[3/50] New Jersey

This week I’ve been going back through my photos and updating my geotags, I am almost a year behind unfortunately (and I blame that almost entirely on Letchworth State Park and it’s lack of labels on Google maps). While I was going back through I realized that I now had all my photos from New Jersey tagged, so I thought I might as well make a blog post for it and get it out of the way.More Urban Sprawl

Les and I have been to the Garden State twice, the first time was when we went to NYC for New Years Eve and the second was when Les attended an SPJ conference (and tagged along to I use up my excess PTO from the Goodwill).

When I think of New Jersey the two things I think of are population density and urban sprawl, of course I don’t watch reality tv, so your first impression might be different. The first time we were in New Jersey we were only in a hotel, all our waking hours were spent in NYC and I didn’t take any photos at the hotel. So all of these photos are from the second trip which included some sightseeing time in New Jersey with only a brief stop for dinner in New York rather than the other way around.

There is one thing that says New Jersey more than traffic, toll booths. Good luck trying to leave the state without paying, I'm not sure it's possible.
There is one thing that says New Jersey more than traffic, toll booths. Good luck trying to leave the state without paying, I’m not sure it’s possible.

On our way home after the conference we took a detour and stopped in Atlantic City, just to see what it was all about and maybe so we could say we’d been there. It was exactly like I pictured it, tacky shops and a shitton of thieving pigeons and seagulls. I was also not surprised that, while the casinos were large and grand and modern, the houses seemed to be pretty old and somewhat dilapidated. We didn’t go into any of the casinos, but we did have lunch at the boardwalk and walked around a little to soak it in and take some photos.

New Jersey does have a long tradition of higher education.
New Jersey does have a long tradition of higher education.

 

A view of the boardwalk
A view of the boardwalk in Atlantic City

 

Something about this view of homes and utility lines in New Bruswick just srceamed New Jersey to me.
Something about this view of homes and utility lines in New Bruswick just srceamed New Jersey to me.
Birds and a food worker on the boardwalk in Atlantic City
Birds and a food worker on the boardwalk in Atlantic City

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