Quiet weekends at home – there is nothing wrong with them! Binge watching your favorite show on Netflix, curling up with a good book, perfecting your favorite recipe… it all sounds delightful. However, when the weather is beautiful and the open road beckons, quiet weekends can quickly transform into action-packed adventures. What started out for my wife and I as a weekend of a few appointments, catching up on some movies, and working around the house, instead became a trip to a hilltop garden, a walk through the oldest zoo in New Jersey, and a boat tour of a lake in search of wildlife.
Come along, then, on this unplanned adventure through New Jersey. I’ll also share a fun video update about a Honda Accord nearing a million miles, an article that should resonate with any Honda or Acura owner, and sketch out the plans for the coming summer months.
Presby Iris Gardens
Bridgeton and Lake Alloway
Odds and Ends
Before closing, I had a few items I wanted to pass along. First, for anyone who owns a Honda or Acura vehicle, you’ll be pleased to know that a recent study states that vehicles from these brands have the lowest cost of ownership for service and warranty costs. The average Honda requires $21 of maintenance over its first three months of ownership. Compare that to Volvo at $69 and Chevrolet at $83 over the same time span! While hardly the sole reason to buy a car, it’s nice to know that a well-made vehicle will often result in lower costs of ownership.
Speaking of a well-made vehicle, I received positive feedback for my feature of an 800,000 mile 2003 Honda Accord EX-L V6 coupe in my last post. The car’s owner, Justin, recently released a video tour of his amazing machine, and I’m pleased to share it here:
Finally, we will be taking a family vacation in the coming weeks, so this post is going to be the last post for a few weeks. I plan to come roaring back strong with a write-up of those adventures, along with some more automotive updates… and yes, there will be bird pictures galore!
This weekend’s adventures prove that New Jersey is filled with hidden gems throughout the state. Whether you’re interested in visiting a beautiful garden, stopping by historic buildings, or experiencing nature and wildlife up close, the Garden State has it all within a short drive. Presby Gardens are open daily from dawn until dusk and are free to visit, but check the website for information on when the irises are in bloom. Cohanzick Zoo is open daily from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and is free to visit (although donations are appreciated). Alloway Lake is open to the public, although there is a fee for boat launches for non-residents.
Thank you for coming along on this journey through the open roads of New Jersey!