Saturday, August 11, 2012

NJ, we don't live here anymore!!!

Freehold, NJ 07728
Turkey Swamp County Park, Freehold, NJ 07728
Site #B-2 $37./day (Nothing is cheap in NJ)
Our rating 3.5 out of 5
SITES: All great shaded, private sites. Many are NOT big rig accessible. All are great for pop-up and tent camping.
HOOK UPS: W&E. The water is located at edge of site, so you need an extra long water hose. Dump station in center of park.
BATHROOMS: Didn't look
LAUNDRY: Only 2 washers & 2 dryers. Need to purchase tokens at ranger office.
$3.00 for wash, $3.00 for dry. (Like I said, nothing is cheap in NJ)
PETS: Pets allowed
WIFI: None
AT&T PHONE: 5 bars
AREA/TOWN/SIGHTS: Lots to see. This is the "Jersey Shore". 45 minutes to NYC
Couldn't get an open sky view for Direct TV Satellite.
B-8 is big rig friendly.

New Jersey:
So glad we don't live here anymore.  NJ is not all bad.
If you like the Ocean, there is the beach, but it's expensive and crowded.
A lot of history here. Much action here during the Revolutionary War.  MONMOUTH BATTLEFIELD PARK has Revolutionary War reenactments.
Sandy Hook as we locals call GATEWAY NATIONAL RECREATION AREA is an interesting place to visit. There's a lighthouse, historic buildings called "Officer's Row" & a beach area.
Taking a boat ride from Highlands, NJ is really fun. It will go towards NYC, so you can get quite a view of the city.
Belmar, NJ is a popular college beach area. Lots of bars.  There's also BELMAR MARINA, where you can rent a party boat for a group of friends, or go deep sea fishing about 15 miles off shore. Many years ago,  I went bluefish fishing on a boat out of Belmar. Had a blast and yes, I caught a bluefish.

Ocean Grove, NJ is a really quaint town. There are many Victorian buildings and Bed & Breakfasts in this town.  The Great Auditorium is worth a look. There are all kinds of concerts still held here.
Lots of restaurants and cute shops in the center of town.  Stardust Memories (Woody Allen) was filmed in Ocean Grove.
Also in Ocean Grove is "Tent City", which are buildings surrounding the Great Auditorium. These buldings are a wood structure in the back half (about the size of a large shed) and canvas tent in the front half.
Courtesy of "The Coaster" Newspaper
But with the good , you'll have to deal with the high RV Park prices. 1 mile up the street at the RV "Resort" we stayed at last year, we would be paying $55./day! So $37./day is "cheap".
And you will have to deal with NJ traffic and NJ drivers and expect to be on the receiving end of the NJ salute while driving.
The Finger
And of course, please refer to my past post, about NJ jughandles!!!
RV LIFE: Scott has been dreading our trip to NJ. He feels like he's going back to a job he hates after a wonderful vacation. He's dreaded the drive from MA to NJ. He avoided both the George Washington and Tapenzee bridges. He'd rather go West and out of our way rather than drive the RV through NYC traffic, shore traffic, etc.
I, on the other hand just figure it's 2 weeks. That will fly by. We have a lot to get accomplished in that 2 week period. The campground we are staying at is nice and relaxing, so that can be our safe haven away from the busy traffic and daily to do list.

Another hot, humid and miserable week weather wise. Thank goodness we are in the shade. The AC is on all day and we'll be inside all day!

We have been back in NJ for a week. We've had our 2 dogs to the vet, ourselves to our General M.D., Scott to the Podiatrist (diagnosis, arthritis), our truck to the mechanic, a visit to my brother, a visit to a knitting pal & a visit to an ex co-worker. Haven't made it to our storage unit yet. That will be depressing. Next week is a full schedule also.
Devin, Devin, Devin...yes again he's in trouble. Just when we thought he was trustworthy, we came home to a happy boy and this.
That is Devil, oops I mean Devin on our bed proud of his handy work or more appropriate, his mouthy work. He tour apart Scott's pillow. Back in the crate again when we go out.

Phantom Prey (Lucas Davenport, #18)Phantom Prey by John Sandford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The main character, Lucas Davenport is a likeable guy. Family man and upright detective. This story takes us in two directions. The first being a series of killings among the "Goth" crowd. The other story about catching a mob boss. Odd how one does not have anything to do with the other, but helps make the book a more interesting read.
A little sci-fi added, which surprised me.  Overall, an enjoyable read.

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Final DiagnosisFinal Diagnosis by Roger C. Dunham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Written by a doctor, so a lot of REAL medical terms were used.
Two interns on a month's rotation in the "jail ward", meaning prisoners from the local prison are treated on this 13th floor.
Some interesting prisoners, almost funny in an odd sense, sort of like the characters of the author Carl Hiaasen.
Interns get involved in the patients and also start questioning procedures.
More than 3/4 of the book is really just a medical story, sort of like E.R. The mystery part doesn't develop until the last quarter of the book.
Held my interest. If you are not into medical drama, this is not for you.

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The Nanny Diaries (Nanny #1)The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I read one chapter and had enough. This author is very bitter. I was already tired of hearing her negative generalizations of her potential employees.
With her attitude, I was NOT looking forward to hearing about the children. Especially since I'm not particularly fond of children and not afraid to admit that.
Did not finish, did not even get past chapter one.

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  1. 20% taxes? WOW, note to self: avoid NJ.

  2. Dave, you got me thinking how a daily fee could go from $37. to $44? I have amended the price in the post. Thanks.

  3. Would love to see you while you're in the area, Deb. Had a death in our family, so funeral tomorrow. Have off on Fri if you're available.
    Barb xo

  4. You made all that progress to get out west and now you have to start over.


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