So…. Lately I’ve been thinking about blogging my exploring adventures, and for some reason tonight seems like a perfect night to share at least a few of my pics. My latest trip led me to Liberty State Park first, the clouds seeming to beckon me there. A new 9/11 memorial has been built since I was last there, and immediately I recognized the opportunity for some cool photography:
Then as I came to the water’s edge, the Freedom Tower (or if you like One World Trade Center):
Next, swinging around facing west:
Not sure what to do after taking a few more pics, I thought I’d try to take a way out of Liberty Sate Park that I’d never taken before. To my surprise, I found myself in Jersey City on a street I’d been on a few months earlier, and feeling a little insecure in the area, I pressed on to Jersey City’s waterfront and was delighted to notice how pretty, prosperous and safe the city looked the closer I came to the water.
Only visiting Jersey City’s downtown waterfront a couple of times in the past, I recalled a few semi-familiar points and am almost certain I took this picture on their waterfront, stopping just for a second to snap it:
Floating on, I drifted north along the waterfront through Newport and Hoboken, passing the famous Carlo’s Bakery (which was closed). North I quietly traveled, eventually nearing a place I wished I could snap a few pics. Almost miraculously, Weehawken Waterfront Park and Recreation Center quickly appeared for me to do just so.
Dark began to quickly come after that park, but nighttime hasn’t stopped an exploring adventure of mine yet. Again north I traveled, unsure of my destination but confident that wherever I was supposed to be, I would be. Learning after the fact of where I was, I soon found myself in West New York buying a large hot chai from Starbucks. It really was a perfect drink for the night, for a chill was out and I did’t have a jacket. After picking up the chai, I skipped over to the waterfront down the street and snapped a few pics, thinking this romantic:
Done with my stop in West New York, I again drove north and eventually (and practically-accidentally) dipped into New York City via the George Washington Bridge. Though my EZ-pass $12 broker, I enjoyed from the bridge the nighttime vista of Manhattan’s West Side—always a gorgeous sight at night!
Enjoying a zip down Henry Hudson Parkway, I somehow managed to veer off course, stumbling and taking a break at the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument:
Soon after that the night began to drag on slowly as I drove south on Broadway. It was getting late so I eventually decided to take the Holland Tunnel back into Jersey after heading south along the Hudson.
So that would about sum up that adventure: “An interesting experience,” to say the least.