An unexpected Dutch touch #2 - High Point State Park
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YES I did it! I can put a check mark behind another highest state point! After climbing to the highest point of the state of Massachusetts (Mount Greylock) I managed to be the highest person in the state of New Jersey. I visited High Point State Park, which encompasses the 550-meter (1803-ft) high High Point. The highest point in the state of New Jersey.
Before I got there I first tired myself with a 16.7-km (10.3-mile) long walk, partly over the great Appalachian Trail. That sounds relaxed, but it was quite an effort. A typicality of the Appalachian Trail in this area, according to my hike book, is its surface, which consists of many small stones. It is like walking on a cobble stone street, with the cobble stones being much more irregular and pointy.
The trail took me along the Rutherford Shelter, one of New Jersey's most remote shelters. And here another strange Netherlands related thing stroke me. Shelters are usually deserted. The only thing you find is ashes from the fireplace and sometimes some rusty food cans left by less social hikers. In the Rutherford Shelter I found a (really old) photo booklet about Aruba, part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. When I opened the book, the first thing I saw was a picture of... a Dutch windmill...! The second today! (See previous blog entry) Is faith playing games with me or what?
I did not have time to walk to High point. So I had to drive there. I arrived just in time to witness a stunning sunset. I had the 67-meter (220-ft) high monument that was constructed on the top in 1930, the sunset and the views over New York (state) and New Jersey all for myself.
More pictures below!