Nobody likes to be shocked by explosive noises. Last month, many people within a twenty-mile radius of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst were awakened by heavy artillery fire early Sunday morning.
It was one of the many weapons drills regularly held at the base. People who live nearby can tell you all about it, and many are just getting used to it.
To ensure that the military and personnel at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst are good neighbors, they have put together a calendar of when they will blow things up and at what level they will do so.
You can also hang this calendar on your fridge for July, along with the calendar for when the recycling will be picked up, when the bulky waste day is this month or quarter and when the children will be going back to school this year.
Many people in New Jersey become accustomed to the sounds around them, whether it’s a nearby train, a local freeway, or traffic on a busy street.
In our corner of the woods you can hear the muscle cars at the local drag strip on a clear night, although Atco Dragway is ten miles away.
It’s amazing how sound travels at certain times of the day, but nothing quite compares to US military heavy gunfire.
Well, you’ve been warned, and thanks for the warning, Uncle Sam.
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These are the best hiking areas in New Jersey
A trip to New Jersey doesn’t have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible hiking trails, waterfalls and lakes.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to New Jersey’s hidden gems, there are many options for a great hike. Hiking is a great way to spend time outside and enjoy nature, and it’s also a great workout.
If you are going downhill and meet an uphill hiker, step aside and give the uphill hiker room. A hiker going uphill has the right-of-way unless stopping to catch his breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side trails unless they are marked as an official trail, stay away from them. If you leave the trail, you can harm the ecosystems surrounding the trail, the plants and wildlife that live there.
You also don’t want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and keep hiking.
Cyclists should give way to hikers and horses. Hikers should also give way to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you’ll encounter on New Jersey’s trails.
If you decide to take your dog with you on your hike, be sure to keep them on a leash and ensure all pet waste is removed.
Finally, keep the weather in mind, if the trail is too muddy it’s probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions for the best hiking areas in New Jersey, check out their suggestions: