An unexpected Dutch touch #2 - High Point State Park

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Another Dutch windmill, as found in the Rutherford shelter

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.

View from High Point
I wonder how many Appalachian Trail hikers have bruised their ankles at this section.

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!

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Another Dutch windmill, as found i…
Another Dutch windmill, as found …
View from High Point
View from High Point
View from the Applachian Trail on …
View from the Applachian Trail on…
The pleasant surface of the New …
The "pleasant" surface of the New…
The pleasant surface of the New …
The "pleasant" surface of the New…
View on Lake Rutherford from the A…
View on Lake Rutherford from the …
Rutherford shelter
Rutherford shelter
Aruban Cunucu Houses as seen on…
Aruban Cunucu Houses as "seen" "o…
Lake Rutherford
Lake Rutherford
Another erratic
Another erratic
View on High Point and its monument
View on High Point and its monument
The High Point monument
The High Point monument
View on High Point and its monument
View on High Point and its monument
GPS Heigth Profile of todays hike
GPS Heigth Profile of today's hike
GPS track of todays height (rende…
GPS track of today's height (rend…
High Point State Park - NJ
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