Residents Hike in Remembrance of 9/11
A Lake Shawnee resident organizes a small hike in honor of those lost.
While many will go to services or ceremonies in remembrance of the attacks on Sept. 11, Lake Shawnee resident Bill Child decided to remember the solemn day in his own way—by hiking to the highest point in Morris County on a trail that winds through Mahlon Dickerson Reservation.
Although he was hoping for more, Child had one other hiker with him, Jane Celusak. The pair started the hike after a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time the North tower was hit.
“Most of this hike should be done quietly. As we walk up, we’ll remember,” Child said. “And as we walk back down, we will think about the future.”
He chose to go to the county’s highest point, as it is 1,395 feet, only about 33 feet higher than the towers.
Child noted that the hike up is about 9,000 feet, which is about 3,000 walking paces, or one pace for each life lost in the attacks.