New Jersey

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State line sign #30. New Jersey!  Lucky for us on this trip we visited a National Park Service site right on the border of 2 states.  We ventured over to New Jersey from Delaware Water Gap to get this State photo.  It was really easy!  This state line sign in on Highway 206 just across from Pennsylvania. Low traffic and easy to get to.

We haven’t had the chance to spend much time in New Jersey but check back for updates for future park visits.

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Pennsylvania

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State line #31 was Pennsylvania.  We are getting good at these now 🙂  This one was a real easy one to get to. Right off of an exit.  Heading on I80 North from New Jersey (heading past the exit for Delaware River National Rec Area)  take exit 310 and park on the left side of the exit.  It turned out pretty good.

 

National Park Service Sites we visited in the state:

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

(Click the link above to read all about it.)

 

This was more or less a drive through state to get to our next park.  We didn’t do much this trip.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

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Visited: August 2018

Duration: 1 full day (spend more if the trails are open)

Accommodations: AirBNB cabin, Bushkill, PA.

Delaware Water Gap NRA was a beautiful place to be, unfortunately the year we decided to visit they had very bad storms.  No trails were open and the Dingman Falls visitor Center was closed.  In fact we had a hard time trying to find the make shift visitor center.  From start to finish at this park was a mild storm.  On our way from Iowa I recieved a phone call from the hotel we had booked a year in advance in Bushkill, they were cancelling our reservation because a group had decided to stay there and rent the whole place out, we were out of luck.  I scrambled to find a decent hotel in the area and came up short.  I went to AirBNB and found a cabin in the woods that would work.  The outdoors around it was the best part, the cabin could use some work.  We did get to enjoy some of nature while at the cabin but zero at the park, unfortunately.

We rested in our hammocks and enjoyed the view above.

We eventually found the make shift Visitor Center and grabbed some Junior Ranger books and an extra Angler Junior Ranger which was even more fun.  We sat on the steps of the Visitor Center and filled them out.  Dad even filled out an Angler one it was so much fun.  First of many of his Junior Rangers to come.

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We had as much fun as we could even though most of the park was closed.  In the morning we drove out and around the park on a gravel road that took us along the river.  We pulled in to Kittatinny Point Visitor Center to have a look around and most of that area was flooded as well, along with a train/oil spill that was heading that way that morning.  What a wreck, pun intended!  We left Pennsylvania and headed for greener pastures.

 

Received our Junior Ranger badges and got our cancellations.  At least there is that 🙂

 

The next stop will be better I promise.  Also we will need to stop back here and check out the falls after damage clean up, it does look like a beautiful place to be.

 

Connecticut

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State line sign #29 for us!  Collecting them fast on this trip.

This was fun state, we are definitely coming back to enjoy its beautiful sites.  On this trip we only stayed one night but it was amazing.  Great time with some great friends.  We met up with a travel buddy of mine that I met in Vietnam, Glen.  Had dinner with him and some of his friends that I later traveled to Morocco with.  It was fabulous.

National Park Service Sites we visited:

Weir Farms National Historic Site

Also, no trip would be complete to this state without stopping at Mystic Pizza in the beautiful town of Mystic, Connecticut.  One of my favorite movies growing up.  I was very excited about this. Even got myself a t-shirt to celebrate.

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If you have any great stops or places in Connecticut we would love to hear about them in the comments.  We are adding this state to the list of returns.  Stop back to see our next adventure.

Weir Farms National Historic Site

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Visited: August 9th, 2018

Duration: 2-3 hours

This was a relaxed and fantastic stop coming through Connecticut.  We met up with a travel buddy of mine that I met while on a trip to Vietnam.  We have traveled to Ecuador, Morocco, the Netherlands and Belgium together now. He has been to Iowa to visit us so we couldn’t pass up this stop since we were so close.  Lucky for him he is 10 minutes away from this park.

We arrived at the park early in the morning.  They have the passport cancellations outside in a box so we did those first thing.  We grabbed our park maps and there were 2 different Junior Rangers to do.  I printed these before our trip in case we arrived before the park opened.

Junior Ranger #1  Pond Pack

This Junior Ranger booklet is an art and nature activity to be completed as you hike around the Weir Pond.  It is directed towards learning about the natural and man made environment using your senses to explore the farm and the forest. It was a gorgeous morning with great views throughout the hike.

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Junior Ranger #2  Letterboxing

This is where it gets to be fun!  I love letterboxing and we learned so much doing it.

This activity is a scavenger hunt, navigation and puzzle solving all rolled in to one book.  Use your detective skills from clues in the booklet to search for hidden containers that contain stamps to be placed in the book (called letterboxes).  Along the way we learned about the 5 important parts of the park: the artists that lived here, the gardens, farming, the stone walls and the National Park Service.

Everyone had fun doing this, even Glen, my travel buddy 🙂

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When finished we headed to the Visitor Center and everyone earned their badges and patches.  What a great park!

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Badges, patches and cancellations.  Off to our next destination.  We loved this place!

Stop back for more National Park Service fun!

Rhode Island

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Rhode Island!  #28 out of 50 state line signs we have taken!  We “Rhode” over here on our way to Connecticut from Massachusetts. This sign was located off of I95 South Exit 2B.  The address I put in my GPS was 1600 Newport Ave, Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  A really safe place to stop. We heard a ton of great things about Rhode Island from some people we hiked with in Acadia, so this will be a return state.

On this trip we visited:

Roger Williams National Memorial

Check out that blog by clicking the link above.  Stay tuned there should be a revisit to this state someday soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Roger Williams National Memorial

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Visited: August 2018

Duration: 1 hour

We swung by Roger Williams National Memorial on our way from Salem, Mass heading to Connecticut.  Good lunch stop if you are here at that time.  Looked like this was a popular place to hang out at for lunch.  We walked around the small park for a bit and then went into the Visitor Center. Park is very pretty!

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At the Visitor Center we grabbed Junior Ranger books and watched the short film. We walked around a bit and let the boys finish the books (didn’t take long).  Roger Williams and his wife Mary, sailed to the US in 1631.  He became friends with the Native Americans and even learned their language so he could trade with them. Roger was a forward thinking minister who believed that people should be able to choose any religion.  Due to his ideas he was forced out of Massachusetts and headed south where he created a new colony called Providence, where everyone was free to practice any religion.  Providence means “God’s gift”.

What a great little Memorial in the center of Providence.  So glad we stopped in to learn about Roger Williams. Great place.  Kids earned their Junior Rangers and we got our cancellations.

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That is all we have for this place. Off to Connecticut to meet up with a travel buddy!!

 

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