I went on a short self-guided tour of Fort Hancock today. Fort Hancock not only has the oldest operating lighthouse in the US but America's first mortar battery. Besides learning about some of the abandoned military homes and its history as a proofing (weapons testing) site, I learned about its birds and spotted some ospreys and woodchucks. I also got reacquainted with poison ivy!
For more information about Sandy Hook and Fort Hancock, here's the National Park Service's website for Gateway NRA at