The New Year’s Day forecast was initially calling for sunny skies but when we woke to no sun and heavy wind gusts we made a game-day substitution to head to John Phillips Preserve.
The final evening of 2018 brought a soaking rain – a fitting end to a very soggy year.
Maybe it’s just us but it felt like it rained at least one day out of every weekend this past year.
For detailed hike directions visit our main “John A. Phillips Preserve” page.
[Update: So, for once, we’re not imaging things: “The wettest year in N.J. history: County-by-county breakdown“]
And we’ll take a cloudy, super windy day in the 50s instead of last New Year’s fffffrigid temps.
I knew John Phillips was a bit of a gamble with all the rain since we’ve seen the trails filled with long, wide, stretches of 6″+ deep water and, sure enough, that’s what we encountered.
We cut it a little short and added in a walk on the sidewalks around the ball fields. This park is good when you want an easy hike with bail-out options.
And a squishy day on the trail beats working or being stuck inside anytime.