WMA's are my refuge from reality. I now fear that they will become trashed by the hordes. Not all change is good
My wife and I were there today on the motorcycle. We parked in the main lot and did some trail walking. No crowds, no virus and no uncivil acts by anyone. Saw one group of three with masks. Loop looked like it had the normal traffic flow but we didn’t do it today.Headed there either today or tomorrow. It will be packed. I read the loop is in bad shape? The fed stuff is hit or miss; Gateway at Sandy Hook is closed, but that's an NRA. DWG NRA is open, but Old Mine Road thru Worthington is closed.
Was out walking with my 2 dogs at Old Halfway on Sunday. No one was around beside and a man and young girl sitting on the tailgate of a pick-up throwing stones in the water. They were on the main beach along the road on the south east side. I was circumnavigating the lake. When a 4 door jeep and another SUV with wood pallets tied to the roof pulled up on the beach within 20 feet of the man and girl. It was like a clown car at the circus. People just started pouring out of the vehicles. They threw the pallets on the ground pulled out a case of some type of alcohol, and starting conversing with each other like they were at a beach party. Clearly these people were not practicing social distancing with themselves or the occupants in the other vehicle. They acted like they had not a care in the world. The man and young girl quickly got in their truck and fled. The people with the jeep pulled out an ax and started chopping down small pine trees and then used the jeep to pull others down too. These are the very people that ruin it for everyone else! They are the very ones that will cause the WMAs to be closed next, just like the state parks. Not to mention their wanton destruction of the trees. Then they started to drive through the water. I left quickly wondering (hoping) if the jeep would get stuck or drive out a little to far and sink. I was so pissed off at their behavior. They probably left the left a lot of garbage too.
I am very proud of you Jon ! Thanks for taking the advice.I wonder why New Jersey has over 68,000 cases of the virus and is second only to NY. I took Scott's advice a few years ago to keep the DEP number in my backpack, laminated the card. Put it in my phone too.
I'm not sure where Old Halfway is exactly, but my observation was based on the behavior of close socializing and partying in the middle of a pandemic, not geographic location. I lived in Maplewood, which borders Newark, for five years in the 60's. I had friends whose fathers were lawyers in Manhattan and friends whose parents had more modest jobs like me, a graphic designer.I don't buy that all people in North Jersey are too stupid too protect themselves.