Jersey Trip 2018

My great niece and nephews visited me in North Carolina for a week.  I had a full house.  I was concerned about having them stay with me for week, they are all teenagers, 14, 16, and 17.  The youngest one was the niece and she knew how to push you buttons.  I was also concern about driving them all back to New Jersey on Wednesday, but all went well.  While in Jersey Michele hooked up with her 4th cousin.  They met online thru Ancestry.  Her cousin Joan was from her father side of the family.  It seem that Michele dad had a large family, which wasn’t usually during the time period.  

While in Jersey, we stop at our old homestead in Atlantic Highlands and visit Michele best friend from high school in South Amboy.  I took over 256 pictures that weekend, unfortunately my Nikon camera acted up during a sunset shooting and lost a few excellent sunset shoots.  I will have go back to Sandy Hook and get some.  There was a lunar eclipse on Friday (27 July), it’s too bad it was cloudy and severe thunderstorms that evening.  The lunar eclipse was suppose to be  longest total lunar eclipse in the 21st century lasting   approximately 103 minutes.  Due to the rain, I wasn’t able to capture any of it. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes within Earth’s shadow. As the eclipse begins, Earth’s shadow first darkens the Moon slightly. Then, the Earth’s shadow begins to “cover” part of the Moon, turning it a dark red-brown color.

The equipment I used for taking my picture is Nikon D7100 with a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5/6 G ED VR lens, with my tripod for the sunset and moon-rise.

My first picture is of monarch butterfly from my back deck.  I used ISO 100 with an aperture setting of f/5.6, with. a shutter speed 1/60.  I zoomed in to 300mm.

The next of photos where taking from Perth Amboy.  When brother came to New Bern in May, Michele and I showed him the water front of New Bern.  Zack stated it looks like Perth Amboy.  Michele’s father was from Perth Amboy, so we had to check it out.  Hurricane Sandy in 2012 caused major damage to the Jersey Shore and New York area. It was reported that the damage total was ‎$68.7 billion US dollars.  The boats in Raritan Bay were tossed like toy boats and at the top of Raritan Bay Waterfront Park. 

When I was in Coast Guard and did my reserve duty at Governs Island, we used to patrol down the Arthur Kill.  It is also known as the Staten Island Sound, it’s a tidal strait and a kill between Staten Island, a borough of New York City, and Union and Middlesex counties in northern New Jersey.  I do not remember it looking so nice on both side of the Arthur Kill around Perth Amboy.


The next stop was the Navesink Twin Lights.  The Navesink Twin Lights is a non-operational lighthouse and museum located in Highlands, overlooking Sandy Hook Bay, the entrance to the New York Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. The Twin Lights, as the name implies, are a pair of beacons located 246 feet (75 m) above sea level on the headlands of the Navesink Highlands.

The next stop Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook.  When we were living in Atlantic Highlands, there was talk about creating a trail between Atlantic Highlands and Highlands.  They completed the trail and named it the “The Henry Hudson Trail”.  We didn’t get a chance to walk it or ride, maybe next time.  But on the way to Atlantic from the Twin Lights we stop at Mt. Mitchell Scenic Overlook.  Mount Mitchill in Atlantic Highlands is 266 feet (81 meters) above sea level and the highest headland of the United States east coast south of Maine.  There is also a 9-11 Memorial at the over-look. During 9-11, there were many commuters who work at the twin towers.   The over look is named after Samuel Latham Mitchell, who determine the height of the hill.

Monmouth County’s 9/11 Memorial at Mt. Mitchell has three symbolic components: a timeline walkway to recollect the day’s events; a stone base carved with the names, ages and hometowns of the county residents who lost their lives; and an eagle sculpture with a beam from one of the fallen towers.

Last stop for the day, Sandy Hook and Fort Hancock.

And then there is always the sunset and moon rise.


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