Cherry Blossom Festival at Branch brook Park by Barbara Dexter
The cherry blossoms are right about at peak, as of last evening. Hopefully today’s rain didn’t have too much of an effect on the blossoms. The Cherry Blossom Festival is in Branch Brook Park in Newark, NJ. Simply drive along Branch Brook Parkway and see the blossoms without having to walk. I prefer to take a stroll among the blooms.
Many people take photos of themselves, or “selfies” if you like, near the beautiful blooms. Although yesterday was cold and breezy, it was very relaxing to stroll in the park. This park is in an urban area, that doesn’t see many tourists, unless the trees are in bloom. The county has set up an information booth and rest area in accommodation.
A Winter Hike at South Mountain Reservation by Barbara Dexter
Once again it felt like the four walls of my home were closing in on me and I just had to get outside and do something. It was a cold winter day this day. A hike in the winter needs a little preparation, but is not undoable. Think long underwear under your regular comfortable clothing. Proper footwear and socks for warm, and dry feet are also a must. If it is icy outside, adding ice gripping attachments to your shoes goes a long way to keep you from falling and injuring yourself.
South Mountain Reservation has a plowed road (Crest Rd) that is available to walk on year round. It is a frequent place for families with children just learning how to ride bicycles, or with baby strollers. It is also a favorite of dog walkers.
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.
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.
It was an ordinary day. I thought I would go for a walk in hopes of tracking down an ever elusive working cell phone battery. Since there are a few electronics and cell phone re-stores, I did not think this would be a problem. I must note I previously ordered on online and discovered it no longer worked after it was too late to get a refund. Since my cell phone carrier has stopped selling a replacement battery for my phone, I am left with the “mom and pop stands.” I was able to”try out” a battery after explaining my predicament to the sales clerk. I leave with an extra working battery, but for more money than I would have paid online. Well I figure at least I know it works for the time being and I can bring it back to the sales clerk. (At least I hope so.)
I continue on my walk to discover all that the shopping area has to offer. The following items I thought to be strange. Each was strange in its own way.