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My Bicycle Ride at Duke’s Farm in Sussex County.

My Bicycle Ride at Duke’s Farm in Sussex County by Barbara Dexter

As the rain continues to come down, I am remembering the bicycle tour I had at Duke’s Farm in Sussex County yesterday.  The farm encompasses about 2700 acres of land. It has it’s own power that is generated from a “sun farm”. A system of photovoltaic cells that harness power from the sun. They offer many environmentally friendly or green educational programs. The vehicles the farm uses are all powered by electricity.

Enough of that and ow to the pictures. The scenery is incredible.

 

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The right side of the welcome center.
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The entrance to the welcome center.
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The left side of the welcome center.
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A sign for the bike share program.
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The coach barn and clock tower.
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One of the coaches.
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The Duke family car.
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Inside the coach barn.
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The bull statue that stands outside the coach barn.
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As close s I could get on a bicycle to the Duke family house. It has restricted access due to the state of disrepair.
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The old mansion foundation.
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Part of the landscaping near the foundation.
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A water fountain near the foundation.
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The sign depicts what the proposed mansion would look like.
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This photo and the next two are of the lawn meadow.

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The greenhouse where the orchids are raised.
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The next few photos are of orchids and plants seen in the green house.

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The plants are incredible considering it is off season.

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A beautiful waterfall and lake. The waterfall is turned on twice a day. You can see there is an algae problem in the lake. Well at least something grows there, I guess.

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Can you believe how perfect this tree looks for climbing. Of course, there is a sign asking people not to climb the trees.
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This photo was taken at the pet cemetery.

I thought the cat should have at least been given a name. I think I will take it upon myself to call him Tuck. The first three letters stand for the unknown cat.

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A sign for the environmentally friendly “jiffy john.”
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There is a lovely statue garden in the remnants of the hay barn.
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A beautiful old tree.
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The sycamore trees lining a portion of the bike path.
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A scenic portion of the lake taken from the bike path.
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I’m not quite sure what this statue is depicting.

There are all sorts of animals depicted at the base of the statue. The statue can be seen near the hay barn.

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Taken near the welcome center.

There is a farmer’s market that sells the crops produced at the farm just beyond the banners. I personally like the owl banner.

The farm was fairly easy to access as it is located off route 206. Route 206 connects with Route 202 and then route 287. If you can find your way to route 287, you are almost there.

 

Is this Essex County? A Short Walk Around the Reservoir.

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A paddle boat in use on the Orange Reservoir.
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Swan paddle boats available for rent.
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Prices and rules…
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A swan boat in use on the reservoir.
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An educational opportunity.

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A lovely family of mallard ducks.

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The Turtleback Zoo entrance
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The path around the reservoir id paved.
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The reservoir at sunset.

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I will not be riding my bicycle here. What a pity.

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Is This Essex County? A short walk around the reservoir.  by Barbara Dexter

I decided to take an after work and check out the recently opened pathway that circles the Orange reservoir.  There is ample parking across from the paddle boat entrance on Cherry Lane. The path is about 2.5 miles in length. The scenery is beautiful. This is a good, relaxing, and well lit walk.  It is close to the Turtleback Zoo and mini golf.  If you don’t want to bring a snack, there is waterfront dining available. Well the waterfront dining will cost you.