Friday, August 10, 2007

Along the Way

One of my summer pleasures is going out for a bike ride along the tow path behind my house. This trail along the Delaware/Raritan Canal stretches for more than 50 miles. My usual trip consists of about 13 miles and includes a stop at Washington's Crossing Park in New Jersey. This is the site of Washington's historical crossing of the Delaware which proved to be the turning point in the Revolutionary War because he was able to sneak up on the Brits to win the Battle of Trenton.

Nowadays it is a peaceful park nestled near an amazing row of homes in Titusville, NJ. It is my lofty ambition to one day own one of these homes overlooking the Delaware and to sit in an upstairs room near floor to ceiling window or on a wrap-around porch and write my dramatic plays. Mind you, I do not write plays but it feels very Tennessee Williams there and brings about a certain inspiration.

On a recent jaunt I brought along my trusty cell phone/camera and took a few pictures. I ride along and look at these things and feel so good. It is nice to take a break every once in a while. Very good indeed!
These poor babies were screaming out for water as they wilted in the hot sun.
This town is riddled with American flags and other patriotic symbols. That is all I am saying.
I wish I had a good duck joke to insert here. This picture seems to be calling out for "Two ducks walk into a bar..."
My friend Mike and I discovered this gate leading down to a private dock and a small boat on the Delaware. We imagine that in the hands of a skilled photographer this image can be used for either his album cover or my book jacket.


Junk Thief said...

Nice shots, and that hammock looks very tempting. I try to take my cell/TREO on such jaunts, but I've come to realize I use it for the camera more than the phone. I really hate to have phone with me, so have opted to carry a somewhat larger better higher quality digital camera.

Joy said...

I love the DUCKS!

Florecita said...

I love the sign for my family: I am a Fairy!!!!!! So it's nice to see that human take care of us!!!

Dumdad said...

Ah, the joys of cycling! Nice pix.

Anonymous said...

Love the pics, Gary...and i know you will own one of those houses in the not so far off future. i haven't been down that way for year, but remember how pretty the area is.

WAT said...

Oh, t'is very beautiful here sir and interesting that this place has such historic value.

Will you look at that SLOW FAIRY CROSSING sign?!!


laurenbove said...

Wonderful. Washington Crossing? Are there any Jeep trails around there? I'm always looking for a good hiking/off roading spot.

Mike said...

our gate ... :)

Pod said...

they must have seen you coming

Gary said...

Gregg - I am thinking of finally giving in and gettind a digital camera, although I do love my cell phone and the multi-task aspect of having so many options with one gadget. Joy bought a great camera the day before we left for Mexico and I think I will purchase the same model when I get to it.

Oh, and I agree about the hammock. I love the idea of lounging between two trees!

Joy - Quack, Quack!

Florecita - Always looking out for a fairy! You are in good hands.

Dumdad - I have failed to capture the wonders of your biking excursions but I have succeed in keeping my interactions with bugs to a minimum. :)

Hey anonymous - What do you know?

Wat - I like when you call me sir!

Lauren - No Jeep trails but a great path for biking or jogging. If you make it out this way let me know beforehand. I have an extra bike!

Mikey - I know. I always think of you when I see it. Why did you have to leave???

Be good Poddy!


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