It’s Fall in New Jersey’s Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.
A few weeks ago I took a trip ‘down the shore’ and came across the newly minted Guinness Book of World Records World’s Tallest Sandcastle at Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. At 38 feet, 2 inches, it’s just slightly taller than the sandcastle’s I used to make on this very beach. OK, OK – it’s about 37 feet taller than my best sandcastle effort.
Finally got around to editing pictures from the summer…
Sometimes we never even notice the beauty that is right in our backyard…literally.
I stopped by Natirar, which is a local estate here in the Somerset Hills of New Jersey. On the day I visited, the grounds were set up to host a wine tasting festival. It is now a county park but was at one time owned by the King of Morocco. Oddly enough I never ran into His Majesty at the local grocery store.
Photos from a visit to Island Beach State Park late last summer.
This is second of my 2 Gettysburg posts, focusing on the Gettysburg National Cemetery, the final resting place of over 3,500 Union soldiers killed at the Battle of Gettysburg. It is also where Abraham Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the cemetery in November 1863.
Grave markers of unidentified soldiers.
This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, widely considered the turning point of the Civil War. At this battle Union forces defeated attacks by Confederate forces, ending General Robert E. Lee’s invasion of the North. Three weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit Gettysburg for the very first time.
The battlefield is filled with memorials to the various units that participated in this 3 day battle.
The Virginia Memorial along Seminary Ridge is the sight of the last Confederate assault on July 3rd, known as “Pickett’s Charge”. On top of the memorial is a statue of General Robert E. Lee on his horse Traveller.
Civil War enthusiasts re-enacting part of the battle.
The observation tower allows for a birds eye view of the battlefield, specifically The Wheatfield, The Peach Orchard and Plum Run.
The view from atop Little Round Top, site of an unsuccessful assault by the Confederate forces against Union forces.
The 1st New Jersey Brigade Memorial.
The Pennsylvania Memorial along Cemetery Ridge. It is the battlefield’s largest memorial.
The 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Memorial at the High Water Mark, the farthest point reached by the Confederacy. It is where Union soldiers repelled “Pickett’s Charge”.