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February 15, 2021

Book Review – Hal Taylor’s Artifacts: An Illustrated Treasury of Delaware Valley History

Artifacts: An Illustrated Treasury of Delaware Valley History Written and Illustrated by Hal Taylor Published by Hal Taylor, 2020 pg 241 https://www.haltaylorillustration.com/

Remember that time we went to New Castle (not in South Jersey) with Hal Taylor?  He wrote that book that we loved about the early settlement of the Delaware Valley, a book way more entertaining and exciting than I thought a book about the early settlement of the Delaware Valley could ever be?  There was tons of history, PANTSLOADS of history (sorry, been reading Dragons Love Tacos too many times).

Hal’s the one on the right.

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February 10, 2021

New Jersey’s Lost Piney Culture by William J. Lewis

Because I have ADD, I like to do an occassional book review to go along with all the hiking, backpacking, canoeing, camping, history, and national park write ups (along with other assorted nonsense) that I do for this esteemed website.  Today’s book is William J. Lewis’s New Jersey’s Lost Piney Culture, which came out last month.  I’m not particularly good at writing reviews, so in case it wasn’t clear in the review below – I really enjoyed this book!

New Jersey’s Lost Piney Culture by William J Lewis The History Press – 2021 141 pages

First time author William Lewis decided to tackle the question – what is a [...]

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May 4, 2019

Book Review – AMC’s Best Day Hikes in New Jersey (2019)

AMC’s Best Day Hikes in New Jersey: Four-Season Guide to 50 of the Best Trails in the Garden State, From the Skylands to the Shore by Priscilla Estes 294 pages Appalachian Mountain Club Books, Boston, MA – 2019

So I decided that I’d start actually reading some of the many New Jersey hike books (which generally upset me by ignoring South Jersey… hence, this blog exists) and seeing what I like and hate about them, just in case I totally loose my mind and actually write a book one day…

AMC’s Best Day Hikes in New Jersey by Priscilla Estes is the second one up, because she was nice enough to send me a copy with a nice little note in it.

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July 31, 2017

Review – 30 Walks in New Jersey by Dann and Miller

30 Walks in New Jersey by Kevin Dann and Gordon Miller 243 pages Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, NJ – 1992 Note: Updated and expanded version of 25 Walks in New Jersey, 1982

So I decided that I’d start actually reading some of the many New Jersey hike books (which generally upset me by ignoring South Jersey… hence, this blog exists) and seeing what I like and hate about them, just in case I totally loose my mind and actually write a book one day…

30 Walks in New Jersey by Kevin Dann and Gordon Miller is the first one up, because I saw it in the library when I was there the other week, so I picked it up to read.

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