South Mountain Reservation, a set on Flickr.
Sunday was a gorgeous afternoon in New Jersey, so I took my camera down to South Mountain Reservation. There is a dam near Campbell’s Pond I drove past countless times during my Millburn-Short Hills Patch days. But I never stopped to explore it and shoot photos, so that’s what I did Sunday.
One of the things I always wondered was if you could walk across the dam. I thought I had seen people do it in the past, but I hadn’t seen it myself. While I was standing below the dam shooting photos, I saw someone walk across the bridge above the dam. I figured, “hey, it must be safe.”
But when I walked up to the bridge, I found an old rickety, rotted wooden bridge with some metal plates across it. You could walk across it, but I wasn’t daring enough to do it. At least I wasn’t daring enough while I was alone. Maybe if I had a friend or four with me.
Update: When I was looking around for information on Campbell’s Pond and if there’s any history to the bridge (I couldn’t find any in a quick Google search), I found this video about the pumping station. I actually saw it awhile back when I was Millburn-Short Hills Patch editor. Remember, the pumping station is abandoned and closed off now.