A Walk in the Country with Craig Allen
From time to time, here at New Jersey 101.5, we invite you to join a walk to raise funds for a worthy charity...this time, I am asking you to join me on one of my "world famous" walks, just for fun!
On a nice day, when I have the time, I like to get outside and soak up the sun...and get some real outdoor exercise. Sure, I lift weights, and I run at the gym, but fresh air and sunshine trumps all!
In the past, I have taken you on some of my regular walking routes around my home ("Random Photos from Everyday Life").
This time, let's go for a walk "out in the country" by my mom's place. There are some out-of-the-way roads, a winding creek, and some interesting buildings to check out!
Right around the corner of the top picture, the road drops down into a flood plain, as noted above...
...and one encounters a little, old stone bridge...
...that crosses a small, meandering creek.
A nice place to stop and relax...and listen to the babbling brook.
Just past the bridge, off to the right is a boarding stable...a "horse farm."
And, just so that you know...even out in the "middle of nowhere,"
"Big Brother" is watching!
Across the road from the stable and rolling green pastures, is the original brick home that "owned" all this acreage.
My mom tells me that a high-powered judge "from the city" used this as his "country getaway," many moons ago.
About 20 years ago, a developer bought a large chunk of the farmland for a "song"...
...and grew a whole "crop" of houses "down the road a piece."
At the fork in the road, I hang a right, and continue on, passing on my left...
...another "No Trespassing" area. Yes, that is what the posted sign above the door, reads.
A little ways further, to my right, I encounter a place where "trespassing" is encouraged...especially on Sunday...
...church. I pause, and have a few quiet words, before continuing.
About a quarter of a mile further, to my left, I spy something that ALL guys could love...
...an an excavation site, complete with "heavy machinery!" YES!!
At the end of this road, I hang another right (and you would be "right" in guessing that I am walking in a big square). About another quarter of a mile of great cardio brings me to...
...another building that has seen better days.
And, how about the above "fixer-upper?" Interested?
Maybe...not so much. Although the guys with that "pickers" TV show...
...might find a "treasure" or two, inside. MIGHT.
Let us continue on...off to your left, you will see another rundown building...
...that in it's better days, served as a construction company office! It's present condition would not say good things about any builders!
Next door, is another (less) rundown edifice, that deserves a look-see...
It comes complete with an unofficial historical marker:
Wait...look closer...in the upper, right hand window...is that a...?
Just kidding. "Move along...there's nothing more to see here!" LOL!
We will walk this winding, side road for about another 10 minutes, enjoying the fresh air...
We hang a right at the next intersection...and the second right, is my mom's road.
Thanks for walking with me! I hope that you have enjoyed the fresh air and exercise...and the sights...as much as I have.
Excuse me, as I head inside for a nice, cool, glass of ice water.