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To all who have lost loved ones during the pandemic

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A very dear friend passed away two years ago this week, she passed away on July 13, 2020. It was at the height of the pandemic and the funeral was not taking place. Either funeral homes and churches weren’t holding them because of the restrictions, or people were just too scared to gather in public for any event. This week, his family held a memorial service and rally in his honor.

His death was sudden and unexpected. She died at home, but no one knew why. Of course, at that time everyone suspected COVID, but she had no symptoms of the virus. She was a very private person who didn’t like to fuss about herself and didn’t like doctor visits. It took a few months for the autopsy results to come in, and it wasn’t COVID.

It turned out to be a disorder of a condition she didn’t know she had. She cared more about others in her life than herself. She was loved and loved by all who knew her. A free spirit who was warm, friendly, funny, down to earth, and as outgoing as anyone you’d ever meet. She impacted everyone who was lucky enough to have her in their lives. She was a special person and a very proud Jersey Girl.

She was a private person and kept a lot to herself. For this reason, I will only say that her first name was Christi. For those who knew her or knew her, they will know exactly who she was.

The purpose of this post is not just to pay tribute to Christi and all of his friends and family who loved him dearly, but to remind everyone to take care of themselves. If you think something is wrong and it has been going on for a while, please have it checked. Not only for you but for all those around you who love you very much.

To those who were unable to provide a proper burial or memorial for your loved ones, please know that you are not alone and we feel your loss and pain.

Christi, there were a ton of people today in your honor who all had great things to say about you that you wouldn’t have allowed when you were here. They all had great stories of your beautiful but too short life, and we kept telling each other how much we loved you.

The views expressed in the above post are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Dennis Malloy only.

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A trip to New Jersey doesn’t have to be just the beach. Our state has incredible trails, waterfalls and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to New Jersey’s hidden gems, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it’s a great workout.

Before you hit the trails and explore some of the suggestions from our listeners, I have a few tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you descend and encounter an uphill hiker, pull to the side and give the uphill hiker some space. An uphill hiker has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless marked as an official trail, avoid them. Going off the trail, you risk damaging the ecosystems around the trail, the plants and wildlife that live there.

You also don’t want to disturb any wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Cyclists must yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also give in to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you’ll encounter on New Jersey trails.

If you plan to take your dog on your hike, they must be on a leash and be sure to clean up all pet waste.

Finally, pay attention to 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 on the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions: