Travels in New Jersey

Morning on the Lake

Morning on the Lake

I am still in New Jersey. I just can’t seem to stay out of hospitals. This morning I am sitting in the waiting room of the Morristown Hospital waiting. My brother-in-law is having a procedure done today and I am being my sister’s waiting buddy. Right now I have a lovely view of the trees. This is what you do in life. You support others. Even if the hospital is not my favorite place, well, here I am. At the moment this is the only place I could think of being. This day I am being thankful for a good medical system and all those people that work within it. I used to be one of them.

Duck on the Lake

Duck on the Lake

Eastern Blue Jay

Eastern Blue Jay

I have been really relaxing and enjoying my time here. The days have been a mix of rain and sun. For my western friends get this…they had 5 inches of rain yesterday. That is half of our annual average. I figure they need to build an aqueduct across the U.S. and send the water west. Well, that is not going to happen.

Jed, Adrienne, Janet, Ginny waiting at Shanghai Joe's

Jed, Adrienne, Janet, Ginny waiting at Shanghai Joe’s

Saturday I went into NYC, had a foot reflexology treatment in Chinatown with my sister and my niece, Adrienne, followed by the most delicious soup dumplings at Shanghai Joe’s. When I was younger NYC seemed to be so overwhelming and it was a major adventure to go into the city. Sunday we drove in and Adrienne’s boyfriend, Jed waited for us. It doesn’t seem to be a major event anymore. Even though I like the city no way could I imagine living there. It was fun to spend time with my family.

view of the Delaware & New Hope Toll Bridge built in 1814

view of the Delaware & New Hope Toll Bridge built in 1814

Sunday I spent in Lambertville, NJ on the Delaware River. This is a quaint little town that started as a mill town. Today it is known for it’s antiques and art. It also has one of the longest hiking trails in NJ. It follows the Delaware-Raritan Canal. When this canal was built it carried supplies and goods. Today it is a major outdoor recreation area. When I drove into the town I had a moment of longing for my road bike. There were bikes everywhere. Lambertville was the end of a bike race. It was a busy place.

Janet & Chris

Janet & Chris

Chris is one of those friends where we don’t see each other for years but when we do it is like we were together yesterday. She has always had my back. I remember years ago when I was in need of someone to talk to she was there. I can call her in the middle of the night and she will be there. I have learned over the past 3 years that friends do not need to ¬†live close to love and support you. Chris has certainly been right there for Jim and myself. I am thankful for her unconditional support and on-going friendship, and that we always have a good time together.

Roadtrek in the Garden

Roadtrek in the Garden

My cute little Roadtrek continues to attract attention. It is parked in the garden at Ginny’s home. People who they haven’t seen in years are suddenly walking by the house. The mailman almost missed the boxes because he was checking out the RV. I have taken the neighbors for a ride. When I was in Lambertville, Chris and I spent a part of the afternoon sitting inside with the doors open, talking. I had 4 people stop by and ask about it. I am now starting a guest book. Who knew I would be so popular. The reality is I am not popular at all, the Roadtrek is. If all goes well I will be driving north this weekend.

Thinking of my friends, far and wide and being thankful.

Janet & Jim in Peru

Janet & Jim in Peru

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