We received an email on Sunday from a couple that lives in Chesterfield, Burlington County, asking if we had any reports of something strange in the sky on Saturday.

Here's a pic they included and part of what they saw.

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I was at the kitchen sink and always watch the sky for hawks or eagles flying around because we have chickens to protect. At first, I saw it flying straight upward. Ft. Dix and Maguire are close and there has been lots of helicopter activity with the military getting their hard-ons due to possible impending chaos. I grabbed the binoculars to see it clearer, but they aren't the most powerful. Our house is also in the only dead zone in Chesterfield, so we never have our phones on because nothing comes thru, so a quick record wasn't possible. With the binoculars, I could see it was a V or Y shape, but it was twisting around rather like it was out of control. I thought maybe it was going to crash.

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When it twisted a certain way, a row of red and white lights would flash that clearly weren't a reflection of the sun because it was only at a certain angle while the thing was twisting that they all came into view, only on one side of it.

 

The shape was very obvious, but it was getting higher and further away. My husband could also clearly see the shape with the binoculars, but with the naked eye, you could only see an "object" with the lights flashing every so often.

 

I keep the palm video recorder plugged into the wall on my bookcase just for whatever reason. I recorded the sky, but I couldn't see the thing thru that screen because it was so small. I just tried to line up the clouds in the view finder with my vision path.

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Let us know if you saw something unusual in the skies over Central Jersey on Saturday.

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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey

A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.

Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.

You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.

Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

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