The hike in the south portion of Stokes State Forest in NJ was so enjoyable, I went back to explore the north side. The Appalachian Trail continues through this part, and there’s a fire tower to find. So I started on Stony Brook trail, then to the AT and fire tower, and returned via the Tower Trail.
Up at the fire tower, I was lucky to meet up with a nice family and their three dogs, which were also super friendly, so I was able to get my puppy fix. They chose to go up the fire tower, I still have some fear of heights, so I ‘may’ go back and try it, when I’m alone. Mainly because I’ve been seeing funny posts about “Do things that scare your family and friends”! 😉
I also sat and did a quick urban sketch of the view of Stony Lake:
I also did a few sketches at home – of the fire tower, stepping stones over a creek and some dwarf ginseng. The starlike shape was fascinating, and online was this description of its flowers – “…dull white umbels rising from a whorl of three compound leaves”.
Looks like I’ll be heading back to Stokes soon! There’s lots more trails to explore, especially the one named “Gigi Lane”! (That’s me!)