Thursday, May 21, 2009

Heading Down The Highway Part II

Heading Down The Highway Part II

(Going From Berlin, NJ to the Jersey Shore at Silver Lake via the New Jersey Turnpike)

But first stopping for gas before heading to the turnpike.
New Jersey is only one of two states where you are not allowed to pump your own gas.
They do it for you and clean your windshield too!
And the gas is even cheaper in New Jersey than Virginia because the sales tax on gas is lower.
By the way, the other state where they pump the gas for you is Oregon.

These guys are really serious about getting your windshield clean.
First, the soapy water from the bucket and then the squeegy dry brush stroke.
It is like a scene from the '50s. Where's Fonzie?

Heading down the highway.

Admiring the homes in Hammontown, NJ which has the very interesting distinction by the Philadelphia Inquirer as being the most Italian city in the United States. More Italians per households of any town in the U.S. Who knew?! And how do they verify this statement? By the census? Maybe by counting all the Italian flags flying in the town or by counting all the garden plots? In Hammontown, NJ there are lots of organic Italian gardens and lots of grape arbors for growing grapes for making homemade Italian style wine. Sandra says this will be her project after retiring from teaching this June. Making homemade wine from grapes grown on the Jersey shore.
Which house do you like? The ranch above or this one with the big wraparound porch?

Heading down the highway.

Passing all the pine trees in the pine barrens of New Jersey and then admiring the acres and acres of blueberry fields. Reminding ourselves that New Jersey is The Garden State that grows lots of fresh veggies as well as fruits like blueberries, cranberries, apples and peaches.

At last reaching our destination: the boardwalk at Silver Lake on the Jersey shore.
Look below. There's the boardwalk.
It is the longest non- commercial boardwalk in New Jersey as well as the United States.
Only don't technically call it a boardwalk because it is made of Trex.
On the boardwalk.
More photos tonight for Skywatch Friday.


DragonQuilter said...

Well I have to say I am partial to the wrap around porch shot!! Beautiful shots all around...I always enjoy seeing where you've been and what you have been seeing!

fishing guy said...

Joan: They said we couldn't pump your own gas because of accidents but there have been few problems.