Night Hike at Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

I’m falling behind, so here are some photos from a nighttime hike along the Rainbow Vista trail to the Fire Canyon overlook in Valley of Fire State Park.

Moonlight on the rocks. iPhone Night mode at work.
The sun sets early in December.
Hoped to do some stargazing, but these clouds came in after the sun went down.

Jacob’s Creek Trail

This is a short hike mostly along the floodplain of Jacob’s Creek in Hopewell Township, New Jersey, managed by the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space. It was just damp and leaf-covered today, but the creek can flow powerfully through here after a rainstorm.

Remnant of stone wall that may have been used to dam Jacob’s Creek for ice harvesting.
Overgrown section of stone wall.
Maybe where some of the stone was quarried to build that dam.
Jacob’s Creek from the bridge.

Attractive Ruins at Franny Reese

Pictures from a visit last autumn to Franny Reese State Park in New York. The sun-dappled ruins are the former estate of wealthy dentist Charles H. Roberts. A graduate of Albany Medical College, Roberts’ dental innovations made him rich and allowed him to branch out into other lucrative business ventures. In the 1860s, he began building his home, Cedar Glen, on the west bank of the Hudson River overlooking Poughkeepsie. After Roberts died in 1909, protracted squabbling over his will by his children resulted in the decline of Cedar Glen. Read more of the story at About Town.

Franny Reese Park. Source: TCM

High Point State Park, New Jersey

I’ve been in New Jersey a long time, but had never made it to High Point State Point. Up in the northwest corner and very close to both New York and Pennsylvania, the park surrounds, not surprisingly, the highest point in New Jersey. The obelisk was built in 1930 and is 220 feet high.

The land was donated to the state by Anthony and Susie Kuser in 1923. The Kusers, were, among many other things, ardent birders. In the early twentieth century, Anthony Kuser encouraged the (futile) search for surviving passenger pigeons by offering a reward for proof of their existence in the wild. The reward was never paid.

View from the base of the High Point memorial. Source: TCM
Cedar Swamp Trail at High Point State Park. Despite the name, the trail loops around a bog, not a swamp. Source: TCM

The Dryden Kuser Natural Area is within High Point State Park The Atlantic White Cedar Bog here is, at an elevation of 1,500 feet, thought to be highest bog of its kind in the world.