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Traveling North to New Jersey!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Hey Spies! Since we've all enjoyed the ocean views from Myrtle Beach, I'd like to suggest a slight detour along the ocean. Having driven the 95 corridor many times, I always prefer the route I'm suggesting.

Just beyond beautiful & historic Norfolk, Virginia is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge which never ceases to take my breath away. We are bound to see some beautiful ships and sailboats if the weather is fine. This link leads to a page of area wildlife.

Next we'll travel to Assateague Island to see the Chincoteague ponies. The legend of the Chincoteague Ponies are a constant reminder of Assateague Island's past. Legend has it that the ponies escaped from a shipwrecked Spanish galleon and swam to shore.

We'll give our legs a short break as we hop on the ferry to historic Cape May, New Jersey, the nation's oldest seashore resort. It is second only to San Francisco in the number of well-preserved Victorian homes and the only city in the U.S. wholly designated as a National Historic Landmark. Here's a bit more about the beautiful Victorians found here:

Further up the coast is Asbury Park, another Jersey shore town that did not fare as well as Cape May. It fell upon rough times in the 1970's when it was no longer a train destination and the malls took needed sales from it's downtown. Only one attraction really kept this town from near certain demise...the Stone Pony, a seedy beer joint that happened to be linked to Jersey's favorite sons--Bruce Springsteen & Jon Bon Jovi.
Bruce, yeah, we all call him Bruce, lives up the road near Red Bank, but still drops in occasionally to play a set at the Pony. I almost got to meet him once at a rodeo....just missed him. sigh

There's not much sand but plenty of water in my little town, 9.3% of which is taken up by the seven man-made lakes. Here the rolling hills of central Jersey Piedmont give way to the northern rocky Highlands, lending a very different appearance from most of NJ. We are 35 miles due west of New York and became one of the first train commuting suburbs over 100 years ago. Our developer was a contemporary of Gustav Stickley, leading champion of the Craftsman Movement in the US. In fact, the 454 (of 500) original houses still remaining is one of the largest collections of Craftsman-influenced houses in the United States and earned us State and National Historic district status.

From the very beginning the Laker community was strong and remains so today. Our strong schools, clubs for a variety of interests and strong sense of volunteerism help us become known to one another and friendships grow from there. I've moved around "a bit" and am happy to have found a spot so welcoming now that I don't have school children to draw me into the community.

So! You've made it to my house! You've got to be tired! Come and sit on the porch while I bring out some lunch and we can catch up!

and....just in case you're not sure if you have the right porch....
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    Fantastic! I enjoyed the journey so much as it played right into my need to know more and my need to travel. I will have to visit the links later as my hubby just got up and he is in need of a feed. I love your house and porch, I can see us spend hours there meditating, chatting, finding "solutions" to the world problems (ha-ha) and sharing our thoughts. Thank you for organizing our trip. I would love to visit Cape May and the Mountain Lakes also. Be blessed!
    2191 days ago
  • TINA*23
    Very nicely done! I love your porch!
    2193 days ago
  • TINA*23
    Very nicely done! I love your porch!
    2193 days ago
    Very Cool!!! Thanks for the tour and the comfy porch chairs to curl up on!
    2194 days ago
    Too cool! I just got home from Myrtle Beach on Sunday! Sure would take that over this Michigan weather we're having!

    Fabulous porch, I'd love to sit and enjoy that! I gotta say though...the last picture is the best!

    GO BLUE! emoticon
    2196 days ago
    Lovely pictures, Judy. And I love living in NJ (not far from you). Once we got stuck for hours on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge because of an accident, but it is lovely. And I LOVE Cape May. I am guessing the picture is on Jackson St. We take day trips there even though it is a long drive. Best place on the shore as far as I am concerned!!!

    2196 days ago
    When we travelled, we did this trip many, many times! I live in Cranford right off the GSP and have been up in Mountain Lakes often!

    What a beautiful drive! I love living in NJ! We have the best of all worlds.

    Thanks, Lizzie
    2196 days ago
    Loved the tour! And I felt so at home when I saw that beautiful flag on your front porch!
    2196 days ago
    I've actually done this exact trip (finishing a bit further south of you) from Florida with my husband - the bridge was a bit scary in a 1970 VW bus with the wind, we actually camped on the beach in Assateague, and were married in Asbury (it's come a long way). So while I gather this was a BLC blog, it was also eerily close to "how I (actually) spent my summer vacation"!
    2196 days ago
  • LUCYLU22
    What a lovely drive from Linda's beach to your house. I just love your house, and your porch is FANTASTIC! I am with Andrea, I could totally curl up with a GOOD book on that porch!!! This has just been such a WONDERFUL trip so far!
    2196 days ago
    OH my gosh!!!!

    Your home is beautiful!!! Thanks for the tour I loved it!
    2196 days ago
    Great job Judy! Thanks for the warm welcome too. I'm pretty sure I could curl up on your porch and spend a nice afternoon reading a good book. Brian and I took that Chesapeake Bay Bridge home from VA Beach to Boston - it is amazing. Unfortunately, my camera died going over the bridge and we missed the rest area! I'm looking forward to lunch ;)

    Thanks for having us!

    2196 days ago
    emoticon Love the sign and your front porch! emoticon
    2196 days ago
  • FITAT50
    I'm right behind Linda, on my way! Hated to leave the beach but WOW looking forward to the scenic trip to NJ and your beautiful home!
    2196 days ago
    On my way, leaving the beach behind. We took that route a few years ago, did our own little lighthouse pathway. I love that bridge, spectacular views and the Cape May ferry was just fun. We had lunch in Cape May, saw the lighthouse and headed up to AC. Looking forward to lunch on that beautiful porch! And then a great walk afterward to burn the calories. To the music of the Boss!
    2197 days ago
    Ha! I love the last picture! What a fun blog for your team! I love your house too! Do you have a room ready for me? emoticon
    2197 days ago
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