QUARANTINING IN OUR CARS

Barb and I have held on to our sanity (to some extent) by driving around on the weekends.  The Governor’s Executive Order 107 states: All New Jersey residents shall remain home or at their place of residence unless they are ….. which is followed by a long list of exceptions which included “engaging in outdoor activities with partners” and Barb and I are certainly in that category.  I admit to not having read the order before the fact; we just decided that if they wanted to put a couple of old geezers away for a while it would at least be different scenery than our apartments.

Here’s an example of the kind of bright, uplifting scene we encountered on our weekend wanderings.  It’s Cape May harbor.

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Over a nine weekend period we covered from Cape May along the Delaware Bay and River as far north as Easton, PA, and from the cape along the Atlantic as far north as Deal, further north in central Jersey, and lots of territory and destinations in between and beyond including even Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware.  Here’s an idea of our travels (not suitable for navigation!)  If you’re trying to see this on your phone click on the image to see a full-sized version.

 

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We just drove and looked around and enjoyed.  We didn’t leave the car except once to pick up some meds at a CVS or to inspect a porta-potty on a construction site..  We packed sandwiches and water and aimed for waterfront scenes where we could park and enjoy our lunches.  Case in point:  the PNC parking lot in New Hope overlooking the Delaware River.

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On another weekend I wanted to return to Greenwich, an18th century customs port of entry into the U.S.  It had been a while which explains (duhhhh) why we wound up driving aimlessly around “the other” Greenwich which is near Paulsboro … not the same.  So, on yet another trip we found it south west of Bridgeton on the Cohansey River.  This is the real deal; the main street is still called “Ye Greate Street” and is lined with buildings from the 18th century.  There is also the headquarters of the Cumberland County Historical Society.

Also on the street is the Old Stone Tavern, built in 1726 by Captain Jacob Ware.  Since my mother’s cousin married Fred Ware in nearby Deerfield I figure I’m probably related by marriage to Jacob’s family.  I always find these things out after the property has slipped away.  Here it is:

Another worthwhile and photogenic site is the Greenwich Boat Works and Marina which includes a graveyard of old, discarded boats.  Among them I spotted a wooden yacht made, I think, by the long-gone Trumpy Boat Works of Annapolis, probably in the ’30s.

Sic transit gloria mundi.

Nearby, our charming (it was, once) lunch spot on the Cohansey River.

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Loving Cape May as we do we managed two day trips there…a long drive but so enjoyable driving around the town.  Regrets that we couldn’t stop and enter some favorite shops.  Our lunch spot?  Predictable: Sunset Beach, but a blustery day.

 

Still at the southern extremes of the state we discovered and toured Town Bank on another day trip.  In looking up some things on Google Maps I had noticed a large community layout on the Delaware Bay side of the cape.  Shazam; something to investigate.  It begins from the road that leads to the Lewes Ferry.  The road from there passes north along the bay through North Cape May, Town Bank, the Villas, and then past a number of beaches until ending at Bidwell Creek above Reed’s Beach.  Yup, another lunch spot and we smiled as we ate.

We were entertained by the cormorants just off the entrance to Bidwell Creek.  No social distancing here. On the north shore there were dozens more waiting for an empty piling.

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As seen on the map we also had some trips up north, typically to known scenic destinations.  A favorite is Ken Lockwood Gorge, beautiful though tough to navigate on a single lane road with limited parking.

And the nearby Red Mill at Clinton, NJ, an iconic destination with its red-painted mill building at a waterfall.  Almost everyone shoots the mill and the waterfall from the nearby bridge or the parking lot across the river.  This, however, is what I saw that day while sitting there and enjoying our lunch.

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It was a fun nine weekends during which we saw things we hadn’t seen before as well as old friend sites.  In addition to lunching by lakes, bays or oceans we also enjoyed just meandering through rural areas and farmland.  Route 9 in Delaware north from Bombay Hook is just such a gem…rural villages with periodic glimpses of the Delaware River heading north.  We exposed no one including ourselves but it was sure a good treatment for our heads.  A parting scene….magnificent cherry trees in the Washington Crossing Park.

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BE WELL!!!!

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10 Responses to “QUARANTINING IN OUR CARS”

  1. Joann Morris Says:

    Loved to armchair travel with you.stay safe and our best to you both.

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Val Cross Says:

    Nice ideas, nice pix.

  3. Barbara Trought Says:

    A resident of New Jersey all my life, I loved “following” your routes and remembering favorite sites and sights.

    Do learn to say “Green witch” when asking directions,and you’ll be on Ye Greate Street sooner.

    Please identify the birds resting at the refuge.

    Barbara

    • Ralph Berglund Says:

      Thanks, Barbara. In re Green-witch, LOL. In college years as an engineering co-op with Atlantic City Electric I worked on their construction of a small generating station in Greenwich Township and struggled even then with the issue of Gren-itch vs., Green-witch. This spring when I finally got back to the customs port I asked a passerby about pronunciation. She seemed surprised but advised me.

  4. Karin M. Sannwald Says:

    I loved all of your South Jersey photos. The areas looks so peaceful, just what I needed in this difficult time. Thank you > Karin

  5. Janet Says:

    Ralph, a delightful post as always. Thanks for the tour of places I visited over the years. Just like you said, i took my photos of the Red Barn from the bridge and across the street. Now how’d you guess that??
    Thanks for the Memories!

  6. Claire Says:

    A really sane way to navigate through this covid 19! Obviously, a creative couple making lemonade! Very uplifting, thanks for including me. Hugs, Claire

  7. Matt Vollmer Says:

    Ralph & Barb, what a safe and creative way to use this abundance of free time we all have had! I went to “Green Witch” about 20 years ago by navigating up the Cohansey in my SeaRay. I overnighted likely at the same marina you referenced, however the Trumpy wasn’t there then. I do remember that the Cohansey (with the possible exception of Fortescue), must be the Greenhead capital of NJ! I was being bitten so constantly, I could barely back into the slip!
    The town was a welcome step back in time. Up in a tree, there even was a cutout sign of a green witch riding a broom just to help clear up any pronunciation questions.

  8. Jeanne Says:

    Enjoyed your photos!
    What a great plan & pleasant way to spend time together, in a world gone mad!
    Had I known, you could have spent a rare
    afternoon in a surreal, empty NYC, & stayed o’nite at my granddaughter’s abandoned
    apt. in the theater district. (She moved out yesterday & her car was the only one parked on the street.)
    Stay safe!

  9. denisebushphoto Says:

    Wonderful post. I am so glad you are getting out! I love your map and in the past I thought it would be fun if GPS could record my movements over a longer period. It would look something like that with a lot more lines! I enjoyed seeing some familiar places and new places too, and especially, your take on them. I like to take rides too, even if I don’t capture anything to my liking and it is also what is keeping me sane! Keep getting out there while staying safe.


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