On March 12, 2023 Lager did a very special hike in honor of K9 Veterans Day with his best gal pal, Ellie.
Veteran’s Park is a 333 acre park built in 1977 in honor of Hamilton, NJ’s veterans. The park offers many walking paths, picnic grounds, and athletic fields. We completed a 4.1 mile hike on mostly paved paths as we explored the various memorials throughout the park.
M-60-A3 U.S. Army Combat Tank
U.S. Army Ah-1F Cobra Attack Helicopter
Military Working Dog Memorial
U.S. Air Force F-4 Phantom II Jet
Memorial for the Men and Women From Hamilton Township, NJ Who Served in the Armed Forces
Anchor and Two Missiles from World War II Battleships
Another couple of miles in the books with Team Salty Paws ! Yesterday afternoon Whiskey and I met Heather and Ellie at Croft Farm for a hike followed by a picnic lunch.
Croft Farm is on both the NJ and National registers of historical places and the farm house that is still standing dates back to the 1700’s.…Another beautiful trail system nearby that I never knew existed!
A spontaneous last minute decision to today with Team Salty Paws resulted in such a great day!
We chose Crows Woods Nature Preserve which is approximately fifty acres of fairly undeveloped forest with some ball fields and mowed lawn areas bordering the preserve.
We had such a nice time with our friend and team handler Heather and her pups Kayla and Ellie! Lillet Blanc came along for this hike. She’s doing so well on her pain medication and supplements for hips and is able to take longer walks now!
She also did a great job walking on lead at a safe distance (and closely monitored) alongside Kayla and Ellie of Team Salty Paws. (Lilly can be extremely selective).
The park has a pavilion where we stopped after the hike to enjoy lunch.
The Smithville Village is listed on the National and New Jersey Registers of Historic Places. Smithville began as a small mill operation on the Rancocas Creek and grew to a major industrial plant which employing hundreds of workers from the 1860s to the 1920s. Smithville was well known for its high-quality woodworking machinery, the Smithville-Mt. Holly Bicycle Railroad, and the Star high wheeled bicycle.
2023 with Jägermeister and Our Friend Heather with Her Dog Ellie
2020 with Margarita and Porter
For Margarita’s 10th birthday, she hiked at Historic Smithville Park with brother Porter and Cousin Clyde!
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.
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:
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.
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!
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!
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.
Cello and Hooch were excited to be on this adventure!
Throughout the hike, there were many unique stone bridges and lined walkways.
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!
At one point, in usual Hooch fashion, he decided he was “DONE!”
Belly rubs, anyone?
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.