…and Into NY

Farewell to NJ

The 73 miles of AT Trail in New Jersey seemed to pass by rather quickly.  I enjoyed the diversity of its landscape and fauna. Prior to the trail turning into New York, it runs for quite a few miles along the NJ/NY border, and passes the Wallkill National Wildlife Refuge. This is a large marsh and differs from most of the trail which runs along, up and down mountain ridges.

Day 37 – Mosey’s Place to Pochuk Mountain Shelter (14 miles)

Day 38 – Pochuk Mountain Shelter to Greenwood Lake (22 miles)

Day 39- Greenwood Lake to Fingerboard Shelter (16 miles)

Day 40 – Fingerboard Shelter to Bear Mountain State Park (18 miles)

I love New York

On Day 39 I entered NY, leaving NJ behind. New York has some tough trails, but they also had some.. Trail Magic!

These Trail Angels were providing hot dogs, hamburgers, pancakes, anything you can imagine to drink, medical supplies, and postcards home. They were thru-hikers in 2018, so knew what everybody needed.

The trail magic was very timely because we were soon to encounter some trail sections known as Agony Grind and the Lemon Squeezer. Guess which one this is…

… Learn Something New

How many times have you been watching a nature show and saw dung beetles on some far-off desert rolling poo around the sand?  Well, look at what I came across in the middle of the trail…

Yes, dung beetles have made a claim on the poo in the middle of the rock that I had previously written about. Apparently, we have these helpful insects in North america.

And, can someone help me identify this landmark, I came across at the top of a hill?  I think this is in NJ.

And Now The Vistas

Next up… my first bear.

Thanks for listening.


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Comments 3

  • Jerico : Jun 2nd

    That’s the High Point Monument, which I couls see from my upper deck when I lived up there. According to NJ State Parks, it commemorates veterans of all wars. The dedication reads “To The Glory and Honor and Eternal Memory of New Jersey’s heroes by land, sea, and air, in all wars of our Country.”

    The view from the highest point in New Jersey, at 1,803 feet above sea level, is a spectacular panorama of three states; New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

  • thetentman : Jun 3rd

    High Point. The big brass doors were stolen about 20 years ago.

  • Jess : Jun 3rd

    The tower in NJ is High Point. Didn’t realize we had dung beetles here!


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