All posts tagged: hiking

The Great Outdoors

Hello, Monday! This weekend Tom and I joined four friends for a camping trip in Worthington State Forest here in NJ. I had little to absolutely no cell service for two nights and it was GLORIOUS. Cold, but glorious. With the news running in my house non-stop last week, a weekend away from it all was welcomed and so so necessary. I spent quite a bit of time planning for the cold on this trip, and I think I did OK! Not going to lie, when I found out when we were going, I almost backed out. I do not like being cold at all, and the thought of sleeping outside in November almost made me run. What I got to get through it was: A two-person sleeping bag for lower temperatures. Ours was rated for 35-45 degrees. It was plenty warm for the weather we had. I also bought an insulated blanket that we kept inside of the sleeping bag which helped a lot. I bought a battery operated air mattress to keep us …

N.J. All Day: Franklin Parker Preserve

I’ve been living in New Jersey for 25 of my 31 years now and I am still finding new places to explore here. I used to be jealous of my friends on the West Coast for having year-round sunshine and exquisite hikes, and while we are all probably Vitamin D deficient on the East Coast, we still have access to a lot of beautiful places. Over the weekend we took a hike with some friends to Franklin Parker Preserve in Chatsworth, NJ. One of the best parts of being in the Pine Barrens is there’s a lot of woods to play in, also the Jersey Devil. Folks down here are extremely proud of Jersey Devil lore, and almost everyone knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who swears they had a run in with it. If you’re unfamiliar, the Pine Barrens is an immense ecosystem of unique sandy, acidic pine forests that covers nearly 25% of the state. It’s one of the three remaining on the East Coast, and NJ is home to the …

Vacation Daydreaming: The Grand Canyon

While I’ve been home, I like looking back on the times I went out in the world. Often, I think about wandering around Home Goods, but I like to think about the trips Tom and I have taken over the last few years. It gives me hope that there is an end to this and it gets me thinking about where I want to go next when this is all over.