Sunday, 20 July 2014

Goodbye, Rhode Island and hello, New Jersey (again)

I was sad to leave Rhode Island on Thursday, June 19th, especially saying goodbye to my friends there who had taken me to so many different places in such a short time. My train from Kingston left at 2.40pm and arrived at Newark Penn Station four hours later, giving me a good view of Manhattan as we approached NYC.

My cousin and her husband met me and we went back to their house in Scotch Plains, NJ - and watched the fireflies dancing around all evening. No photo, unfortunately, as they flashed too quickly for my camera to cope with!

Next day, my cousin Helen drove me to Morristown, to George and Martha's Restaurant...
... where I met up with Jennifer Wilck, one of the members of our writers' blog, Heroines with Hearts. I've 'known' Jennifer for about four years, and we had plenty to talk about over coffee and then lunch.



In the afternoon, we went to Washington's headquarters. He and the Continental Army stayed at Morristown from December 1779 to June 1780, surviving what was then the coldest winter on record.



When we arrived there, we discovered the next tour was not for another fifty minutes, so instead Jen drove me round some of the older houses in Morristown.


This one was especially interesting - the home of Thomas Nast, the political cartoonist who created the Democrat donkey and Republican elephant.


 

That evening, my two cousins and I enjoyed a meal at a local diner. I was getting quite used to American burgers by this time!

 

6 comments:

  1. So before this trip, you were not a burger hound? Used to them, doesn't say you liked them particularly. 😍
    I LOVE burgers with cheese, mayo and mustard. Mmmmm or my second choice mustard and dill pickles.
    Though our history is much "newer" than your beloved homeland, I hope you found these historic buildings to be well cared for and beautiful.

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    1. I never eat burgers here, Jo. American burgers are so much better!
      And I love American history. You may not have as much as we have, but you really do make the most of it!

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  2. I wasn't aware of all the history in Morristown. Very interesting.

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    1. It's an interesting small town, Elaine!

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  3. I missed this when you first posted it. Sorry. It was so nice to see you!

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    1. Great to see you too! You were just as I had imagined you, personality as well as appearance :-)

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