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June 16, 2019

Petty’s Island History Hike – Pennsauken, NJ

Petty’s Island – Future State Park – Pennsauken, Camden County, NJ Distance – 2 1/2  miles total

Official Website – https://nj.gov/dep/njnlt/pettysisland.htm NJ Audubon – https://njaudubon.org/centers/pettys-island-preserve/

*HUGE MASSIVELY IMPORTANT NOTE*

Please note that Petty’s Island is CLOSED to the public at this time!  The only way onto the island is one of the tours run through the New Jersey Audubon Society!  These tours are FREE, but require snagging a free ticket, which tend to go in days, if not hours.  CITGO still owns the property at this time, which is protected by a guard [...]

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April 1, 2019

APRIL FOOLS! – Kent Manderville Preserve – Barrington, NJ

Hope everyone got a chuckle! These pictures are from a six day backpacking trip to Grand Teton National Park in 2012.

Kent Manderville Preserve – Barrington, Camden County, NJ Distance – 6 miles total Type – Loop trail Difficulty:  6 of 10

Website – Kent Manderville Preserve Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Field, swamps, hills Surface – Dirt

Trailheads – 43°59’33.81″N, 102°14’30.03″W

Directions –

Parking – Good sized lot

Dog friendly? Very dog friendly Stroller friendly? Very dog friendly Benches? Yes Facilities?: None

Markings – on [...]

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February 1, 2019

Visiting Henry Charlton Beck – Harleigh Cemetery – Camden, NJ

Grave of Henry Charlton Beck Harleigh Cemetery 1640 Haddon Ave Camden, NJ 08103 GPS Coordinates – 39°55’27.20″N,  75° 5’19.56″W

It started with a slow news day…

“…the foreman of a newspaper composing-room, always ready with ideas for making busy people busier, proposed that an honest effort should be made to locate the town still indicated on maps of New Jersey by the mysterious name of Ong’s Hat,” (Forgotten Towns of Southern New Jersey, 1936)

Henry Charlton Beck, a reporter for the Camden Courier-Post, was the one sent out in an old car down suspect roads with a photographer who could also [...]

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December 31, 2018

Sleeper Branch Trail – Waterford, NJ

Sleeper Branch Trail – Marilyn Beard Trailhead – Wharton State Park – Waterford, Camden County, NJ Distance – Listed at 5.4 miles on the new map, but this DEFINITELY does not include mandatory backtracking.  Actual hike is 8.2 miles total according to the old map and me walking the trail. Type – Lollipop Difficulty:  5 of 10 (puddles, flooding, missing trail markers)

Website – Wharton State Forest Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Woods and swamp Surface – Sand

Trailheads –  39°45’12.40″N,  74°51’50.62″W

Directions – located at the end of the paved section of Burnt Mill Road [...]

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