Cape May Lighthouse

Cape May Lighthouse

 

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This is a staple to all of us grown-ups, growing up in the area. We all have seen this Cape May beauty at one point in our lives. Most Probably when we were kids.

The lighthouse still to this day serves as a focal point for navigating ships even with all of our modern-day technology.

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Cape May Lighthouse

 

It stands at 157 feet high.

This was the 3rd lighthouse built in the vicinity and has been around since 1859. It was built by the brick that was used as the previously lighthouse. (They were green back then and didn’t know it, haha!)

It contains 199 stairs to reach the top. Offering unobstructed panoramic views of the bay and gorgeous coastline.

If you are a bird watcher, this is an extremely popular location in our area.

It is known as one of the most awesome spots in America to see the migration of hundreds of hawks in the fall.

This location is also a prime area for other migratory species of birds, horseshoe crab mating, the passage of the monarch butterflies and dragonflies.

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Cape May Lighthouse Sign

There are many hiking trails also around the lighthouse bursting with wildlife.

Also, on the premises, a WW2 bunker. At low tide you can see the turrets in the front of it. It aided as protection of any potential incoming attacks during that era. From the air, it looks like a natural hill. Kind of clever to do that, eh? After, Pearl Harbor we definitely beefed up our National Security that’s for sure.

It’s definitely a place I enjoyed as a kid and a place I will take my son, as my parents did before me.

It’s our Philly area tradition.

Thomas Edison Museum, Menlo Park, NJ

Thomas Edison Museum

37 Christie Street, Edison, NJ
(A city named after this infamous dude)

Top places to see in the Philadelphia Area before you die.

This museum is extraordinary. It is now a historic National Park. A majority of New Jersey residents never think about Thomas Edison. However, Thomas Edison has developed over 1,093 different patents. The phonograph, light bulb, the alkaline battery, and even the invention of the video camera.

He is NJ’s most famous inventor.

What we enjoy today in our modern convenience of electronics. He was instrumental in creating.

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Hello, I’m Mr. Thomas Edison. Photo courtesy of photobucket.

 

I remember going here as a child and seeing the actual workshop he created these inventions in. Feeling awe-inspired as a young girl.

I vividly recall hearing a recording of, “Mary had a little lamb”. The first words ever recorded on this planet my friends. On an original phonograph. The laboratory of his inventions has remained untouched in decades and is truly a sight to see. They have also kept up with the preservation of the architecture.

This is a wonderful kid friendly exhibit.

Adults would truly appreciate what this place has to offer as well.

One of the most famous black inventors was an assistant to Mr. Edison.

Lewis Latimer who has not received credit that he rightfully deserves in the history books.

Latimer designed the filament used in the successful invention of the lightbulb. He also developed the electronic circuitry in the lightbulb. Mr. Latimer was also an assistant to Alexander Graham Bell developing the plans for the telephone.

Can you say genius?

The museum has been totally redesigned and completely renovated.

It is definitely worth the trip in seeing in your lifetime.

It is good to gain some education in our small miniscule Jersey minds.

Did a lightbulb just go off? Nope. It was just the lightbulb at the Thomas Edison museum. Haha

Popcorn Park Zoo, Forked River, NJ

 

Popcorn Park Zoo

Open 7 days a week, plus holiday hours!
Forked River, NJ
http://www.ahscares.org/page2.asp?page=popcornpark

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Easy to get to in South Jersey and virtually unknown is Popcorn Park Zoo in Forked River (from Rt. 70)

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Popcorn Park Sign

 

What makes this zoo special is they have over 200 rescued animals that have been abused, exploited, or sick, and this is a refuge for them.

There are tigers, monkeys, camels, wallabies, horses, tortoises, pythons, bears, cougars, plus a ton more animals to see!

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A peacock at Popcorn

 

A more intimate approach to the zoos in the area, plus your admission is helping the direct care of these animals.

Picnic areas and refreshments are available as well as popped popcorn (hence the name) to feed some of the wildlife and birds.

 

Grandpa Passed Tonight

So it is without saying…You really can die from a broken heart. I got the news tonight that my grandfather has passed. He is now with grandma in heaven. She died a few weeks ago as I mentioned it here on the blog. He has since declined from the moment of her passing.

I hope they are in heaven now in each other’s arms.

Live and Love with no regrets. As you get older, more people seem to pass all around you. You start to see how fragile things are and try not to take things for granted.

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Arizona sunset

 

I have been on a path as of late finding my happiness. It has been quite fulfilling. I have lost a lot of weight and recently started going back to the gym on a daily basis. I am a few pounds away from my goal weight. Best of all, I not only look good, but I feel great! I am eating healthier than ever. I have made new friends and still love my old friends just the same. I’m finding out there’s a lot of love in this world. People just want to connect with others. It is as simple as that!

These adventures I write about aren’t just me going out. They are my livelihood. The essence of my soul. I find true tranquility when I am out in the middle of nowhere. With not a soul around. I love it. I had one encounter with a gentleman at the gym tonight talking about the website. He asked and I get this a lot. “Are you ever scared being out in the middle of nowhere like that?” My answer tonight as it always is, NO. As each day passes, I have learned you can’t live in fear and you can’t be fearful. Life is too short and precious.

I am a simple girl with a big heart and smile. A lover of life and I embrace those all around me. I truly care for those I love.

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Hopefully, happy and together now

So enjoy your day everyone. Remember to smile and it is the little things to enjoy. Your simple sweet act can brighten someone’s whole entire day. Learn to live in the moment.

Until our next adventure, my friends.