Saturday, November 21, 2020

A Visit to Historic Boyertown, Pennsylvania


Welcome to Pennsylvania's 'Americana Region' 
which in part includes Boyertown, Berks County. 

When I think of Boyertown, 
I think of the Colebrookdale Railroad, 
historic structures, 
and bears. 


The railroad was created for the iron ore industry 
at about the time of the US Civil War. 
Today it serves as a tourist railroad. 


I love the neat architecture throughout Main Street. 
You can do an audio walking tour 
with this QR code. 


I previously visited 
the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles 
which was fun and interesting. 


While in town 
be sure to stop in Taylor Backes - 
you may even get to see glassblowing in progress. 


I don't think that there is 
much else to do in Boyertown, 
but you can certainly extend 
your trip into other nearby communities.


Oh, about the bears, 
I didn't mean real ones. 
I meant painted ones 
that sit throughout the town. 
You can see 2 in the photo below. 

Boyertown is safe enough 
considering that most crime here is property related. 
So remember to lock up! 

You can view all the images from this trip here. 

I've greatly reduced my social media presence 
after watching The Social Dilemma. 
Highly recommended.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Day Trip to Paterson's Great Falls National Historical Park

A large waterfall exists in Paterson NJ 
and was used to spur the Industrial Revolution here
by powering the mills in town.

The falls are touted as the largest, 
as measured by volume,
 east of the Mississippi River - 
second only to Niagara Falls. 

They are also the centerpiece 
for a National Historic Park. 
Alexander Hamilton 
is credited with the vision 
of creating an industrial city 
in Paterson to help 
support our young nation. 

Hamilton founded the City of Paterson in 1792 
and manufacturing businesses
based on hydro-power evolved. 

Today,  the falls are a means of renewable energy 
produced at a hydro-electric plant on the property.  

The falls are within 20 miles of 
New York City, 
if that's your kind of thing. 
I am so done with New York. 

 I preferred visiting 

former home to 
a silk manufacturer. 

The Paterson Museum 
has collections documenting 
the city's industrial history. 

Hinchcliffe Stadium 
built 1932 
is undergoing restoration. 

Regrettably I did not visit these places 
so I added them to my bucket list. 

Dey Mansion 
built in the 1770s. 

Saddle River County Park 
has a walking and cycling trail 7 miles long, 
which takes you over five different bridges.

Garrett Mountain Reservation 
is said the be an easy place spot 
many species of birds.

Paterson City Hall and 
the County Courthouse 
are of architectural interest. 

Note:  I did not feel completely safe in Paterson City, 
so stick to the tourist locations and be aware.

 My galleries for Paterson NJ are here: 

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Cycling Great Bay Boulevard, NJ

is located between 
the Jersey Pine Barrens and the Bay. 
It has a neat museum, 
the Tuckerton Seaport Musuem. 

But little known to those passing through on 
Route 9/Main Street 
is the Great Bay Boulevard which starts at the museum 
and runs south.

We parked our car on a side street 
off of Oak Lane 
near where it intersects 
with Great Bay Boulevard. 
From there the ride is 6.2 miles to the bay. 

Along the way you will see
Atlantic City skyline 
ruins of the Old Fish Factory
and old marinas. 

There is also a marine research facility along the way. 

But if you forget bug spray 
you won't be hanging around too long.
There were plenty of biting flies 
ready to make a meal of us. 
Don't forget bug spray! 

More images from this set are here: 

Or enjoy this slideshow: