Nobody likes to be shocked by explosive noises. Last month scores of people within twenty miles of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst were awakened early on a Sunday morning by heavy artillery fire.
It was one of many weapons drills that occur regularly on the base. People who live nearby can tell you all about it and many have gotten used to it.
To make sure the military and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst personnel are good neighbours, they’ve put together a schedule of when they’ll blow stuff up and at what level.
So, with the calendar showing when recycling is going to be picked up, when bulk garbage day is that month or quarter, and when the kids are going back to school this year, you can also put this calendar for July on your fridge.
Many people in New Jersey get used to the sounds of their neighborhood, whether it’s a nearby train, a local freeway, or traffic on a busy street.
In our corner of the country, you can hear the muscle cars on the local drag strip on a clear night, even though Atco Dragway is ten miles away.
It’s amazing how the sound travels at certain times of the day, but nothing compares to the heavy gunfire of the US military.
So you’ve been warned and thanks for the warning, Uncle Sam.
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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey
A trip to New Jersey doesn’t have to be just the beach. Our state has incredible trails, waterfalls and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to New Jersey’s hidden gems, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it’s a great workout.
If you descend and encounter an uphill hiker, pull to the side and give the uphill hiker some space. An uphill hiker has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless marked as an official trail, avoid them. Going off the trail, you risk damaging the ecosystems around the trail, the plants and wildlife that live there.
You also don’t want to disturb any wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Cyclists must yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also give in to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you’ll encounter on New Jersey trails.
If you plan to take your dog on your hike, they must be on a leash and be sure to clean up all pet waste.
Finally, pay attention to the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it’s probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions on the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions: