In the summer, Captain Don Cartwright migrates from Florida to New Jersey to captain fishing trips off Sandy Hook and Raritan Bays aboard his 35-foot boat, the Bill Chaser. Cartwright, who has a US Coast Guard master's license and more than 20 years of fishing experience, helps groups hook everything from striped bass and bluefish to larger catches such as bluefin tuna and shark.
The Great Divide Campground lures campers out of their tents and cabins with diversions such as fishing in an onsite private lake, swimming in a heated long-course pool, and dethawing marshmallows over crackling fires. Each of the 270 campsites adds to the natural greenery of its surroundings with a fire ring and picnic table. The campground staff peddles ice and firewood and delivers it for free, unlike pack mules that always demand tips. A private lake hosts boating and paddleboating. Other amenities include everything from a basketball court and a game room to a laundry facility, restrooms with flush toilets, and free showers. A full calendar of events is available, as well.
Just far enough outside the city to feel like a true escape, Panther Lake Camping Resort sits on 160 scenic acres where families can hike, explore, camp, and splash around the picturesque 45-acre lake. Families can set up their getaway on tent and trailer campsites with water, electric, and cable-TV hookups. Throughout the season, a variety of events keep visitors entertained with everything from kids' arts and crafts to darts tournaments to movies in the park.
Hiroshi Powell noticed he had a knack for weightlifting, so he swapped the weight machine in his mom's basement for a membership at a pro-level facility. There, Hiroshi began training with national powerlifting champions, learning the secrets of their technique while building friendships and cultivating his own carreers in powerlifting and bodybuilding.
The seriousness with which Hiroshi threw himself at his goals, and immersed himself in the fitness field, informs his approach as founder-owner of Chiseled Health and Fitness. "Chiseled," he says, "is not a social club or [a] cookie cutter commercial gym. Those are great for some folks, but not everyone." In place of the hundred-pound rubber chickens dead lifters find at other gyms, guests at Chiseled find a facility fully stocked with professional weight training and cardio essentials. Accented with red trim, the facility's white walls, black mats, and glossy hardwood floors offer a non-distracting environment in which Hiroshi and his three fellow personal trainers customize clients' workouts. Members also complete self-guided routines, and take CrossFit classes.
A father-son operation helmed by Harry and Jon Huff, Streams of Dreams equips anglers with the necessary gear and knowhow for tracking down finned foes. The shop carries the industry's latest rods, reels, lines, and more. To put that equipment to the test, the Huffs offer personalized lessons that focus on vital skills, such as fly-tying and fly-casting. They also organize trips to exotic locations, including bonefishing adventures around Andros Island in the Bahamas.
Nestled between the Delaware River and the Appalachian foothills, the Delaware River Family Campground provides a scenic gathering place for all kinds of adventures. Campground organizers rent out rafts, canoes, kayaks and tubes in which customers can use to explore the various waterways of the river. They stock an on-site camp store with plenty of supplies to cook meals, make overnight stays more comfortable, or fuel a hike on the Appalachian Trail.
Delaware River Family Campground offers a few more entertainments outside the local natural splendor, too. There is a swimming pool and kiddie pool. Basketball and volleyball courts are also on the campground, and a miniature golf course and game room offer a more low-key variety of fun. The grounds even supply visitors with free cable television for those who haven't figured out how to receive television signals directly to their minds.