NORTHERN hospitality

1 November, 2015            NORTHERN hospitality

Northern hospitality equals or exceeds Southern hospitality in every way! As I learned (again) this weekend when Evelyn and I stayed with her family and friends in the Sandy Hook area of New Jersey. We had a fun train trip up and back, but the return trip didn’t get us back to Richmond until 9:15 this evening. So I’m going to put up a handful of pictures I enjoyed then extend this tomorrow.

All of the pictures in this post are taken with my phone, not with my “real” camera so they’re not as crisp as I like. But we were traveling light. 

This picture is taken out of a not-very-clean train window, but this is the sun rising at 7:34 Friday morning – somewhere near Quantico, VA. An hour and thirty-four minutes after our train left Richmond. In the pitch dark:

Sunrise to begin a wonderful journey

Sunrise to begin a wonderful journey

I took this picture Saturday morning around 10:30, about five minutes walk from the Blue Bay Inn in Atlantic Highlands, where we stayed during our visit:

Five minutes walk from our hotel. Unimprovable.

Five minutes walk from our hotel. Unimprovable.

This picture I took yesterday afternoon while we were watching the Halloween Parade in Atlantic Highlands:

Firetrucks are always fun. ESPECIALLY when they're throwing candy.

Firetrucks are always fun. ESPECIALLY when they’re throwing candy.

And there was no way I could walk past this without a picture:

This person wasn't even wearing a pirate costume.

This person wasn’t even wearing a pirate costume.

And I took this picture – the final picture for this post – this afternoon at 2:00 – while standing in Evelyn’s mother’s backyard! It’s like paradise! This is the house where Evelyn grew up!

The creek behind Evelyn's mother's house - where Evelyn grew up!

The creek behind Evelyn’s mother’s house – where Evelyn grew up!

More tomorrow. This weekend I got to meet Fred for the first time – today is his birthday – Happy Birthday Fred! Today is also my sister Katie’s birthday – Happy Birthday Katie!

More tomorrow, all best,

Jay

About Jay McLaughlin

I am a rehabilitation counselor. I have many friends with autism and traumatic brain injuries. They help me learn new things constantly. I hike with dogs at the James River in Richmond - a lot. I've completed an Iron distance triathlon a year for 11 years. My most recent was in Wilmington, NC in November, 2013. I currently compete in mid-distance triathlons. And work and hike and take pictures and write and eat.
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2 Responses to NORTHERN hospitality

  1. Jackie Zaklasnik says:

    Very sweet! So glad you were here with us.

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