Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Return to Newark Airport

NJ Transit - New Jersey  2018

Airport Wine - New Jersey  2018

a) Mike was finally able to see the source of those train noises that he'd been hearing during the night.

b) Hali had managed to wrangle passes to the United Lounge at the airport. Mike and Dan had white wine, Hali had some trailmix and water (with lemon slices).

c) Then, evening in San Francisco, waiting for the Marin Airporter.


Waiting for Shuttle - San Francisco  2018

Monday, January 14, 2019

Monday Cormorant Blogging

Cormorants (Asbury Park) - New Jersey  2018

A group (also "flight, gulp, sunning, swim") of cormorants seen at Sunset Park, while on a fruitless attempt to find a mailbox. Below, houses on the other side of the road.


Houses (Asbury Park) - New Jersey  2018

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Asbury Park Afternoon

Ocean, Fence, Cloud (Asbury Park) - New Jersey  2018

Tables, Ocean, Clouds (Asbury Park) - New Jersey  2018

Walking around on the last day of our trip. (Well, maybe not the exact last day. Poetic license.)

[Update - So, bottom photo taken in the AM, just before sunrise.]

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Asbury Park Boardwalk - A.M.

Boardwalk (Asbury Park) - New Jersey  2018

Flags, Wind (Asbury Park) - New Jersey  2018

Early morning. Deserted, and quite chilly.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Allaire State Park

Building, Trees - New Jersey  2018

Brick Building - New Jersey  2018

Thanks to Google, we found Allaire State Park, just a short drive from our hotel in Asbury Park. Very nice: old buildings, scenic trees and some autumn colors.


Trees - New Jersey  2018

Leaves - New Jersey  2018

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Greetings from Asbury Park


Greetings (Asbury Park) - New Jersey  2018

Convention Hall Interior (Asbury Park) - New Jersey  2018

We stayed for two nights in Asbury Park in order to truly get the full New Jersey experience.

The full album is on Youtube!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Atlantic City

Peanut World (Atlantic City) - New Jersey  2018

Taffy (Atlantic City) - New Jersey  2018

We dropped by the famous Atlantic City boardwalk. Walked around a bit, took some photos, then left.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Civil War Monuments

Towanda Memorial - Pennsylvania  2018

Towanda Memorial - Pennsylvania  2018

The memorial in Towanda was dedicated in 1901. Inscription at base:

"In memory of the soldiers and sailors of Bradford Co. who defended their country in the War of the Rebellion 1861 to 1865."

The one in Allentown was erected in 1899. 

"On June 26, 1899 the cornerstone was laid. Taking part in the services was Rev. Stephen Albion Repass, the pastor of Allentown's St. John's Lutheran Church, and a former Confederate veteran who had fought and was captured at Gettysburg. He was one of the few members of Picketts's charge to make it over the fabled stonewall, later known as the high water mark of the Confederacy."


Allentown Memorial AM - Pennsylvania  2018

Monday, January 7, 2019

Monday Squirrel Blogging

Squirrel (Asbury Park) - New Jersey  2018

Seen on an Asbury Park residential street while walking around looking for a mailbox that never materialized.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Barnes Museum Exterior / Interior

Barnes Museum Exterior (Philadelphia) - Pennsylvania  2018

Barnes Museum Interior (Philadelphia) - Pennsylvania  2018


The history of the Barnes Foundation
is quite interesting, containing as it does stories of the eccentric founder, disputatious lawsuits and more.

The architecture is nicely minimalistic with a slightly Japanese esthetic. Again, like at the Corning Museum, Mike was more interested in the overall design of the museum than in the actual artworks being displayed, as probably should not have happened.


Barnes Museum Leaves (Philadelphia) - Pennsylvania  2018

Barnes Museum Visitor (Philadelphia) - Pennsylvania  2018

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Philadelphia (Cheese Steaks)


Steve's (Philadelphia) - Pennsylvania  2018

Barry's (Philadelphia) - Pennsylvania  2018

We took a day trip from Allentown to Philadelphia. Parked downtown and visited the Reading Market, a Pikes Place-type foodie destination. Spent some time walking around but didn’t get anything, other than some doughnuts that Dan bought.

Our two main goals were to sample a selection of Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches and to visit the famous Barnes Museum. So, first the sandwiches. We sampled three places: Steve’s, Barry’s, and Dalessandro’s. All the offerings were good, with perhaps a tie beween Barry’s and Dalessandro’s for first place. Third place goes to Steve’s, because they use pressed meat (we preferred chopped.)

[UPDATE:  But as Hali says (in the comments): "I do think the roll at Steve's was the best. Crunchy crust, soft interior."]


Dalessandro's (Philadelphia) - Pennsylvania  2018

Cheesesteak Condiments (Philadelphia) - Pennsylvania  2018

Friday, January 4, 2019

Stacks - 2

Abandoned Building (Bethlehem) - Pennsylvania  2018

Brick Wall, Vines (Bethlehem) - Pennsylvania  2018

The “Stacks” are now a popular entertainment venue! Also, there was a half-marathon being run when we were there, complete with loud announcements and rock ‘n roll music.

Another cold, windy morning, so we weren’t able to stay for long.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Stacks - 1


Blast Furnace (Bethlehem) - Pennsylvania  2018

Number Six (Bethlehem) - Pennsylvania  2018

Large abandoned industrial structures, left to rust away, trees and vines taking root here and there in the former Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces. A pathway complete with interpretive signs parallels the vacant factories. Quite impressive!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Allentown . . .

View from Hotel (Allentown) - Pennsylvania  2018

Street (Allentown) - Pennsylvania  2018

. . . had the nicest hotel of our trip (the Renaissance), but in a slightly dicey location. We had picked Allentown as a somewhat central spot, hoping to visit old steel mills, Philadelphia and possibly some rural areas. So, we didn’t spend that much time in Allentown, leaving in the morning and coming back at night.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

New Year's Day - Pennsylvania Overlook

Farm, Susquehanna River - Pennsylvania  2018

Taken from the only scenic overlook of our trip.

Happy New Year!