Ever climbed a fire tower? Well... DON'T!
Wandering around the Pine Barrens today looking for a Northern Shrike or two that have been reported, I came across Apple Pie Hill. It's supposed to be the highest elevation in Southern NJ (at a whopping 209 feet above sea level) with a terrific view of the Pinelands. I'd always thought you had to hike in on the Batona Trail to find it, so hadn't worked up the courage to try it alone yet. I often get lost (every darn road down there looks the same - sugar sand and pitch pine - how can you not get lost!), but as often happens, I stumble across something I'd been meaning to find at one time or another.
Anyone care to guess how far up those rickety stairs I got before having a panic attack? Vertigo to the point that I was afraid to move? Very weird. The wind and the dog barking from the car below didn't help any.
Here's the view from the bottom of the tower (when I wasn't afraid to let go of the scaffolding and raise my arms to take a pic!). Worth clicking for a view of nothing but trees stretching all the way to Atlantic City 30 miles or so to the southeast and Philly 30 miles or so to the southwest.
a return Visit
9 months ago