosa.  The place went by many names.

Now there’s an updated article about it chock full of photos and memories.

Full article here!

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January 1, 2024

Riverton Nature Trail – Riverton, NJ

Riverton Nature Trail – Riverton , Burlington County, NJ Distance – 0.36 miles total (out and back on the out-and-back).  Can be extended on the paved path around Riverton Memorial Park. Type – out-and-back Difficulty:  3 of 10

Website – Riverton Parks and Recreation Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Marsh and woods Surface – Dirt and gravel

Trailheads – N 40° 00.595 W 075° 00.354

Directions – 8th Street near intersection with Cedar St, Riverton, NJ

Parking – Small lot for maybe 6-8 cars

Dog friendly? Probably not Stroller friendly? No Benches? None on trail, but nice one just past the [...]

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