Two young 50-something females. One big adventure exploring the Americas. Have liquidated everything they own and packed a Saturn Vue with bare necessities to set out on this journey. Planting seeds at each juncture symbolizing their new growth. With an open mind and heart, ready to get a true view of this world.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Jersey to PA Bridge Hopping

Our trek from Cape May to Flemington is relatively easy, and we marvel at the absolute beauty of the northwestern portion of Jersey. We arrive at our dear friends, the Leamys (Karla, Pat and Elie), our home away from home in this area. The drive provides spectacular scenery and we are hugely surprised at the gorgeous landscape all around us. Who knew New Jersey could be so lovely?

After an evening visit of catching up, the morning brings an exciting tour. The Delaware River separates the Jersey and PA border with a great tow path for miles and miles of hiking. Birds are everywhere as spring continues to become more and more visible each day. This area truly reminds us of what we've imagined New England would be like. We are in total awe as we gawk at the incredible scenery.

The path proves to be a great hike and a picnic lunch by the waterfall puts us in a state of bliss. Pat has been gracious enough to babysit for Elie this afternoon, giving us girls some free time. We take full advantage.

A local art show presents at an old mill in a venue that's hard to surpass for its shear beauty. Old windows bring the outdoors in to intermingle with the artwork and create a perfect artist's gallery. Our eyes continue to shift from the paintings to the outside view and back again, creating a truly magical sense. We are loving Jersey!!

Amazingly, a single bridge takes us across the border into PA. Unbelievably, the scenery gets even prettier. Just north of Stockton, we come upon Sand Castle Winery, set upon a hill with wonderful views. One of the best tastings we've encountered is offered, the wine and presentation equally good. Our sommelier is a wealth of information, providing the correct pairings to give us a true sense of the wines' versatility. We have one fun outing here and several bottles accompany us home, of course!

Continuing our route, we encounter some truly magnificent homes along the PA river side, ahh!!!, the life! As we meander into New Hope, it's bustling with a Medieval Fair, full of activity and the bridge back to Jersey brings us into Lambertville, a quieter, more serene yet still artsy neighborhood.

All of the little towns on both sides of the Delaware are charming and we truly enjoy our visit in this region. It has far surpassed our expectations!!!

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