New Jersey Photo Album

Re: New Jersey Photo Album

PostBy: Richard S. On: Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:22 pm

Jersey John wrote:Last Winter my son and I backpacked a couple of weekends as a shakedown for his imminent hike on the Appalachian Trail starting in Georgia at the end of January..


Tell him to be careful sitting around the fire with that folding ridgerest if it's folded, if it gets a little too warm it's permanently folded on the exposed edges. Then you have to heat it up to unfold it and it's permanently unfolded. I know this because a errrrr friend did it. Yeah that's it, a friend.
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Re: New Jersey Photo Album

PostBy: Jersey John On: Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:51 pm

Good advice Richard...

In his case, he completed the trail with all gear in check. Actually, his Osprey backpack ripped at the waist band and one of the shoulder straps, and Osprey sent a new one for exchange to an EMS store somewhere in Massachusetts...very cool warranty! And his cheap boots which he insisted on wearing were sent back after he got into Virginia...at which time he also hiked barefoot or in Crocs...not my style of support!

As for one of the sections of the Appalachian Trail I mentioned to check out...in Vernon Township is the section I personally maintain through lots of grass that needs a power brush cutter to keep in check, and then there is an additional 12 miles I supervise to make sure it's being maintained...some photos included of my section and the hike up "Stairway to Heaven" at Route 94 North in Vernon towards Barrett Road.
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AT Section from Canal Rd to Rt. 94 BEFORE maintaining
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AT Section AFTER maintaining
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Bridge across small creek
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View to "Stairway to Heaven" Waywanda Mountain north of Route 94
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Rocky hike up Wawayanda Mountain, Vernon Twp. NJ
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Easy to follow...the AT While Blaze...all the way to Maine
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Awesome view on Wawayanda Mountain
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Appalachian Trail Register at top
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Re: New Jersey Photo Album

PostBy: Jersey John On: Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:17 am

Thought it a good time to share a little winter wonder....

This is the view out my back door..early after a snowfall at my home in Jefferson Township. It's the beautiful lake and mountain behind that sometimes messes with my draft, causing the fire to falter if I don't tend to it soon enough..Sometimes, difficult to start up, I've become more knowledgeable to the nuances of managing that chore...and thankful that a simple wood fire is the answer.

That photo was taken a few months ago...the lake is more or less covered in snow, and almost frozen all the time. Due to the fact that the lake is a small section of the Rockaway River dammed many years ago, it rarely freezes solid...so, no ice fishing and no ice skating. Fine with me, as I simply love my view of it.
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Re: New Jersey Photo Album

PostBy: freetown fred On: Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:34 am

Real purty jj. I guess this means that neither you or me won't be inclined to move into the city any time soon! :clap: toothy
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Re: New Jersey Photo Album

PostBy: Jersey John On: Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:42 am

freetown fred wrote:Real purty jj. I guess this means that neither you or me won't be inclined to move into the city any time soon! :clap: toothy


That is a resounding AFFIRMATIVE!

During all of my habitats, I've managed to not have a neighbor directly behind me...but never a lake and mountain. Even though it's just a small pond, there are no other houses to look at, and more often my biggest challenge is dousing my garbage with a 1/2 container of ammonia to keep the bears out of it. I can deal with that!

Cities are for industry and employment...though as a scholastic sales representative for 27 years, I was happy enough to only have to service city schools on occasion. Looks like you got quite a nice spread of country in that photo as well.
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Re: New Jersey Photo Album

PostBy: NJJoe On: Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:57 am

Just found this thread now. I grew up in NJ and have lived in New England now for the last 5 years. I lived primarily in Bergen county and knew only urban and suburban sprawl my entre life until I started hiking and exploring the northwestern parts of the state, vernon area and delaware water gap. This thread has made me a little homesick :cry: Thanks for all the posts here
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Re: New Jersey Photo Album

PostBy: freetown fred On: Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:30 am

I hear all that. Sunfish Pond will always be one of my favorite memories back in the early 70's :)
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Re: New Jersey Photo Album

PostBy: VigIIPeaBurner On: Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:06 pm

freetown fred wrote:I hear all that. Sunfish Pond will always be one of my favorite memories back in the early 70's :)


One of mine too. . .
    If I remember correctly :)

Here's the view up the hill behind the house from a few years back. Caught the early morning light after a light evening snow. Just this morning, the local white tail heard were bedded down in the small hollow behind the shed. They looked like the rest of the boulders sticking thru the snow except for their ears.


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Re: New Jersey Photo Album

PostBy: VigIIPeaBurner On: Thu Jun 19, 2014 6:33 am

Took this with the wife's cell phone last night from the same viewpoint as the panorama earlier in this thread. Locally it's called Sunset Point. At the Summer Solstice the sun sets directly between the two sides of the Delaware Water Gap; Mt Tammany to the north and Mt Minsi to the south. This was last night, June 18th, we're getting close!
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