There were definitely no blog posts planned until the end of the month, until after my wife and I returned from a long-planned family vacation. Nope, this was going to be a quiet, road-trip-free several weeks until late June. However, thanks to Atlas Obscura, a website dedicated to hidden and offbeat travel destinations, we were enticed to get back on the road once again. From a historic 19th century village, to the site of the end of World War I in a mall parking lot, to a telephone pole farm, we had plenty to draw us into a new adventure.
After exploring some obscure New Jersey locations, I’ll also share some news on some automotive upgrades, and give some coming attractions for the next few weeks.
Obscure New Jersey
The Telephone Pole Farm
The End of World War I
An Automotive Update
After more than six years of ownership, my 2012 Honda Accord, with over 174,000 miles, has certainly accumulated some wear and tear. The front bumper, in particular, has taken a beating from countless rocks and stones, shards of rubber from the blown tires of trucks on the highway, and random roadway debris. I decided to splurge and have my car refreshed this summer, beginning with the front bumper being sanded and repainted by a local body shop. I wanted to share the results here:
I even shot a quick walk-around video to share how happy I am with the way the car came out!
Thanks to Atlas Obscura, a quiet Saturday morning transformed into a fun-filled mini road trip through northern New Jersey. Waterloo Village, part of Allamuchy Mountain State Park in Stanhope, is open from dawn until dusk every day. Highlands Ridge Park, created on land once owned by Bell Labs, is operated by Chester Township. To visit the telephone pole farm, turn into the entrance on North Road (Route 513) and park in the overflow parking lot near the roadway. From there, it is only a short walk to the “farm.” The WWI treaty site is located in a parking lot for a shopping plaza that includes a P.C. Richards & Sons electronics store and a Burger King. There is no walkway from the parking lot to the treaty site, so do be careful of oncoming traffic!
Thanks for coming along on this visit to obscure New Jersey sites along the open road ahead!