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March 15, 2021

Favorite Hike in Every County in South Jersey

Well, eight long years ago I started with a dream and a free website.  That dream was to some day ride through the wilds of the West on the back of my loyal cow steed – Lullabell – where I’d foil robberies and find gold.

[Note to editor – insert picture of me riding a cow here]

Anyway, haven’t managed that particular dream yet.  BUT, I have ended up with a website about hiking in South Jersey.  I go out, usually with some number of my four children, and we go on an adventure on a trail in South Jersey.  Then I do a little write up about the trail and put some pictures up.  Occassionally, I even spell words 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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January 1, 2021

Dinosaur Trail – Allaire State Park – Wall Township, NJ

Dinosaur Trail – Allaire State Park – Wall Township, Monmouth County, NJ Distance – 0.75 out and back or 1.2 mile loop Type – Out-and-back or loop, part of a larger web of trails Difficulty: 1 of 10 (out-and-back) or 3 of 10 (loop)

Website – Allaire State Park Website or ExploreAllaire Open – Park closes at 8 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend; 6 p.m. after Labor Day; 4:30 p.m. in November; 6 p.m. in March.

Terrain – Woods with some mountain biking hills Surface – dirt

Trailheads – N 40° 08.030 W 074° 07.335

The easy, direct route goes [...]

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February 18, 2020

Three Hikes for Black History Month

February is Black History Month.  This event began as Negro History Week in 1926, created by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and soon spread around the country via community organizations.  By the late 1960s, fueled by the Civil Rights Movement, this had grown into a full month of events in many areas by the 1960s.  In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized for the national government Black History Month, stating the purpose was to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

In schools and communities across the country, we take this [...]

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