Day 41 of a Year Long Road Trip Along America’s Scenic Byways
High Point State Park
After a repeat visit to the Walmart where I spent Thursday night, I headed off to High Point State Park in New Jersey. The park is complete with lakes, trails crisscrossing through the forest, and even an obelisk that sits atop the Kittatinny Ridge. The dogs and I took the scenic drive up to the 1,800 foot summit.
Along the way, I noticed the fall foliage has more of a brown tinge. I’m not sure if it is because it is a week later, different soil and water, or if it is because New Jersey is farther south and slightly warmer. Is there a dendrologist reading that can chime in? Regardless, the colors are still pretty and remind me of some of the crayons that can be found in the 64 pack!
Scout, Petey, and I went for a 3 mile walk at the top of the summit. As I waved away the gnats, I met Ted and his 9 year old daughter. With cell service on the summit, I asked if they wanted to geocache. I needed to pick one up in New Jersey, and I thought it would be fun for Alexandra to find one.
So after a short introduction to geocaching, Ted and Alexandra joined me in looking for an ammo can. The cache, hidden between two boulders was full of goodies. Alexandra took a magic 8 ball. Toward the end of our walk, we found another cache from which I took a geocoin. I will have to drop it off in Pennsylvania, the next state on my itinerary.
Ted works with a sporting goods company and is the liaison between IT and sales. Naturally, we started talking about football and baseball. Given his company is based in the Northeast and the Phillies and the Yankees both got knocked out of the World Series over the weekend, he expected a gloomy Monday.
Ted’s House in New Jersey
On the other hand, football was on, and I got to spend the afternoon watching football at Ted’s house! We had burgers, chips, homemade apple pie, and S’mores! He and his daughter had even picked the apples. Not that we needed two desserts, but it is hard to pass up S’mores on the outside fire. Especially when a rainbow forms in the pink clouds from a sprinkle during sunset.
I had only planned to stay a few hours and then camp at another state park in New Jersey, but the driveway became home to me, the mutts, and VANilla. ETB
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