Jersey City, New Jersey
We've been keeping an eye on Hurricane Florence as we move south along the east coast. Our planned route will eventually take us into the Carolinas, provided the flooding doesn't do long-term damage. Reduced to a tropical depression as she moves inland and then north, Florence dumps buckets on us for most of Tuesday.
We're out in the morning to see the local NFL stadium, getting caught in the beginning of the storm before we make it back home.
|A shared stadium for Jets and Giants, we have now been to the home of 16 NFL teams. Somehow we missed Foxborough (oops).|
|Today it's the Jets' stadium, with their green seen everywhere.|
|We find one sign that the Giants also play here.|
|This weird monstrosity next to the stadium is a multi-failed entertainment venue called Xanadu. It's definitely an eye sore.|
|Ghost sentinels call us home.|
|The rain comes fast and hard.|
|In minutes we're fording the intersections.|
|Back home it looks like this for hours - still 75 degrees.|
|Once it stops, things dry out quickly under blue skies.|
|One World Trade Center across the harbor.|
From the busy highways surrounded by big cities, we make our way to the Jersey Shore. Our goal is the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, the oldest working lighthouse in the U.S. At 250 years old, she's still a beauty.
We're surprised to find her on the grounds of historic Fort Hancock. There are large battlements along the shore and several structures. Another surprise is the "For Lease" signs on the old officers' quarters. Many are in bad shape, some are restored, and even more are "in between". A couple show signs of residency. Certainly the waterfront location is beautiful, but it is still a strange feeling place to call home.
|The light and the keeper's house are lovingly maintained.|
|A short film about the fort is shown in a dusty little outbuilding.|
|103' looking over a mile to the water of Lower New York Bay.|
|The border battlements.|
|Beginning new lives as private residences.|
|Most need a lot of work first.|
|Nice front porch views.|
|A quick stop at the Jersey Shore. Surprisingly busy on this post-Labor Day Wednesday.|
|Navesink Twin Lights - too wide to capture both in one pic.|
|Constructed in 1828 and active into the 1940's.|
|During remodeling construction in 1861, this cannon was found buried on the site. 1756 is inscribed, but the origin remains a mystery.|
|The beautiful oil house now holds one of the two first Fresnel lens (installed in each of the twin light towers) in the U.S.|
|What is it about these beauties that captivates us?|
|A new building after the original was lost to Hurricane Sandy. "Streamers of yellow police tape fluttered across much of Keyport, from Mike’s Submarine Shop, which had been torn in half, to the town’s brick shoreline promenade."|
|This is a "half" cut in half!|
Thursday we stay in New Jersey, but find a completely different world.