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.
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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.
[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.