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Boasting about my Garden State

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Yesterday was a day without plans and we did something old fashioned.
We took a drive.
I didn't take pictures but enjoyed the scenery as I drove small highways and byways in my Garden State.
Lest you think New Jersey is all beach and party, think again.
Yes, we did have lunch in a diner!

The lower third, South Jersey indeed hosts beautiful beaches but also massive farms and the Pinelands National Reserve. A walk through them on a warm early summer day will bring you the scent of scrub pines and blueberries. There are many wetlands throughout, bogs of brackish cedar water filled with trilling frogs and of course our state bird, the mosquito! In my youth it was the farm and horse capital of NJ where I spent many hours of enjoyment when I wasn't at the beach or driving off road through hot pines on dirt roads. It's all flat land.

Central Jersey's tidier farms give way to suburban and urban landscapes as well still hosting some of the pines and beaches. Here the beaches stop at Sandy Hook, Gateway National Park. I get to live next to history as we are filled with places named by our Native Americans, the Lenni-Lenape, Revolutionary War sites (yes GW slept here) Industrial revolution marvels and a host of WWII military ventures. Saying there's nothing to do is not investigating!

Yesterday's drive was north. Not to Frank Sinatra's or Tony Soprano's homes but real north. Twenty minutes from my house the foothills of the Watchung mountains rise in rolling slopes. We continued up in elevation and away from "civilization" through the Highlands section comprising soft green peaks and forested valleys with glacier-cut lakes more numerous than I thought. The Kittatinny mountains hosts 72 miles of the Appalachian trail and I've walked some of it! I can't claim I've "done" the trail. I found a few more early settler sites under repair in conjunction with the NPS and plan to go back this summer when they are open.

Nice drive on a nice day with a nice guy!

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    140 days ago
    Nice blog abuut your nice day!
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  • ALICIA363
    151 days ago
    Sounds like a lovely time -- and you taught me lots I didn't know about your home state!!
    151 days ago
    How wonderful and thank you for sharing your adventures with us!
    151 days ago
    Sounds wonderful! I would have enjoyed that trip too. There are states in the United States that I am interested in exploring and the Garden State is one of them. Not just for the sights but I think that I would bond with the people there. I think there are beautiful sites to see in every state but I don't think that the majority of the people in every state share my values.

    I'm very proud of my state too. We have our problems in Illinois but we have beautiful forests, lakes, parks. and great museums. One of our nicknames is The Land of Lincoln and that says a lot about who we are as a people here. Lincoln is considered the greatest president of the U.S. and he literally walked paths that I often walk. He tried a case at our local appellate court house and when you visit that old building you get a personal tour and you also get a deep sense of the importance of what most of us who live here stand for as a state and what we hope to stand for as a nation. We believe in democracy and freedom. We embrace the message of the Statue of Liberty. Illinois' greatest asset is it's people.
    151 days ago
    Thank you for the virtual informative tour of your fine state.
    No pix necessary as your descriptive words were just right!
    Even though I am only three states away from you in RI, I know so little about NJ.
    151 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
    151 days ago
    What a lovely outing. Brought back memories of my son's father, my ex, showing me around New Jersey, which is indeed a very pretty state!
    151 days ago
    151 days ago
    Sounds like an amazing day. I only know the beaches of your fine state, and Philadelphia. Ha! A history buff has to visit. How’s that for a juxtaposition? One day I hope to see more, I’m counting on you as my tour guide. Now if you have a hankering to check out the Midwest, I’m your girl. In fact I think you’d have options.
    151 days ago

    Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.
    ~Robert H. Schuller

    Keep on Keeping on!

    Make today the greatest day of your life!
    Until tomorrow!
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