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United States : New Jersey

0.9 miles (1.4 km) SW of Old Tappan, Bergen, NJ, USA
Approx. altitude: 16 m (52 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 41°S 106°E

Accuracy: 80 m (262 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: GPS - the accuracy kept jumping, but I think I got pretty close. #3: Panoramic shot of the woods in the area.

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  41°N 74°W (visit #4)  

#1: Water and trees, photo taken while standing at CP

(visited by Warren Apel and Scot Beck)

26-Jun-2003 -- While visiting friends in Piermont, NY, I felt compelled to visit this CP -- since it was within just a few miles of their house. Getting there wasn't so easy, as I didn't have a terribly detailed street map. Anyway, I was persistent and Scot humored me and we made it to the neighborhood where the CP was located. In retrospect, I should have knocked on some doors to get permission before tromping off into the woods. We were parked within 300 meters of the confluence so I figured it would be a quick jaunt into the woods. One of the other visitors to this site (visit #3) had mentioned that there were trails in the woods. I poked my way in and sort of made a trail, and eventually did find the trails he spoke of. Scot stayed with the car (a rental) in case the neighbors got curious. Which they did. I got to the site, tried to get an exact reading (the trees were making it difficult to get an exact read) and followed the trail as close to the car as I could get. Then I emerged from the woods to find that the neighbors had called 911, and a police car was parked next to our car. Guess when a couple of out-of-towners drive a rental car up to the water company property, people get nervous about what might happen. The GPS in my hand looked a little too much like a jar of anthrax, and the locals got spooked. Well, the policeman was understanding, I explained the project, and after running our licenses through the computer, he let us go. But not before telling me that he wouldn't go into those woods for money -- full of ticks and poison ivy. Another thing that I should have thought of earlier. He also mentioned that there was a trail head going into the woods.

So, future visitors to this site should get permission first, and enter through a trail head -- not through the neighbors back yards.

Still -- a fun visit. And it's always more fun when the visit makes a good story, especially when police are involved.


 All pictures
#1: Water and trees, photo taken while standing at CP
#2: GPS - the accuracy kept jumping, but I think I got pretty close.
#3: Panoramic shot of the woods in the area.
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