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Camping at Stokes

Got together for our annual camping trip (this was the 12th annual) at Stokes State Forest in New Jersey for a weekend of hanging in the woods. In addition to the usual steaks, shrimp, burgers and links, oysters were a new addition to this year’s menu. They made appearances as grilled, raw, and shooters.

Grilled oysters were a nice addition
Grilled oysters were a nice addition

As always we got some good hiking in. It’s fun to venture off into the woods and just chill with the homies.

Into the wild
Into the wild

This year was the first year we went up to Sunrise Mountain at Stokes. It’s not much compared to some of the mountains out there, and some people probably would classify it as more of a hill, but 1,653 feet gets you second highest point in New Jersey. It’s worth the short drive to the top. The lookout from the top is amazing, and not just for New Jersey standards.

Sunset on top of Sunrise Mountain
Sunset on top of Sunrise Mountain

It’s always a fun time when everyone gets together and goes camping. There’s been some discussion of switching things up a little for next year’s trip, as the format of the trip has stayed mostly unchanged for 12 years. But it’s hard to beat the pure simplicity of grabbing your best mates and heading camping in New Jersey.

Pines at Stokes
Pines at Stokes