Second leg of a long cross-Jersey walk that began in Newark here. (Lead image: what, seriously, is a shriner, and why is this one holding what appears to be a tiny adult, or one of those prematurely aged Akira-children?)
Entering an area aptly designated the Montrose Park Historic District,barely out of Irvington but clearly coming off a totally different historical trajectory.
Not, however, TP-free.
And down to the Mountainview stop on the NJ Transit, in South Orange.
The view from the South Orange ridgetop, back towards Elizabeth and Staten Island.
Behind the hedge, an entire golf course along the highlands.
Then, unexpectedly, the proper woodlands of the South Mountain Reserve.
Out of the woods, and around some kind of zoo and a ropes course: penguin topiary.
Up another steep slope, more woodlands and a picnic area. Only a couple hours on foot out of the center of Newark, remember.
And then ther half-built subdivision of Bel Aire, somewhere between West Orange and Livingstone.
Masons, both free and accepted.
Suburban Neurology, for all your surburban brain surgery and lobotomy needs.
Russian provisions from Babushka’s Deli in downtown Livingstone.
And from here, outside the mansions of West Orange, I was able to catch a $3 bus all the way back to Newark Penn Station. I’d been walking for 5.5 hours.