Navigating Jersey

Trip Start Dec 26, 2011
Trip End Dec 29, 2011

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Flag of United States  , New Jersey
Monday, December 26, 2011

Currently stuck in traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike. We have no idea what part of Jersey we're in, but the GPS is happy to give us latitude and longitude...I chose "Newark" for the map because I've heard of it and we passed a sign for it an hour or so ago. It is also extremely sunny and warm, weather which unfortunately won't hold for much longer according to the forecasts.

We left the house at around nine-thirty this morning. Mom somehow managed to think it was an hour earlier than it actually was, so we ended up leaving later than planned. (For the record, I would like to point out that all of my bags were packed and in the car first. That never happens!)

I managed to sleep through most of the Massachusetts highways. When I fully woke up, we were in Connecticut, with its jagged-edged-looking street signs (in my various travels around the States, I've noticed each state has fairly distinct street signs while also maintaining a state-to-state uniformity of sorts). Connecticut was very green despite having no leaves. The "parkway" highway was lined with bare trees, a few evergreens, and abundant green grass. Overall, very beautiful.

And then we came to New York. We drove through the Bronx and across the George Washington Bridge. The mess of high-risers, concrete, graffiti, steel, and polluted water is horrendous. Entering New Jersey wasn't much better - smokestacks galore and crowded highways. The nicest thing we've seen in a while was a patch of yellow dune-ish grass at the last rest stop. I know many parts of these states are very pleasant or even beautiful, but for someone who doesn't like cities much to begin with, what we just drove through was hell.

I'm sick of trying to type in the car - so many typos. But the windows are down, U2 is on the radio, we have apples and homemade chocolate-chip cookies, and we're six hours closer to our destination than we were six hours ago.
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