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August 2, 2017

Oldman’s Creek Preserve – Swedesboro, NJ

Oldman’s Creek Preserve – Swedesboro, Gloucester County, NJ Distance – 2 miles total (includes backtracking… oh so much backtracking) Type – Series of out-and-backs Difficulty: 2  of 10 – few muddy spots to navigate

Website – Oldman’s Creek Preserve Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Forest and some swamp Surface – Pavement to dirt pack to mud to grass

Trailheads –  39°42’52.17″N,  75°21’54.26″W

Sign at trailhead.

Trail starts next to sign.

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August 2, 2017

Voyageurs National Park – International Falls, Minnesota

Voyageurs National Park Website – https://www.nps.gov/voya/index.htm International Falls, Minnesota

This summer, our big adventure was having a new baby.  But LAST summer we took a month-long road trip out to Montana.

Our destination for Day #4 was Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota, way up on the border with Canada, and our first new “National Park” National Park for this trip.

This park is mostly water, but we decided to start out with a hike on Lake Kabetogama.  The hike starts just around the corner from the Ash River Visitors Center and was three miles.

 

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July 23, 2017

Washington Crossing State Park – Hopewell Township, NJ

Washington Crossing State Park – Hopewell Township, Mercer County, NJ Distance – 14  miles of trail total, including a 2 mile bike trail and a 2.2 mile horse trail.  We did 3.2 miles of trails Type – Web of trails Difficulty: 2 of 10 – some small hills to contend with Admission – Small fee per car on weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day (2017 – $5 in state, $7 for out-of-state)

Website – Washington Crossing State Park – DEP Open – 8 AM to 8 PM

Terrain – Woods, swamps, riverside, and fields Surface – Various, from paved to dirt to grass

Trailheads –  40°18’7.94″N,  [...]

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July 23, 2017

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Porter, Indiana

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Porter, Indiana Website – https://www.nps.gov/indu/index.htm Address – 1215 North Indiana State Road 49, Porter, IN 46304

This summer, our big adventure was having a new baby.  But LAST summer we took a month-long road trip out to Montana.

On day #2, we stopped at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.  Sadly, we only had a few hours to spend here, so we opted to poke through the Visitors Center, and then drive a few miles to the Dune Succession Trail.  It was a good call.

When I think dune, I think Jersey shore “maybe as tall as I am” dune.  These were “mountain of sand next to Lake [...]

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