Sunday, September 10, 2017

Veteran's Park, Roxbury, NJ

Veteran's Park Trails - Hike Roxbury

GPS Coordinates 40.87726, -74.67779
Conkling Road Parking

Veteran's Park Map - Hike Roxbury
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HIKE DISTANCE:  4.8 miles

Rocky has advanced straight into the accelerated hiking program.  He did 4.8 slightly more rugged miles today with ease.  I just hope he does not think we will be hiking every day.  I do have to go to work to support our hiking habit.
His least favorite thing:  Waking up at 5:30 AM and on the road by 6:00 AM.  He is not a morning dog.
From the parking lot ...
... his first sight of deer.  He was interested, but just looked.
Heading off on the blue trail.
About 1/3 of a mile in, left on the red trail.
Not quite sure what the structure up ahead is supposed to be ...
... other than a party place :(
At the end of red ...
... left on yellow.
Could it be?
Yes, it is Rocky's first balloon, #38 for the year.
At a little bit of an overlook ...
... a nice picnic table for a break.
Then continuing on y ellow.
Yellow ends at Patricia Drive where right goes to the blue trail but first ...
... left a short distance to the green trail.
Green trail on the left.
What is that to the left?
Balloons #39, #40, #41 and #42
There is a short side trail off of green to a picnic table but oh my, the garbage!  It was too nasty to stop here for a break.
I picked up the plastic bags since they looked clean, put the balloons in one and filled the other one up with plastic bottles even though it did not make a dent in the litter that was there.
Green the loops around and heads back.
At the end of green, right on Patricia drive passing the yellow trail on the right all the way to ...
... the far corner of the parking lot where the blue trail starts.
Look at Rocky like he knows where he is going!  He really did lead the way a lot today where he mostly followed yesterday.
At a woods road, blue turns left on the woods road where yellow starts across the woods road.
This is how nice he walks after just a few corrections for pulling.  He needs a reminder every so often but for the most part he is easy on the leash.
Blue goes all the way back to the car.
Heading home.


  1. I love Rocky's ears as he takes in all the new sights.

    1. Yes, he definitely is taking it all in!


  2. This looks like my kind of 'not-too-technical' trail. Rocky is taking to hiking like a real natural. He might just BE expecting a hike every day. You may have created a Frankenhikerdog. :) BTW: He's got some set of paws on him!


    1. Yes, he was definitely expecting to go on another hike yesterday when we ended up at the vet's office. Let's just say that experience was very, very bad and he will be sedated at the vet from now on :(


  3. Looks like a nice trail. I live close to Roxbury. You are so lucky Rocky is so good on the leash. I have a rescue that I adopted 3 1/2 months ago. She is not good at all on the leash. Thanks for sharing. Joanne from NJ

    1. Thanks, Joanne. I didn't know you adopted a dog recently. Congrats!