Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday Shoot-Out Touch the Sky

Here is a baby Robin we saw at our trip to Grounds for Sculpture.  
We were not sure what it was and a woman there who has been birding for over twenty years told us. 
The picture above and below were taken in Avalon New Jersey.  Above is the path to the beach and as you can see from the sky, it was a fairly decent beach day.  In the picture below, you see the famous Lucy the Elephant.  There is a decent snack bar in front of Lucy so you can take a picture with Lucy and get a bite to eat, which is what my husband and I did!
Avalon Post

 Although it is a bit foggy, you can see the Atlantic City skyline from Avalon.
The pic above was taken at a local dog beach.  Our dog Leia was not interested in getting in the water and almost adopted a new owner who was further away from the ocean.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Four Sentence Book Review: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

I enjoyed The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd and found the character development to be well-done.  Another great aspect of this book was the historical perspective.  She used characters that actually existed in history and imagined quite well what might have led them down certain paths.  This book would make an excellent point of comparison with Toni Morrison's Beloved for the sake of a book club.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Friday Shoot-Out: Paths and Summer Woods

This path leads to the beach at Avalon, New Jersey.  I recently posted about my experience there 
This sculpture is on the grounds of one of the coolest places to visit in NJ. My trip to Grounds for Sculpture

Here are some woods around a lake near where I live that is peaceful.  There are turtles, birds, and geese.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Avalon New Jersey: Walking the Beach

I recently visited Avalon, New Jersey.  My husband James and I like to visit different places and experience some of the special aspects of it.  On this particular trip, we found many horseshoe crabs on the beach.  These particular ones had claws showing.  We also visited a place called Duck Donuts.  You pick an icing, a drizzle, and a topping for your donut--they have many flavors.  James went with vanilla icing, maple drizzle, and bacon topping (he was pleased with his choice).  I chose peanut butter icing, salted caramel drizzle, and chocolate jimmies (aka sprinkles).  I was also pleased with my choice!  If you have the chance to go to Avalon, this place is definitely worth checking out.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Grounds for Sculpture: Art and the Outdoors

I recently visited Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton New Jersey.  I love this place.  There are so many sculptures all over the large grounds.  The sculptures are in all sorts of styles as well as sizes.  Some of them are breath-taking in their largeness.  While there, we ate at Rats, a fine-dining restaurant with a French emphasis.  The food was delicious.  There are also more casual dining options on the grounds.  The art of the sculptures are not the only attraction.  The landscaping has its own art.  They have manicured the grounds with the sculptures in mind so that there is this really great synergy between nature and art.  The last picture shown is not a sculpture but a baby robin that was crying out in one of the trees.  We did not know what kind of bird it was and some birders helped us identify it.  If you live in New Jersey or are visiting, I highly recommend checking Grounds for Sculpture out!! 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Friday Shoot-Out: Far Out

One of the far out places that I like to visit in New Jersey is the Pine Barrens.  It is easy to get lost in the Pine Barrens.  It is also easy to not get lost.  They have a lot of camp grounds and trails that if you stick to them, you will easily find your way.  However, stray from the paths, and you can be lost for days!  Camping in the Pine Barrens is fun.  We often do cold-weather camping in the winter which requires proper gear.  Luckily, my husband has the necessary gear!  Our dog went with us on this particular camping trip.  She loves running around the camp area.  She generally stays close to us so we don't have to worry about her running off and getting lost.  Another fun thing to do in the Pine Barrens is canoeing down the Mullica Hill River.  I did not do that but my husband and his friend did.  They fell into the river at one point but were able to salvage all their equipment.  We have also hiked through the Pine Barrens several times which is fun, relaxing, and great exercise!