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HIGH POINT STATE PARK, which is the highest point in New Jersey is located in Montague in Sussex County. At 1,803 feet above sea level it is the highest peak of the Kittatinny Mountains. At the peak of the highest point is the 220 ft High Point Monument- from the top you can see New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
It’s been 40 years since I’ve been there so on a recent summer-like day in March my daughter Patty, granddaughter Tiffany, and I decided to go exploring.
There are 291 stairs to the top. I climbed it on my first visit to the monument in Sept, 1972.. I snapped this picture because I knew I’d never do it again. The monument isn’t open for the season yet so I didn’t have to find out if I would or not.. I like to think I would have tried.
Same view today but from the base of the monument.
Views of New Jersey
With a little help from this…
… you can see really, really far…
There are hiking and biking trails, picnic areas and a lake.
As the name of my blog implies yes, I am obsessed with Martha’s Vineyard… but I am also proud of my home state of New Jersey.
(There may have been some liberties taken with a few of the photographs… can you guess which ones?)
As promised in my last post, here is the NY Public Library on 5th Ave.
The cornerstone was laid in May 1902. It was completed in 1910 but it took another year for all the books to be moved in. The library was officially opened at a dedication ceremony in May 1911.
Let’s enter …
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The reason Deb and I were at the library in the first place was to see a small exhibit they had on the wonderful PBS Masterpiece series ‘Downton Abbey.’ Turns out the exhibit was across the street but had we known that we wouldn’t have had the pleasure of exploring this beautiful building.
In my post of Feb 24th…’Painting Party’… I said I had one more birthday gift to collect. I did that recently with my daughter Deb. There are actually two gifts to tell about. One I knew about, one I didn’t.
Dylan’s Candy Bar I knew about… but before we went there we walked a little further down E 60th St to.
Serendipity 3 for lunch. Why there? Well, because of their famous, delicious, heavenly chocolate dessert….. Frozen Hot Chocolate, which I adore.
I would have gone straight for the frozen hot chocolate but Deb said we should at least have a sandwich or something first. They were okay. I only ate half of the chicken salad and Deb’s prosciutto sandwich turned out to be less than fresh… I’m pleased to say that the management generously rectified that situation.
And then…. tah dah… THE frozen hot chocolate.
Good to the last lick.. and as sinfully delicious as I remembered it… and yes, I drank it all by myself.
You might think we had no desire to even look at anymore sweets. Nope. Still had Dylan’s Candy Bar to visit and use my gift card from Deb.
So down the block we waddled to…
We were literally like kids in a candy store.
So much to look at, so much candy it boggled my mind. And there were other interesting things like this illuminated staircase.
Miscellaneous this and that… a birthday hat, and yes, apparently chocolate does aid in healing.
Starting at bottom left going clockwise: chocolate/raspberry bar – chocolate covered pretzel balls – a box of chocolate covered pretzels – chocolate covered krispies and chocolate covered sandwich cookies.
There was one other stop, the New York Public Library, but you’ll have to wait a bit for that post as I’m coming down off my sugar high and think I need to rest a bit
On January 14th we went to NYC to the second ‘Vogue Knitting Live’ at the Hilton.
It’s not just about sweaters, socks, shawls, mittens and such… look at these clever ways yarn is used… (CLICK ON PICTURES TO ENLARGE)
I call this MANnequin ‘Mr Softy’.
My attempt at a sunset picture from the train on the way home.
The usual energy of the city is heightened at Christmastime by the sounds and sights of the season.
When I decided to go into New York I thought I’d do the usual… see the Rockefeller Christmas tree, watch the ice skaters, visit St Patrick’s Cathedral.
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I started by walking up 34th St past Macy’s..
..then over to 5th Ave to Lord & Taylor to see their windows.
As I walked past the NY Public Library…
I decided to stop at Bryant Park which is behind the library. I’ve walked through it once before at Christmastime and didn’t have the time then to look at everything.
There’s an ice skating rink and a huge Christmas tree and tons and tons of pop up kiosks offering all kinds of trinkets and food. For nearly two hours I wandered happily around and yes, I treated myself to a little trinket.
I still wanted to see the Rockefeller Christmas tree so I began my trek. That’s when it happened… a celebrity was walking right in front of me… not easy for her to blend into the crowd.
Onward up 5th Avenue and finally…
By now I was getting tired.
A few last pictures as I headed back to Penn Station.
This of Radio City from a different angle…
Bye New York, thanks for a great day.
Commonly known in knitting and spinning circles (no pun intended) as, Rhinebeck. Deb and I set out at 7a.m. Saturday morning for our 2 hour drive.
Here we are within a half mile of the fairgrounds…this less than a half mile stretch took over a half hour. There are almost a jillion cars that are already there, and this is less than a half hour after the gates opened.
Despite the number of cars it really wasn’t too crowded yet. In less than an hour Deb had already made a few purchases and in the picture below, wearing a beautiful orange sweater she made, she’s being enticed, and won over by…
to go along with these already purchased beauties…
and this basket to put everything in because almost everything matches it so how could she resist.
I myself might have made a purchase for someone’s upcoming birthday! Stay tuned in November to find out what it might be.
Rhinebeck is always fun even for a non-knitter like me.
We enjoyed the food… the sun, clouds, a couple of showers, the foliage and seeing friends.
Happy and tired we start our journey home… bye Rhinebeck until next year.
My sweet tooth was definitely satisfied this past weekend.
On Sunday we had flourless chocolate birthday cake baked by my daughter Deb – and chocolate biscotti’s baked by my daughter Patty.
On Monday, my birthday, Deb and I went to Crumbs in Ridgewood, NJ. There we had coffee and I had a blueberry scone and Deb had a muffin. The reason we went to Crumbs is because when we were in NYC a few weeks ago we discovered their bake shop and their cupcakes, which are delicious with a capital DELISH.
Raspberry filled ~ Cappuccino ~ Boston Creme
Raspberry filled ~ Tiramisu ~ Almond Joy
A little smaller than actual size. Really!!