We have been at Camp Driveway at my daughters for weeks now. We have 4 more weeks to go before we take off. I truly love seeing family and catching up with friends, but being here all this time begs the question. WHAT DO RETIRED PEOPLE DO????
Both Leonard and I can not imagine, at this time, being retired and puttering around a house. Today I HAD to get out and about a bit. We took off for a drive even though we faced showers most of the day.
We stopped at Cracker Barrel for breakfast and then headed to a part of NJ I've always loved. The Pine Barrens. Through the woods we rode. We passed the ruins of Speedwell, a long deserted town in the middle of the woods.
A few more miles into the woods and we came upon this.
From experience I know these "puddles" are often deeper in to the sand than they look. Probably could have crossed through but why take the chance even with our 4-wheel drive truck. There was a way around it:
However, this tree is low and into the road. Truck is taller and only 8 months old. Not scratched yet, don't need to get around that bad.
So we turn around and decided to go to the historic village of Batsto. We pass lots of cranberry bogs
This area of the state is known for the growing of cranberries and blueberries. The cranberry farms are part of the Ocean Spray co-op.
As we get about 4 miles from Batsto we hit a detour due a bridge being out. We find this a lot around here from damage during Hurricane Irene back in September. We head off in another direction crossing over the Wading river.
About this time the rain is full upon us. We decide to scrap a visit to Batsto today. But one important task was complete. Every Christmas we head to the nearest Hess station to add to Leonard's collection.
Those trucks must be a huge money maker for Hess. In the few minutes Len went into the station to get his truck no less than 6 other cars pulled up with the people going into the station. I saw not one car getting gas.
Our little ride took us out of the fiver for about 4.5 hours. As I look at my calendar we have 4 dinner dates with friends, etc in the next three weeks. We will have the granddaughters over this coming weekend. As I said earlier, we enjoy catching up with friends and family but if not traveling or volunteering, WHAT DO RETIRED PEOPLE DO???????