I lost my dad September of last year and this will be my first Father’s Day without him. Not being able to talk to your dad is something felt very deeply by many on days like today. Many of us wish we could just pick up the phone and hear their voices one more time. While today is very hard for me, I wanted to take a moment to share some suggestions on how to honor our dads in heaven.

Doing one of dads' favorite activities or going to a place dad loved

My dad always loved to go fishing, he also enjoyed grilling and going to sporting events. You can take the family and participate in one of your dads' favorite activities to feel closer to him.

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Make one of dads' favorite meals or eat at one of his favorite restaurants

My dad always made the best ribs, a nice way to honor them is to enjoy one of their favorite meals.

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Create a memorial

This could be visiting their gravesite, or even planting a tree, placing a plaque, or just planting flowers in the backyard. I have a wind chime that was given to me when my dad passed away set up with a rose bush that he planted and that we have revived. I like to think it’s his little corner and the roses bloom just in time for Father’s Day.

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Create a new tradition

Start a new tradition, either solo or with the family. This way every year you have something special to do, and it can bring you closer to your passed loved one.

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NJ beach tags guide for summer 2022

We're coming up on another summer at the Jersey Shore! Before you get lost in the excitement of sunny days on the sand, we're running down how much seasonal/weekly/daily beach tags will cost you, and the pre-season deals you can still take advantage of!

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: