Historic Smithville Park, Mount Holly, NJ

For Margarita’s 10th birthday, she hiked at Historic Smithville Park with brother Porter and Cousin Clyde!

Limoncello hiked here on January 2013:

3.8 mile hike in Historic Smithville Park

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Blueberry Hill Conservation Area; Gibbsboro, NJ

Margarita and Porter went on this hike with their fur-cousin, Clyde.

Blueberry Hill Conservation Area consists of 134 acres of wooded area in Gibbsboro, NJ. It features both paved and unpaved trails that are suitable for hiking or biking.

At 192 feet, Blueberry Hill is one of the highest elevations in Southern New Jersey.

From the top of the hill on a clear day you can see the Philadelphia skyline off in the distance.

The Philadelphia Skyline is just beyond the treetops

There is also a great view of a quarry at the top of another hill.

Margarita checkin out the views from the top of the hill as we approached the quarry:

A section of the quarry:

Porter and Clyde stop for a play-break:

Cousin Clyde is so handsome:

We enjoyed this adventure at yet another hidden gem we never knew existed in our area!

Parvin State Park: Pittsgrove Township, NJ

This 1,952 acre state park is located on the edge of the NJ Pine Barrens.

This park has some pretty cool history. This park served as home for the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1933 to 1941, a summer camp for the children of displaced Japanese Americans in 1943, a POW camp for German prisoners in 1944 and temporary housing for the Kalmycks who fled their homelands in Eastern Europe in 1952.

The park was purchased in 1930 for use as a state park. The remains of Native American encampments have been found in five different locations within the park.

We hiked the Parvin Lake Trail, which is 3 miles long.

Cheers to another great hike!

Amico Island Park: Riverside, NJ

Amico Island Park is a 55-acre peninsula in Riverside, NJ. This park features upland forests, freshwater ponds , wetlands, river shoreline and meadows at the confluence of the Rancocas Creek and Delaware River.

There were several entrances to the beach and Delaware River:

Confluence of the Delaware River and Rancocas Creek:

Great view of the Philadelphia Skyline too:

Beautiful views of the Riverside Marina:

Tall Pines Nature Preserve: Sewell, NJ

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Whiskey and Porter got to meet their adorable new cousin, Clyde! These 3 canine cousins enjoyed a great hike at Tall Pines State Preserve !

Rancocas State Park: Hainesport, NJ

Whiskey and Porter took their first hike together at Rancocas State Park in Hainesport, NJ.

We walked the Creekside Trail (blue trail) which was 3 miles

A lot of the hike was alongside the Rancocas Creek

Abandoned log cabins by the Rancocas Creek

Porter was not fond of the muddy spots so Brian had to carry him!

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” ~John Muir

Black Run Preserve: Marlton, NJ

Porter went on his first hike in Black Run Preserve.

The Black Run Preserve is 1,300 acres of permanently preserved land in Evesham Township. A teacher that I used to work with retired in 2012 and helped found the Friends of the Black Run Preserve volunteer organization.  Their mission is to preserve and protect the unique natural beauty and Pine Barrens ecology.

Franklin Parker Preserve: Chatsworth, NJ

January 1, 2019 was unseasonably warm here, so Margarita kicked off 2019 with a 6.5 mile hike at Franklin Parker Preserve , a 16 square mile former cranberry farm located in the heart of the New Jersey Pine Barrens.

We had never hiked here before, and were surprised throughout our hike with so many exciting things!

First, we came across a suspension bridge to cross.

The forest trails were gorgeous.

We came across random huge Adirondack chairs to take a rest along our path!  Next time we will have to plan to stop and eat lunch here!

 

There was even an abandoned railroad.

The old cranberry bogs were mesmerizing, especially as the sun began to set.

There was a flooded area and Margarita refused to go through the running water, so I had to carry her.

 

This is a hike we will definitely be doing again with some of our other pups!

 

 

 

Whiskey’s First Hike: Estell Manor Park; Mays Landing, NJ

For Whiskey’s first birthday, we kicked-off the weekend by taking her on a solo adventure. Whiskey is not able to do difficult hikes or long walks due to her shoulder issue, so we took her on a mini-hike at Estell Manor Park in South Jersey.

This area was owned by the Estell family and was the site of a glassworks company in the 1800’s.

This land then became the home of a munitions plant during World War I. Click HERE to read more.

Whiskey explored the ruins of Bethlehem Loading Company from 1918 – a WWl Munitions complex.

The park had a nice boardwalk throughout the forrest.

This park really had some beautiful pathways!

Whiskey inspected the river rocks in South River.

What a gorgeous park with wonderful views of South River!

Nolde Forest State Park, Reading, PA

While camping at Eagles Peak Campground, we decided to do a local hike.

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We ended up at Nolde Forest State Park  – a gorgeous sate park with more than 665 acres of beautiful woodlands.

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What a beautiful place to hike! This area was acquired by Jacob Nolde  in the early 1900s.  As the story goes, a single white pine grew in a meadow. Inspired by this tree, Jacob Nolde hired an Austrian forester to create a coniferous forest. As the trees grew, they formed a this magnificent forest!

There was a pretty stream running through most of our hike.

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Cello and Hooch were excited to be on this adventure!

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Throughout the hike, there were many unique stone bridges and lined walkways.DSC06203

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This was  Hooch’s first Pennsylvania hike – and first hike in the warmer weather.  He was getting tired quickly, and began to stop in the shady areas for a breather!

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At one point, in usual Hooch fashion, he decided he was “DONE!” unnamed

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At the end of the hike, we were rewarded with the beauty of an early 1920’s mansion.  In 1926, Hans Nolde, a son of Jacob, began work on the Tudor-style mansion that sits on the property.  Today, visitors can tour the grounds as well as the inside of this mansion.

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Pennsylvania purchased the property in the late 1960s , and in 1970, Nolde Forest was established as the first environmental education center operated by the Bureau of State Parks.  Now operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources,  and Bureau of State Parks, the park provides a wide variety of programs for students, teachers, and adult groups. Teaching stations offer places for students to work, and benches for those who wish to sit and enjoy nature.

TurboPUP Ambassadors

As some of you may have noticed, we now have a TurboPUP badge on the home page of our blog.

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Limoncello and Hooch are VERY proud to announce that they have been chosen to be ambassadors for TurboPUP (as seen on Shark Tank!!) 

Click HERE to see Shark Tank episode – start at the 21:30 mark.

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TurboPUP was founded by Kristina Guerrero (who’s nicknamed “Turbo”). In 2011, Kristina was on a back-country ski trip, and found her self without sufficient food for herself, and her rescued pup, Dunkan.  Kristina created a complete meal bar for dogs, packed with nutritious calories from 100% American sourced, grain free, all natural, human grade ingredients.  Some ingredients are organic as well! Check out TurboPUP’s products and place your order by clicking HERE  or click HERE to see a list of retailers that already carry TurboPUP!

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Not only are these meal bars packed with quality ingredients and calories for your pup, but 5% of the profits are donated to causes in support of dogs and Veterans!

Cello and Hooch are now a part of the TurboPup team, representing TurboPUP , and promoting the company’s products during all of their dock diving, camping, and hiking adventures!  They will soon be on TurboPUPs website, and will be featured periodically on TurboPUP’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

Cello and Hooch were featured along with TurboPUP in the GSP Rescue of NJ’s newsletter, as well as on Barking from the Bayou’s BFTB NETWoof News!

GSP Rescue of NJ Newsletter:  

Click HERE to read the entire newsletter.

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…and click HERE to see Cello and Hooch featured in the Sports section of Barking From the Bayou’s Monday news post!

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 If you like to go on adventures with your four-legged family members like we do, TurboPUP is an easy, compact, and healthy way to fuel your on-the-go pup!

Find out more HERE!