No one likes being shocked by explosive noises. Last month many people within twenty miles of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst were awakened early on a Sunday morning by heavy artillery fire.
It was one of the many weapons exercises that occur with regularity on the base. People who live close by can tell you all about it and many have just gotten used to it.
To ensure that the military and the personnel at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst are good neighbors, they have put out a calendar of when they will be blowing stuff up and at what level they will be doing it.
So, along with the calendar of when the recycling is going to be collected, when bulk trash day is this month or quarter and when the kids back to school date is this year, you can put this calendar for July on your fridge, too.
Lots of people in New Jersey get used to the noises in their areas whether it's a nearby train, a local highway or traffic on a busy street.
In our neck of the woods, you can hear the muscle cars at the local drag strip on a clear night even though Atco Dragway is ten miles away.
It's amazing how sound travels at certain times of the day, but nothing compares to heavy weapons fire from the United States Military.
So, you've been warned and thanks for the heads up, Uncle Sam.
Opinions expressed in the post above are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Dennis Malloy only.
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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: