Sunset Sunday – Sandy Hook, NJ

New Jersey.

As a New Yorker, I always said the best thing about New Jersey is the view of New York City. Hey, it is the light at the end of the tunnel, right? But after years visiting my college friends who call it home and spending summers at the Jersey Shore (not quite MTV style) I did start to change my mind.  Then I met Melissa through twitter.

Her writings and picture perfect Sunday’s started to further enlighten me about the other side of the Hudson River. She eloquently describes and displays the beauty of her home state on her blogs. Don’t call any movers just yet, but I did ask Melissa to share a view of New Jersey on my weekly Sunset Sunday: Thankfully, she agreed. Enjoy.

Since I’m from New Jersey (and proud of it), you know that I’ve pretty much heard all of the NJ jokes there are. I’ve also learned to smile and laugh politely when non-NJ folks ask me if I’ve ever pumped my own gas (of course I have) or what my exit is (Turnpike 9, Parkway 130).  It’s actually even kind of comical when people try to get me to say “water” or “coffee” to see I’ll speak with the so-called “Jersey” accent.

Yes, our jug handles make the roads a little confusing to navigate.  Yes, the 80s “mall hair” and scrunched socks trends lasted well beyond the 80s for many people living in NJ.   And yes, NJ has a ubiquitous presence on TV and the Internet these days, with the stars of MTV’s Jersey Shore (somehow) having become our primary representatives. So yes, I fully expect that the jokes will keep on coming.

sunset at Sandy Hook, NJ

However, after catching the travel bug a few years ago, and learning to see the world through the eyes of a traveler, I’ve realized how much the state of NJ really has to offer.  NJ has a rich Native American history, and many significant Revolutionary War battles took place here – helping to secure the freedom and independence we know in this country today.  We have a diverse landscape including mountains, beaches, farms, and cities, and we have tremendous amounts of cultural opportunities.  NJ really is a true traveler’s destination and the perfect place to bring your wanderlust.

I took this sunset photo during my NJ travels, visiting the oldest operating lighthouse in our country, in Sandy Hook, NJ.  The grounds around the lighthouse, the Gateway National Recreation Area, is home to numerous endangered bird species and is a favorite location for beach goers, bird watchers, and photographers alike.  If you look closely, you can even see a bird, who calls Sandy Hook their home, in this photo.


Melissa Morris is the writer and editor behindthe Jersey Girl now part of Notes on the State of New Jersey. She can also be found on twitter t: @morriswrite. Her writings can make anyone (including me) start to appreciate one of the original 13 states – New Jersey.
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  • Christy Johnson

    Great post! As a Jersey Girl who found the Florida Keys, it was nice to revisit the Shore (Exit 98 for me).

  • Kirsten

    Happy Sunset Sunday Melissa and Craig!

    Great foto and I love Melissa’s words about New Jersey! I recently visited myself and found there indeed is more to love in Jersey than fist pumps.

  • Teevan

    Sandy Hook is a personal favorite, a very different feel than some of the beaches further where they is a lot of activity along the boardwalks. I happen to also love sunrise there, nice to see the sun coming up over the waves…

    • Melissa Morris

      You’re right, Sandy Hook does have a unique feel to it! Another really peaceful place to go is Bradley Beach. I spent many quiet mornings there this summer!

      Thanks for commenting!


  • Melissa Morris

    I know it wasn’t easy for you, but thanks for saying such nice things about New Jersey! Be sure to let me know the next time you cross over the river…


    • stayadventurous

      It is not as hard as I might make it seem. NJ has a lot to offer and your stories always seem to remind me… thanks for your guest post and comments.

      stay adventurous, Craig

  • Karan

    Hey New Jersey is really quite beautiful. I was at sandy hook in Sept. What a beautiful view I had –>

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  • Melissa Morris

    Thanks, Christy! (Once a Jersey Girl, always a Jersey Girl!)


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