Dispatches: Take A Hike
One of the things I try to do with my photography is to show people that New Jersey isn’t all highways, turnpikes and refineries.
From the cities to the shore, there is a lot of beautiful areas in the Great State of New Jersey. We have an extensive sytems of state parks, lakes, streams, woods and, of course, beaches all over the state.
One of those is just a couple of miles from my house, Clayton Park. Early last month, when my wife and little girl were in Florida, I took the boys over there for a hike.
I had mountain-biked at Clayton Park a few years ago, when I was less knowledgable about Upper Monmouth County. It was a good ride, I remember, but just never made it back there. Going back, I was quite impressed with it.
Some evidence of Hurricane Sandy was still evident, but overall the trail system was in great shape. Nice and wide, easy to walk along, especially for little feet. Horseback riding and mountain biking would be a breeze there.
The Monmouth County Parks system, and the people that frequent it, are doing a very nice job keeping this an inviting, leaf-shaded oasis. Just the type of place to take the kids, walk the dogs, or amble around on your favorite non-motorized two-wheeled or four-legged means of transportation.
I would have liked to have spent more time there, but the littest Krajnak – Matty – was getting a little cranky. So, we had to light out. Still, it was a good time. Also reinforced to me all the beautiful areas this state has to offer. We’ll be back.
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