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New Jersey I love Living Here 
Apr. 22, 2013 7:34 am 
Updated: Apr. 23, 2013 9:47 am

I was born and raised in Michigan. I have lived in Florida, Arizona, Philadelphia, and now new Jersey. I truly never though I would leave Philadelphia I really liked living there and had lived there for over 30 years and then I meet Bill and without realizing it I slowly moved to New Jersey. It took my son pointing it out that I lived in New Jersey before I thought about changing my drivers license. He was right how ever I had even gone as far as getting a job in New Jersey, and only went over the bridge to my house to clean it and check on it, even Max my dog was happily running around enjoying the freedom of a large yard and the company of 2 new brothers that looked almost just like him.  

I have been here over 10 years now and this state amazes me more and more each day. Like every other state New Jersey has it’s problems and politics, but that is not what I am talking about I am talking about how beautiful and full of life this state is. What ever you want New Jersey has it from the water gap, to the beautiful shores, from the farthest northern tip all the way to the southern most tip of the state it is filled with beauty both from nature and man made. There is always something to do in New Jersey. I know I sound like a travel advertisement but it is true, just ask any one who lives in New Jersey. 

This weekend was our getaway weekend so we went south a little, we stayed just outside of Atlantic City and had dinner and drinks, a dance or two and just enjoyed a relaxing evening out together. The morning was sunny bright and very chilly exactly as you expect a spring morning to be. We set off south using the back roads well if you can call 9 a back road any way it was empty of traffic and full of blooming pink and white trees, old stately farm homes as well as new, the pansies and tulips and as we got farther south the Irises we plentiful and so amazing. We drove until we found a restaurant that wasn’t jam packed and looked cute. I know but cute diners and off the wall places are my favorite. While looking for the perfect restaurant we past the Cape May County free zoo and I gave a little chirp of “Oh the Zoo” Bill didn’t respond in any way he just kept on driving. I waved to SHORECOOK as we drove past the turn to her house and then continued on with my sight seeing. You would think I was a tourist and not someone that is there all the time, but really it is always changing from one season to the next and from year to year. We found the perfect diner and ate a delicious breakfast at our leisure enjoying all the activity around us. Even the totally inept waitress made us laugh even still she should be real happy Bill handled the tip. Back in the car we go and Bill turns back the way we came. I figure we are on our way home so I don’t say anything because I know he won’t hurry about it and he will find one road or another that I have never been or don’t remember. I was ear to ear smiles when he pulled into the ZOO. This a place I love and one of New Jersey’s finest attractions. That is my opinion any way. It is for sure in the top 10 reason I love this state.

The day has warmed up but you still need jackets and me I needed a hood. Jackets and hoods on we set off for the magical walk through this little zoo. True it is not overly big but it is big enough and they do an amazing job housing and caring for the animals that live there. 

The peacocks roam freely about the zoo and boy are they loud. Pretty but loud and none of them yesterday felt the need to fan their feathers.


When ever I go to this zoo I always seem to miss the Buffalo they are always in out of the heat taking a nap. Well on this perfect spring day every body seemed to be out enjoying the weather including the buffalo


This is the one exhibit I don’t like it for some reason bothers me to no end. I think if the enclosure were much bigger I would be less upset by it. I do believe the 2 eagles are rescued eagles and they needed to be cared for still the enclosure bothers me. I took the pictures because Bill asked me to and I am adding them here because well I took them.



This has to be my favorite picture of the day. I don’t think any picture says spring more then this one of Mom and baby turtle playing in the water.


Another Mom and baby just chilling, take note of the excellent reuse of Christmas trees.


This guy was shy and that was as close as any one got to seeing him.


There are so many other animals living there and as I said they were all out and playing or chilling, the Lion was stretched out in the sun just snoozing away as happy as any cat I have ever seen. The bear he looks like such a clown all fuzzy and cuddly looking , yep no I don’t think so. The reptile and birdhouses were fun as always and even the large snakes were enjoying the day as they followed along the glass as small children walked by dragging their hands across the glass. Yes there is so much more to see and talk about but this is a blog not a book so I have to end some where and this seems like a good place to me.

Needless to say I was one very happy lady at the end of our weekend getaway and Mr Wonderful he was smiling too.


Apr. 22, 2013 7:36 am
not sure about the green back ground or why it stopped half way through. All I know was it took as long to copy and paste as it did to write so I am not messing with it.
Apr. 22, 2013 8:21 am
I loved the look of your blog! I like going to the zoo too! Thanks for sharing Jersey with me!
Apr. 22, 2013 8:39 am
Your welcome Cat, I am sure you will see more.
Apr. 22, 2013 9:06 am
I didn't even know there was a zoo here in south Jersey! Looks like you had a great trip!
Apr. 22, 2013 9:22 am
We did indeed Doc have a fun time, and I was happy to see on the way down 206 that the Tabernackle Inn has reopened. Can't spell it but that always a great Sunday Morning Brunch.
Apr. 22, 2013 9:23 am
Doc take 9 into cape may county court house it is on the left on Zoo dr. If you get a chance check it out before you leave.
Apr. 22, 2013 4:31 pm
I enjoyed your blog and love your pictures. Going to the zoo has always been a fun way to spend a day in my opinion. My favorite time to go is in the very early Fall or Spring. The animals are more active when it isn't so hot out. Thank you for sharing!
Apr. 22, 2013 4:38 pm
Thank you Mother Ann I love the zoo it is always a nice walk and a great way to spend the day.
Apr. 23, 2013 8:17 am
So glad you and Bill got to get away for a bit. Necessary moments for all couples but especially with the responsibilities y'all have now. I love the zoo too. We have a grandparents membership to our zoo, so we can take the Grands anytime we get a notion.
Apr. 23, 2013 8:39 am
The Cape May Zoo has always been a favorite of ours - especially if the Lions are being vocal....and yes, I live in NJ too. Born here & raised here. Lived all over the country before coming back here. I have trees in my yard and I don't live in a town that is on an Exit sign. NJ Proud though I do hate the NJ devils hockey team.....
Apr. 23, 2013 9:47 am
Doug I am Not on an exit sign as well, and trees for sure we have them, I remember years ans years ago when my Billy was little like 5 and the Lions enclosure was in a different area then now and when he would roar if you were next to him you could feel the vibration under your feet and the play ground was a few bouncy things for the kids to play on. Now the lion has a kings space and he sleeps a lot, and the play ground is one of my Madeline's favorites it so big and full of kids. Paula we are trying to go out at least once a month, it gets a little more pricey as the season turns to summer but we will figure it out. For June we have a wedding in Egg Harbor so we will make a week end of that. I loved taking Billy to the Zoo and now it is such a treat to take Madeline. Billy must have thought our zoo time was special because he gets a yearly membership for his family to the Philadelphia Zoo also a very cool zoo. Makes me proud.
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I am married I work part time in a flower shop. have 1 grandchild and 1 son.I like to cook,sew,make soap and I love the ocean.
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I love making fried foods,it is not so healthy for you but the flavor and juciness of fried food can't be beat.
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Hands down has to be the Thanksgiving meal.The whole thing from the turkey to the pumpkin pie.
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Gravy! I am now the Queen of gravy but that wasn't always so.Lumpy was the least of my problems.For years I would buy the gravy in a jar,not any more I got determined and I mastered the art of gravy.
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