Did I mention that I’m terminally behind in posts? We have been in Florida for nearly a month and I’m still writing about the trip down!
We took a month to get from Bar Harbor to St. Petersburg, FL and during that time we did a lot of relaxing, visited tourist attractions, and even attended my daughter’s wedding.
After leaving the New England Coast in mid October, we headed to New Jersey.
New Jersey? You bet! Most folks think New Jersey is just an extension of New York City with nothing but pavement, traffic and congestion. And I’m here to tell you that most of New Jersey is nothing like that.
We were headed to Lake Hopatcong, NJ, where Dave grew up. The plan was to visit friends and check out the area. He hadn’t been back in years!
We parked the RV at Panther Lake Camping Resort. It is a 160 acre camping retreat located next to a scenic 45 acre lake in Andover, New Jersey. Loved the beautiful trees and the nice grassy lots! The RV park was just a short driving distance to our destination, Lake Hopatcong.
Lake Hopatcong is the largest freshwater body in New Jersey. Located 30 miles from the Delaware River and 40 miles from New York City, it is a mostly residential lake whose few public access points include Hopatcong State Park and Lee’s County Park Marina.
Most of the shoreline is privately owned by individual lakefront residents, homeowner or community associations, or restaurants and marinas.
Wildlife along the shore was plentiful. In fact the deer were a tad too friendly for my taste. They did not have any fear of humans and would pretty much come right up to you.
They sure were beautiful, though.
Here we were able to meet up with Dave’s childhood friend, Daniel. He and his family still live right here where they grew up. They hadn’t see each other in over 30 years. It was a fun reunion!
We went out to dinner with Daniel and his family where we all insisted on sitting outside along the water, bundled up in our sweaters.
Because when you are in such a pretty area, you really need to enjoy it. Right?
It was a lot of fun meeting this amazing family, and we do hope to visit with them again in the future!
As for the town of Hopatcong and the area around it really seemed to stand still in time. According to Dave, this ice cream stand was a regular destination of his as a child. He says it looks just the same. Home of the Skyscraper, Cliff’s Ice Cream is a regular tourist attraction.
Of course, we had to stop and get a bit of ice cream. Sometimes I have to sacrifice for the benefit of the website. Right?
And I’m here to tell you that New Jersey is a beautiful place in the fall! Check out this fabulous pumpkin and gourd display!
The Lake Hopatcong area is home to many U-pick farms. And many of them are open year round! Depending upon the season, you can find all types of fruits, vegetables and flowers available.
We spent quite a bit of time at several of the farms in the Andover area, picking large black berries, cucumbers, green peppers, and fresh corn.
Just look at this bounty! You can’t find fresher corn that that! And if you are looking for a great way to make it and some yummy berry cobbler on the grill, be sure to check out my 3 Berry Cobbler and Grilled Corn on the Cob recipes!
Faith says we need to get back on the road now. Note the gapped teeth in the front. We call her our little hillbilly.
Anyway, we headed south from New Jersey after a fun visit. Our next long-term destination would be Tybee Island, Georgia, for a brief reprieve before we attended my daughter’s wedding in Atlanta.