Do You Know New Jersey?

Welcome to New Jersey, the "Garden State"

Welcome to New Jersey, the “Garden State”

People who have never been to New Jersey frequently have a distorted view of our state. Some think that what they see on tv, in shows such as “The Jersey Shore” or “Housewives of New Jersey”, is an accurate picture. And some think the whole state is like the cities of Newark or Camden.

To counter those views, I thought I’d share with you a walk I took around my neighborhood yesterday. Marlton, also known as Evesham Township, lies in South Jersey, within the New Jersey Pinelands National  Reserve, a protected natural area of unique ecology covering 1,100,000 acres. It was classified as a United States Biosphere Reserve and established by Congress in 1978 as the nation’s first National Reserve.

Our area of New Jersey is beautiful. There’s a good reason we are “The Garden State”. I hope you enjoy my 4 mile hike as much as I did, and get a better picture of where Athletic Fitness Concepts is based. (Note: the critter pictures were taken on other walks, but still in the same neighborhood. Just thought you would like to see them.) 🙂

Getting ready for my hike around the neighborhood

Getting ready for my hike around the neighborhood

The beginning of my hike

The beginning of my hike

Beautiful flower beds and nice landscaping are all around the neighborhood

Beautiful flower beds and nice landscaping everywhere you look

Bridge across the waterway

Bridge across the waterway

Taunton Lake gazebo

Gazebo across the lake

Boats in storage

Boats in storage

Colorful lakeside flowers

Colorful lakeside flowers

Beautiful sky

Beautiful sky

Water's edge

Water’s edge

Dumpster diving raccoon

Dumpster diving raccoon

Turtle in the woods

Turtle in the woods

A surprise visitor on our patio chair

A surprise visitor on our patio chair

I hope you enjoyed my hike. Come visit New Jersey and enjoy our beautiful natural surroundings. And if you need a trainer when you get here, we’re just a phone call away. 😉

by Joan Kerrigan

Yours in good health,
Marlton Personal Trainer

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