If readers of this blog know one thing, it is that I always enjoy a good trip to the beaches of New Jersey. From my home-away-from-home of Cape May, to fantastic vacations in Sea Isle City, to climbing a lighthouse in Atlantic City, to photographing wildlife in Sandy Hook, you can usually find my Honda Accord parked beside the ocean whenever the opportunity presents itself. Over the past week, my wife and I have squeezed in no fewer than three trips to the coastline, photographing birds in flight, enjoying great food, and watching spectacular sunsets. Throw in some automotive updates, a couple of cool stories, and a sneak preview of an upcoming road trip, and we might just have the makings of a fun bit of reading. Let’s begin!
Three Beaches in Seven Days
Raritan Bay Waterfront Park
A Cape May Sunset
Updates and Cool Stories.
Over the past few weeks, I have come across a few interesting stories I wanted to pass along. I have also given both my wife’s Jeep Grand Cherokee and my Accord a thorough spring cleaning. I wanted to share these, before closing with a preview of next week’s exciting post!
The first item is an article from the technology website Ars Technica, that tells of the C.R. Patterson & Sons, the first (and only) Black-owned automaker in United States history. Originally a blacksmith, Charles Richard Patterson used his engineering expertise to enter the market of motorized buggies, before transitioning into building cars. When the automobile market became oversaturated, he shifted his company into constructing buses. Although the company closed in 1939, it is a fascinating story. Patterson seemed like a force to be reckoned with – in the late 19th century, he filed suit against the local school district in order to allow his son to attend an all-white high school. I’d highly recommend giving the story a read.
As you may have seen in previous posts, I began learning how to use a drone to add to my photographic repertoire. For true mastery of drone flight, check out this amazing video from jaybyrdfilms, where in a single take, a drone flies through Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater in Minneapolis. It is well worth the minute and twenty-seven seconds to watch:
Some Automotive Updates:
Some Cool News:
Wrapping Up, and Looking Ahead
It was a fun week of beach trips, but there is more yet to share! As I alluded to earlier in the post, the trip to Cape May was actually part of a longer trip that my wife and I took this weekend, exploring a historical route through New Jersey. Next week’s post will detail this fun adventure, as we traversed the Women’s Heritage Trail. I’m excited to share that post, and the new sites we discovered in my home state.
Thanks for coming along on this journey to the coastline of New Jersey – I shore hope you enjoyed it!