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.    Suburban Wildlife.       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.

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?)

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Entering an area aptly designated the Montrose Park Historic District,barely out of Irvington but clearly coming off a totally different historical trajectory.DSC_7591
Not, however, TP-free.
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And down to the Mountainview stop on the NJ Transit, in South Orange. DSC_7595 DSC_7597 DSC_7598 DSC_7599 DSC_7600 DSC_7602 DSC_7603 DSC_7604 DSC_7605 DSC_7608
The view from the South Orange ridgetop, back towards Elizabeth and Staten Island. DSC_7610
Behind the hedge, an entire golf course along the highlands. DSC_7611 DSC_7612
Then, unexpectedly, the proper woodlands of the South Mountain Reserve. DSC_7616 DSC_7619 DSC_7620
Out of the woods, and around some kind of zoo and a ropes course: penguin topiary. DSC_7626 DSC_7627
Up another steep slope, more woodlands and a picnic area. Only a couple hours on foot out of the center of Newark, remember. DSC_7628 DSC_7629
And then ther half-built subdivision of Bel Aire, somewhere between West Orange and Livingstone. DSC_7631 DSC_7632 DSC_7635 DSC_7637 DSC_7639 DSC_7641
Masons, both free and accepted.
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Suburban Neurology, for all your surburban brain surgery and lobotomy needs. DSC_7652
Russian provisions from Babushka’s Deli in downtown Livingstone. DSC_7653 DSC_7654 DSC_7656
Suburban Wildlife.
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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.