Posts Tagged With: Passaic County

Paddles Up at Monksville Reservoir

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Paddleboards sit lined up by the boat launch on the northern end of Monksville Reservoir.

A few weekends ago, boys and girls, I found myself standing atop what was basically an oversized surfboard, gripping a paddle that was about as tall as I am, starting to punt myself across the surface of the Monksville Reservoir.

If you’re into paddle sports, you’ll know exactly what I was doing. But for those of you who aren’t, an explanation or two is necessary.

I’ve been kayaking since I was a kid, but stand-up paddleboarding – which is what I was doing – is a somewhat different beast. It can best be described as a hybrid of kayaking and surfing, and I’d had an inkling to try it for a little while.

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All Along the Watchtower: Garret Mountain Reservation, Passaic County, NJ

Lambert Tower, at the cliff's edge in the eastern part of the reservation.

Lambert Tower, at the cliff’s edge in the eastern part of the reservation.

It’s been a busy summer. Done a little more (well, maybe a lot more) hiking, done a little more geocaching, contributed my first column to the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference’s newsletter, Trail Walker – can’t resist a little humblebrag there – and added a few more spots to my must-hike-in-at-least-once list.

And speaking of that list, I finally scratched another place off the list back in late spring when I wandered up to Garret Mountain Reservation in Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson – it’s a long story) for an afternoon’s worth of ambling atop the Watchungs.

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