OK. So it wasn’t my actual backyard. No tour needed there. Walk out the door and you see the whole thing. It’s a tiny yard but I love it and I’m grateful for it because I love to be outside. Lucky for me, there are lots of parks with hiking and biking trails and plenty of space for stretching out and exploring that are super close to home and feel just like part of my neighborhood. Even luckier for me, my pal, Jenna, knows some of these trails like the back of her hand and way back in July, when it was summer play time, Jenna gave me a personal tour of Washington Crossing State Park. Here’s the trail map:
You can click it to see some details or I’ll just tell you a little bit about it. There are about ten trails that crisscross and loop around each other. There are horse trails and hiking trails and multi-use trails. Maybe you can mountain bike here? I don’t know. There’s a nature center and camping and picnicking areas. There’s even an outdoor theater where you can see plays and movies under the stars. (I haven’t done that though. Add it to the list? Maybe.) The park’s website says there are over 15 miles of moderate hiking trails in this area. It’s definitely not the biggest park around here. It’s downright small compared to some places I’ve been hiking, but I loved it just the same. Maybe even more. Why? Because it’s home, it’s my backyard and because when you’re out in those woods, it’s not what people expect or think of when they think of New Jersey. Jenna and I talked a lot about traveling as we hiked that day and I got thinking about talking to people about my home when I’m not here. I’ve traveled away to other states, as far away as Alaska, and people have actually cringed when I told them I live here. I blame TV. Now I’m not gonna link to the Jersey Shore show anymore cause I’m sure these ladies aren’t helping much either (even though I completely admit to watching full day marathons!), but I’m just sayin, here’s another way to look at Jersey:Well, anyway that’s some of the stuff I like to look at around here…trees and green. I’ll work on taking some better pictures, that’s #22. You should also know that Jenna led the walk that day and didn’t need that map up there at all and I think we did about half of those trails in some combination, maybe more. She just knew where to turn and connect them, to walk out on the road for a little bit and add an extra mile or two here and swing past the theater there and cleared the trail of logs and debris as we went and then looped back to where we started. I think the total hike was around 7 miles. PS- Jenna RAN that BEFORE she met me for the hike! Jenna, you’re AWESOME! Thanks for the tour! Where we going next?