Well here I am hours on the road, driving and seeing nothing but pine trees. I have reached the end of the world. The cell phone has no signal, there is no internet service (well unless you drive back into civilization). I chose to do just that so I could post this to my readers. It is very cool during the day and first thing in the morning and just before dinner the black flies emerge. I am trying a new patch to ward off the black flies. I don’t know if it works. I know what definately works to ward them off is snow. Yes, I mentioned the four letter word S.N.O.W. I have arrived at prime apple picking time. The old trees in the orchard are loaded with them.
The country can be very rugged at times. You’ll notice some pictures of the path through the forest. I had a lovely hike over twigs, stumps, and roots some covered or partially covered by leaves. There was an old stream bed that was nice to walk in, because it was clear.
There are fabulous country views along the back country roads of RT 154 and 152. As well as a dose of civilization with a country church, grange hall, and a public library that was built in the 1800’s. The calico cat is my companion while at the library. He is such a friendly fellow.
Harvest time is a great time to enjoy the back country of Maine. It is both scenic and welcoming. Where else can you enjoy fresh produce while sipping on some Boone’s Farm Wine?
My Bike Trip on the Heritage Rail Trail from Monroe to Goshen, NY and Back by Barbara Dexter
This was a twenty mile trip from Monroe to Goshen, NY. It was about a 50 mile drive for me to get to the trail. So once there I was determined to enjoy myself. The first rest stop was at an old cemetary that is said to haunted. The dates on the stones were from the 1800’s. It is just set off the trail a short distance, but if you were not looking you would never see it. That is due to its small size. It is here that i crashed my bike to avoid hitting the person that stopped without warning in front of me. Yes it is only a mile or two from the start of the trail. After “licking my wounds for a short time”, I got back on my bike and continued the trip.
The trip continued through some trees and not far from civilization to the farmers market at the town of Chester, NY. I am told there is ice cream available nearby, though I didn’t personally partake in any. Chester has a lovely old train station where the farmers market is held.
The bike trip continued onward to Goshen, NY. Where the rest stop was the Harness Racing Museum, located only a short distance from the trail. Here was the lunch or snack stop at the benches located near the track. There was a horse and carriage out practicing while we lunched. The museum is free of charge. They do have a donation bucket, if you are so inclined. Inside is the harness racing simulator, a must try at least once.
I surprised myself by making the full twenty mile journey after having crashed near the start. The trail is fairly flat and well maintained. It is good for beginners and advanced cyclists. I hope you get out and enjoy.
My car radio is a wonderful accompaniment to driving on Route 280 East at rush hour. As people rush past only mere inches from my front bumper or cut into my lane in a sideswiping motion, my radio plays. I particularly enjoy the country songs “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” and “I Want to Talk About Me.” Somehow the little volume button miraculously adjusts to a higher volume as the traffic snare ensues. I’ve given up upon following the merge to the right that eventually leads me to the most convenient exit. Instead I find myself at the opposite side of the road wandering through the west side of Newark, past NJIT and eventually endingup in my parking lot near the Prudential Center. Many mornings I am early and have time to enjoy one last song before I begin my workday. Yes, my music has elicited stares from passerbys and fellow lot parkers, but it is always with me.
Today is warm and humid day with a high chance of afternoon thunderstorms. I chose today to go wandering through the sunflower maze in Sussex County. I was amazed at how extensive the maze was. I am told it occupies about 84 acres. The flowers are at about peak right now. I am told they will be at peak for about 2 weeks. So I decided to share my photos in case other people were interested in going here. The admission was $ 10 for adults and less for children.
Upon entrance to the field you are given a map of the maze. So in a sense it is not a true maze. People don’t get lost. It is very scenic and you can get up close to the flowers.
This is a great place to bring children, as they can search their way through the maze and also look for special objects. The lion above being just one of them.
The american flag was placed at the highest point on the field. There really was a great vantage point from near the flag. The whole field can be seen. It makes a lovely photo.
There is an old barn with silos at one corner of the field.
This photo shows the path through the maze is generous in width. This makes it easy to get around folks that have stopped for photos.
The rows are perfectly lined up and the blossoms have the characteristic bend near their tops.
The view from near the flag.
The website is www.sussexcountysunflowermaze.com
I hope you get a chance to see the sussex county sunflower maze in person.