Posts with the label Offbeat Places in New Jersey
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March 23, 2015

Wolves in New Jersey! The Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia

Wolf


The Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia, New Jersey is a special place. 

 

Wolves that were born in captivity are able to live out their lives in the beautiful outdoors. 


There are also bobcats and foxes at Lakota. Wolves, and bobcats, and foxes, oh my! 

The couple who run Lakota are dedicated to their animals and have run the preserve for over 15 years. They take wonderful care of their animals and truly love them. They have been committed to educating the public about wolves. 

I’ve been there, and I can see how much they love their animals! 

The public can take wolf-watching tours – don’t worry, the wolves are behind fences. They will also howl on cue! 


 

The surroundings are beautiful. 

 

Columbia is actually part of Knowlton Township, in the Kittatinny Valley


I took these photos last October. Sadly, this winter has been a struggle for the preserve because of the terrible weather and other unexpected issues. Sometimes the preserve has been closed for weeks.
 

If you'd like to help, you can sponsor a wolf

 

There are other ways to help out, too

 

Check out their website and Facebook page, too, for some gorgeous photographs and more information! 

There is a wonderfully detailed description of how the wolf preserve got started here, and links to websites containing professional photos of the wolves! 


Lakota Wolf Preserve
Camp Taylor Campground
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Fox
Fox


 

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Wolves in New Jersey! The Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia

March 23, 2015

December 15, 2014

Northlandz, Part II (With Dolls!) | Flemington, New Jersey

Northlandz 2000 pipe organ
2,000 pipe organ which the Northlandz owner sometimes plays


Last week I told you about Northlandz, the model railroad located in Flemington, New Jersey. I showed you some trains and the spectacular scenery and settings that were created by the owner.

Northlandz, Part II (With Dolls!) | Flemington, New Jersey

December 15, 2014

December 08, 2014

Northlandz, Part 1 | Flemington, New Jersey

Northlandz sign

Northlandz is considered the “world’s largest model railroad” by some, although others have claimed that title for a place in Germany

 
It is certainly one of the largest in the world. Northlandz started with the owner building trains and villages for his own amusement after a hard day’s work. 

Northlandz, Part 1 | Flemington, New Jersey

December 08, 2014

July 21, 2014

The Buzz Aldrin Rock | Montclair, New Jersey

The Buzz Aldrin Rock
The Buzz Aldrin Rock, Montclair, New Jersey



On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first two men to walk on the moon. Yesterday marked the 45th anniversary of that historic feat.

Buzz was from Montclair, New Jersey, and he had attended the township schools and is probably the most famous graduate of Montclair High School (which has many distinguished graduates).

His mother's maiden name was Marion Moon. Yes, Moon. If you don't believe me, you can read this article about Buzz where he swears it's the truth.

The town was wildly proud of him, and in September of that year they threw a "Buzz Aldrin Day" celebration, complete with parade, and dedicated a rock in front of his lovely childhood home.

Apparently, it's not a moon rock. 

 

The Buzz Aldrin Rock
The Buzz Aldrin Rock, Montclair, New Jersey

The Buzz Aldrin Rock
Buzz Aldrin's childhood home, Montclair, New Jersey
The childhood home of Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin's childhood home, Montclair, New Jersey


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The Buzz Aldrin Rock | Montclair, New Jersey

July 21, 2014

June 22, 2014

The Brainy Borough | Metuchen, New Jersey

Metuchen Post Office, New Jersey
Metuchen, NJ Post Office, Brainy Boro Station

 

As I wrote in my post about the Lake Hiawatha Firehouse, many New Jersey town names are derived from Native American words. 

For example, the very nice borough (sometimes spelled "boro") of Metuchen is named for the Indian chief Metuching.

Metuchen is located in Middlesex County, completely surrounded by the much larger Edison Township, like a hole in a doughnut.

Just about 100 years ago, Metuchen had many intellectuals living and working in the town. The prosperous community of Glen Ridge had many intellectuals of their own and they decided that they were obviously a smarter town and they would claim bragging rights to the title. 

Metuchen responded to the challenge, and had a contest with Glen Ridge to decide which was the “brainy boro.” Metuchen won, and the name has stuck. Metuchen has never forgotten this, and has been bragging about this for the last century. 

To prove this, here are some links: 

 

Metuchen: The Brainy Borough's 'Overnight' Success 


Metuchen Living: People Events and Places in the Brainy Boro: Co-Working in the Brainy Boro 


Recently, there was a vaguely worried article on NJ.com about Metuchen’s downtown area, although the author assured readers that “plenty of people have moved to the Brainy Borough because they liked its vibrant, walkable downtown." 

Not to worry. Not only is the official motto of the town “The Official Brainy Borough” but one of the two post office branches is still called the “Brainy Boro Station.”

Metuchen Post Office, New Jersey
Brainy Boro Station, Metuchen, NJ Post Office
 

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The Brainy Borough | Metuchen, New Jersey

June 22, 2014

June 21, 2014

Lake Hiawatha Firehouse

Fire Department, Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey
Fire Department, Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey

 

Lake Hiawatha is one of several communities within the large township of Parsippany. Towns and areas with names of Native American origin are common in New Jersey. 

 

The name “Parsippany” is derived from a Lenape word which means “where the river winds through the valley.” 

 

Lake Hiawatha has many streets named after Native American words: Iroquois, Mohegan, Oswego, Seminole, Navajo, and my favorite, Minnehaha Boulevard. 

 

On the front of the building are the following words: The Desire to Serve. The Courage to Act. The Ability to Perform.

Fire Department, Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey
Fire House in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey
Fire Department, Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey
Fire House in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey
Fire Department, Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey





Lake Hiawatha Firehouse

June 21, 2014

May 13, 2014

Making Honey At Delicious Orchards | Colts Neck, New Jersey

Honeybees


Remember Delicious Orchards?

 

I wrote about them in 2012. It is a wonderful gourmet country food market where you can get delicious produce, doughnuts, etc. 

 

They also make their own honey right inside the store. 

 

The bees come through a tube in the wall and go into a “beehive” and produce fresh honey.

Honeybees

Honeybees
Honeybees



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Making Honey At Delicious Orchards | Colts Neck, New Jersey

May 13, 2014

February 10, 2014

Shop-Rite Supermarket | West Caldwell, New Jersey

supermarket

The ShopRite supermarket in West Caldwell, New Jersey is unique. 

First of all, it must be an old ShopRite, because it still has the hyphen in the name. 
 
That is why I included the hyphen in the title of this post, even though the hyphen is not used anymore.

According to a January 31st article in The Chronicle of Higher Education: 

In American advertising lingo, rite makes mite. Or maybe might. The ShopRite grocery chain is the first rite I can remember. ShopRite is a postwar neologism; for a while in the fifties and sixties, the name was spelled with a hyphen (Shop-Rite), after which the logo lost its hyphen but kept the internal cap. 

I am always interested in design and architecture. Whoever built or designed this ShopRite made it with a Japanese design.
 
I've been told that the owner at the time really liked this decor style.
 
Not only does the front of the store have an Japanese theme, but it even has endearing matching phone booths! One of the phone booths still has a working phone. 

Even on the inside, the Japanese design theme continues. 
 
I blatantly took pictures with my camera on the outside, but I don’t think I’m supposed to take photos inside the store, so I sneaked around the store taking took the last two photos with my crappy old  cell phone.

supermarket
supermarket

phone booths


phone booths

dragons

Sayonara sign

 
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Shop-Rite Supermarket | West Caldwell, New Jersey

February 10, 2014