Yes, it's true: snow on the ridge! I really enjoyed my latest hike up there which included a fair amount of frozen precipitation, especially higher up where Sunfish Pond, the 44-acre glacial lake at 1,250', was a lovely sea of snow. I saw four Bald Eagles and there was certainly a lot of evidence of animal activity. Yes, I did hear the wolves this time, alas. The wind was blowing parallel to the ridge instead of towards it and, the preserve being two miles south of the ridge, I'm guessing that made all the difference. Ascending the Appalachian Trail was no problem at all but the descent via the Red Dot Trail was very hazardous--there was usually no more than an inch of ice and snow over the thousands of fractured rocks one has to negotiate between the summit of Mt. Tammany and Route 80--so I exercised far more caution than usual during the last hour or so of the hike. A real "slo-go." The day was chilly but, for the most part, sunny, with mist bands obscuring much of the valley below the southside of the ridge. I met two interesting people on the trails yesterday: Brandon, a resident of Belvidere, which is about 10 miles south of the Delaware Water Gap/Kittatinny Ridge on the Jersey side of the Delaware River; and a woman from Philadelphia who had come to the ridge to train for a 100-mile ultramarathon in Virginia later this year. I hope to return to the ridge! , Yes of course, I'll be hoping for more  snow!   go to www.NJnewjersey.com for more exciting stories! Please...  LIKE US on FACEBOOK



Would you like to POLE???

Linda Mannheim, long time resident of Princeton Junction, is a classically trained dancer and Nationally certified Pilates Instructor. One of her colleagues egged her into trying out the new pole she had placed in the center of her family room. After the initial lessons (filled with laughter, multiple bruising  and mishaps),  Linda found her new passion.  The physical challenge and artistic demands of pole combined all of her passions.

 Pole dance incorporates many different disciplines, which may include some and or all of the following:

Yoga, gymnastics, Pilates, dance, weight training.

Though anyone, even someone without any of these backgrounds, should certainly try it!

There are a variety of aerial arts offered… aerial yoga, lyra, silks and classes that are designed to help condition the body to perform these modalities. What astonished Ms. Mannheim is the sheer amount of physical and mental strength it takes to master the pole as well as how complicated it can be. Over the last few years, Ms. Mannheim has engaged in taking her training extremely seriously, despite her rigorous work schedule as a dancer and Pilates teacher, installing a pole in her home and going to classes at Body and Pole in NYC.  Ms. Mannheim has also competed in her age group, Master’s,  at several pole competitions in Virginia, NYC and Connecticut, her performances being recognized for incorporating  her knowledge of dance and choreography into her routines.

Some important things to remember if you would like to try it out…..

  1. Find a studio with properly trained certified instructors and safe environment
  2. Look for a studio that has a multitude of classes to determine what you hope to get out of your class ( technique, conditioning and or flexibility, your inner goddess )
  3. Be aware of your body limits and possibility of injuries.
  4. Practice practice practice . Like any sport, the only way to become confident and competent is training and repetition .


Here are some suggestions for studios in the NJ and NYC area where you can take a class and see if this is the work out you have always been looking for:

Just GOOGLE...

 Pole to Pole Fitness in Woodbridge,NJ

Body, Soul & Pole in Hoboken, NJ

Foxy Fitness, which has locations in both NJ & NY

Jo-Ann’s Dance Studio/The Performing Arts Center in South Plainfield, NJ

Shore Pole Dance & Fitness in Long Branch, NJ


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