Skip to main content

Yes this is really New Jersey

So what's the first thing you think of when you hear about New Jersey?  Is it the hit series "The Sopranos?"  Is it the Goethals Bridge? Is it the now infamous "Jersey Shore?"  or is it the lovely stench of fumes produced by the Bayway refinery on exit 13A of the Turnpike?  Or do you view New Jersey more as a convenient refueling stop en route to Manhattan? Regardless of your views of the state, New Jersey generally does not get a good rep when compared to other states.  However, lost in these popular generalizations are the hidden gems of the lesser populated and known parts of the state.

Renee and I this past Saturday took a autumn foliage trip to the Northwestern part of the state.  (Mostly Hunterdon county)  Our journey began at the town of Hope and ended at New Hope, Pennsylvania. (This was a coincidence, we did not intend it to be that way.) Our trip also had an unconscious, dual motive as we vigorously attempted to debunk the popular, but erroneous myths of our state. So here are the pictures from our journey.  Enjoy!

Buttzville. Yes this is actually the name of the town! We stopped here to grab a hot dog from the famous Hot Dog Johnny's.  As we parked our car I snapped this shot of this beautiful brook that was adjacent to the place.

Round Valley State Park,  Lebanon.  After our stop at Buttzville, we took a slight, eastern detour and we ended up at the majestic Round Valley State Park.  I took this shot of the reservoir.  Notice to the left of the photo there is a person canoeing.  This park is famous for its canoeing.

Rt. 12 West, Near Frenchtown.  After leaving Round Valley we decided that we wanted to head towards Stockton.  We decided to take Rt. 12  in order to connect with Rt. 29 which flanked the Delaware river. I took this shot, but as you can tell it was still too early for the autumn foliage season.

St. Agnes Roman Catholic church, Stockton.  After passing the famous Stockton Inn we passed by this lovely, charming, little church.  This might be the smallest Catholic Church that we had ever seen.  Regardless, it was still beautiful in its unadorned simplicity.

Delaware Township. After passing the delightful Stockton we took a slight detour to county road 605.  While driving on this scenic road full of rolling hills and endless sky I was drawn to this barn and silo.  It felt like we were somewhere in Kansas.  We even began chanting "There is no place like home, there is no place like home."  "Does anyone know where the yellow brick road is?

Lambertville. After leaving Delaware township we took Rt. 179 into Lambertville.  We parked our car had some great coffee at the Lambertville Trading Company.  After our coffee we took a brief stroll to the historic Lambertville Train Station; to the right of the station we discovered this small, but attractive stretch of shops. 

Lambertville/New Hope.  After spending some time in Lambertville we embarked upon the final leg of our trip to New Hope.  While we were driving on the bridge I snapped this shot of the evening sky.  (No, the line running across is not some UFO, it is just the one of the rails of the bridge.)


Popular posts from this blog

10 Great Quotes from The Book of Sirach

The book of Sirach is a book that is often overlooked in the bible. This is unfortunate since this book contains many wise, practical saying on how to live a virtous life. The book was believed to have been written between 200-175 B.C.E.

Here are ten quotes that I feel best reflect this timeless work.

1."Do not become a beggar by feasting with\borrowed money, when you have nothing in your purse." Sirach 18:33

2."In all you do remember the end of your life, and then you will never sin." 7:36

3.."Glory and dishonor come from speaking; a man's tongue is his downfall." 5:13"

4."A wise man is cautious in everything." 18:27

5."One who trusts others is light minded." 19:4

6."If you pursue justice, you will obtain it and wear it as a glorious robe." 27:8

7."Many have fallen by the edge of the sword, but no many as have fallen because of the tongue." 28:18

8." In all of your work be industrious and no sickness will…

George Michael, Carrie Fisher, and The Afterlife

I was stunned, as was most of the world was when I heard about the passing of George Michael on Christmas day.  Michael possessed enormous talent was and one of the most successful acts in the 1980's and early 90's

Shortly after Carrie Fisher died.  Fisher was famous for her legendary role as princess Leia from the Star Wars movies.  Strangely her mother also died the day after.

2016 was a notable year for celebrity deaths.

Some names include Prince, Glenn Frey, David Bowie,  Doris Roberts, Alan Rickman, and Muhammad Ali.

As a Catholic these deaths got me thinking about the transient nature of life and the inevitability of death.

Marcus Aurelius, the stoic, emperor, philosopher king wrote about the passing nature of life as he reflected, "Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away."

Even though I agree mostly with Aurelius&…

Me vs. The Almighty

There is a famous scene in the Bible where Jacob wrestles with God.  Jacob fights with God until God takes out a bone from Jacob's thigh. Interestingly, God eventually relents and stops fighting with Jacob. After this dramatic incident, Jacob is renamed Israel which literally means, "he who struggles with God."

I can relate to this story.  Many times in my life I have argued with God. I still do. (my wife can attest to that.) Many times I have criticized his tactics, his ways, and his wisdom. In my worst moments, I have even used choice language. I have a complicated relationship with God. Like Jacob, I have wrestled with God. (thigh bone still intact)

Recently I approached a priest friend of mine and told him of my struggles with God.  I expected that he would chide me for my lack of respect and informality. What this priest said was illuminating and encouraging. He told me that it was OK at times to be angry with God, God understood. He, in fact, encouraged this honest…