October 23, 2009

New Jersey As I Know It....

The state of New Jersey often takes a 'bum rap' when it comes to reputation. That bad reputation as an unattractive black sheep to New York is undeserved and comes from people whose only sight of N.J. is from the Newark Airport corridor, a section of unbridled industrialization that leaves much to be desired.
That area, however , is a tiny section of a beautiful state with millons of acres of forested land, gorgeous seashore and lovely mountains and lakes.

 New Jersey is second only to Kentucky in the raising of Thoroughbred horses.

New Jersey is called the Garden State because of it's abundance of small farm crops. Blueberries, cranberries, corn and the most delicious tomatoes in the entire world all are major crops in New Jersey. Gardens, especially vegetable gardens are popular and grow amazingly well in the slightly acid soil of NJ.

The colors of autumn in north Jersey are vivid with oranges, almost neon yellows and deep reds.
A ride through New Jersey in autumn is breathtaking because of the beauty and depth of the colors one will see there.

People pride themselves on planning for varied color Spring through Fall.

Most of NJ is still farmland. You will find hundreds of thousands of acres of good land growing crops and hosting dairy farms.
New Jersey's rich yellow Guernsey milk is delicious and healthful.

The Delaware River flows between the border of NJ and Pennsylvania. It is a beautiful place to visit and typical of what can be seen along the border from north to south.

Rushing falls surge into the Delaware River that flows into Delaware Bay far to the south.

Nothing unusual here. NJ has thousands of waterfalls, big and small. From the Great Falls in Passaic County to the ice cold rushing falls of the forests both in north and south Jersey, the breathtaking views are too numerous to mention.
Every nook and cranny is filled with eye pleasing sights.
I don't think there is a section of the state that does not have something worth seeing and remembering.

There is beauty from the top of the state ......

To the Bottom.....
Blue oceans and white sugar sand are the norm.
New Jersey beaches are safe , easy to access and cleaner than most.
Surfing is good and swimming is protected with great life guard teams throughout the summer .
Right on down to the Cape at the bottom of the pennisula, it just gets prettier and prettier as you go along.

There are barrier islands also, narrow and with sections untouched and pristine.

Most towns have their own beaches.

View from beach entrance in Spring Lake a town of Victorian homes situated on the ocean and around a lake

The majority of New Jerseyans live in small quiet towns.

Princeton in Fall

Princeton University

Newark New Jersey

Luncheonettes are popular

Papermill Playhouse

Pine Barrens, Millions of acres

The red Mill  is famous

NJ Neighborhood
from a real estate page. Home for sale on creek


  1. Hi Annie,
    Oh it's so beautiful in here with the new header, did you paint that? It looks like a photo.
    What a great portrayal of New Jersey, it almost makes me want to pack up my things and move there. Such a beautiful place! And a proud place to live. Thanks for showing us the real NJ. I can't believe the waterfalls, I would have never guessed! Wonderful!

  2. It looks incredibly beautiful. I've driven through parts of New Jersey. I fell in love with New York State which I think must be similar.

  3. Hi Annie: I just love your entry. I've been hear a long time thoroughly enjoying your State. Your deer have shorter legs than ours and thicker chests. Beautiful. I love the old mill--oh, I just love it all!!
    Have a fantastic weekend. HUGS

  4. You make me almost wish I could move back home. :) I tell folks all the time NJ is called the Garden State for a very good reason. Most people only get to see whats around the airport....and thats sad for sure.

  5. Fabulous post, Annie! I think I hear the New Jersey board of tourism knocking on your door! It really is beautiful. I watch Regis every am and Kelly Ripa is always saying great things about NJ and how she'd just as soon keep it's charms a secret. she's a native. ;) The fall photos are glorious as are the seashore photos. Makes me want to visit, for sure! (((Hugz)))

  6. What a marvelous testament to an unfairly underrated state ! There is a wonder and beauty to it , as evidenced by your "tour "...what a lovely place to live ! Thank you for all you do ! ( Wonderful header !!!)


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