The While We’re Here Bucket List

We added and updated the list!!

We just moved from Virginia Beach, VA to the Jersey Shore this past December. My blog turned into a ghost town since the move and all while I was trying to revamp the blogΒ . But we’ve been super busy moving, unpacking, 2 sick furbabies and just settling in and dealing with the winter blues for the first time in a long long time. But finally spring is starting to creep in and our kitties are feeling better so I thought it was time to dust off the blog and get back at it!

We will be here in New Jersy about 3 years soooooΒ we started making our New Jersey Bucket List!! We want to make the most out of the time we have here with as many adventures in NJ, New York and even the Philadelphia area of PA that we can.

Visit New Jersey

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Lot’s of hiking! New Jersey has quite a few great areas for hiking. Looking forward to autumn hikes the most and hope to get in some of the Appalachian trail (think, Stairway to Heaven)!! The Appalachian Trail is gorgeous during the autumn months! Top 10 Hikes In New Jersey If you are into hiking, High Point State Park supposedly has nice loop hikes incorporating the AT trail through it. Plus it is the highest point in NJ which means some beautiful views during the fall season!

Beach hop. We want to spend time all along the Jersey Shore and maybe a bit up into New York checking out the different beaches and beach towns! We’ve kind of started as you’ve seen by some of my last blogs. Of course it’s been way too cold to get in real beach/ocean time or to see how crazy crowded the Jersey Shore beaches can get during tourist season. All 44 beaches in New Jersey, ranked worst to best

Daily fitness/nutrition goals. Can we say, slackers?? Between the move and my hubby traveling for work our nutrition and fitness has kind of gone down the toilet so to speak. So now it’s time to get our act together. This will include lots of hiking, yoga, and Les Mills programs. This much we figured out before the move, the combo of these three things WORKS to add strength while making us lean and fit. My hubs will add a bit of running in there because it’s required for his job but I decided I prefer race walking and hiking. I’m a faster walker than runner and I enjoy it so much more! But of course no amount of exercise matters if nutrition sucks. Our plan is Vegetarian/Flexitarian Mediterranean nutrition plan. 30 day free trial Les Mills On Demand: sign up for a new LES MILLS On Demand subscription. On that page click the green text “Redeem Promo Code”, paste the code in and click apply. Your code is: supinesubstance57
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See Hamilton on Broadway! Yes, it’s expensive, and yes we will get the least expensive we can get lol, but it’s something we both want to experience. And maybe a few others too like Cats and Phantom. Broadway.com

Photograph a walking tour of New York city. I want to soak up as much of the city as we can. I’ve always been a city girl and could see myself living there. But this city girl is married to a suburban kind of guy. And I agree in part because I can’t wait to have a garden and a yard for our future dog to play in!! New York City: The Official Guide

Yankees game(s)!! I LOVE baseball and the hubs is ok with it (he’s not a big sports guy). I’ve been a Yankees fan since I was little, even while growing up in Ohio near Indians (I wish they’d change the name already) stadium and going to Indians games. So we gotta go, even if I’m in the bleachers or nose bleed seats! MLB New York Yankees

 

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Bronx Zoo…As I get more and more into the issues animals face, while wishing they could thrive in the wild, let’s face it we are eating up and destroying all the wild spaces! Most of my adult life I’ve been anti zoo and anti captivity. And while that still stands true for the most part. I can also be honest enough to admit we at times are fighting a losing battle to keep the animals safe and safe from extinction. One day zoos may be the only real safe zones for them. So I am a zoo advocate while still being a harsh critic of zoos. They need to do more, they need to actually keep them safe and not exploit them. They need to help the species to survive and thrive and not just for profit or human amusement. So we like to visit zoos to see how they rate as far as concern for their residents. *The Bronx Zoo opened November 8, 1899. TheΒ Bronx ZooΒ is aΒ zooΒ located withinΒ Bronx ParkΒ inΒ the Bronx, aΒ boroughΒ ofΒ New York City. It is one of the largest zoos in theΒ United StatesΒ by area, comprising 265 acres (107Β ha) of park lands and naturalistic habitats separated by theΒ Bronx River. On average, the zoo has 2.15 million visitors each year. The Bronx Zoo is world-renowned for its large and diverse animal collection, and its award-winning exhibitions.[5]Β The zoo is part of an integrated system of four zoos and one aquarium managed by theΒ Wildlife Conservation SocietyΒ (WCS), and it is accredited by theΒ Association of Zoos and AquariumsΒ (AZA).[6] Bronx Zoo: Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Bed & Breakfast at Christmas in Cape May. Cape May New Jersey is a little bit magical during the holidays. The little coastal town is lit up with holiday cheer and touches of old fashioned Christmases gone by. Since they have so many century type homes still standing and still taking in guests and residents Christmas touches are just a little extra in the sweet town. Filled with small shops, confections and collectibles it’s the perfect place to welcome the season! I fell in love with Cape May when we first arrived here in December. We went down for trolley rides; one was an old fashioned Christmas ghost story while riding the streets of the town, one was an actual guided tour of the homesΒ  and bed and breakfasts as we were told the rich history of the town. All the homes and B&B’s were decorated with lights and trimmings for the trolley tours. A must see if you’re ever in the area! Cape May

See the Battleship New Jersey. Historical site.Β USS New Jersey (BB 62) Wikipedia Battleship New Jersey

Visit Atlantic City & The Boardwalk.Β We already did a bit of this the past week. We wandered the boardwalk and the beach, drove around the city and visited a great little eatery, The Enlightened CafeΒ which is also a great community outreach. We have tickets to see Piff The Magic Dragon this weekend in Atlantic City. The area tends to pull in loads of great entertainment throughout the year. Atlantic City is mostly known for gambling but neither my hubs or I tare into that.Β  Atlantic City NJ

 

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Make snow angels! We haven’t seen a lot of snow during our 10 years living in Virginia and when we did we did it didn’t last long. It’s been a long time since I’ve made a snow angel and I plan to make them often during the winter months here. And speaking of snow, maybe some sledding and other winter sport activities while we’re this far north!

Six Flags Great Adventure. We already have season passes. One of the biggest pluses to being in New Jersey is that we are near Keith’s family! We plan many a visit with the fam to Six Flags while we’re here since it’s one of their “go to” spots with our niece and nephew! Added bonus is that we live super close!! Six Flags Great Adventure

Ellis Island & The Statue Of Liberty. This is simply one of those things you just need to see if you’re in or near New York City. History! Ellis Island

Explore Philadelphia! This city is another that’s rich with history. I regret in the entire 10 years we spent in Virginia we never took a trip to Washington DC to soak up all the history. So we don’t plan on skipping that with Philly! The 10 Most Essential Things to Do on Your (First) Visit to Philly

Dig For Herkimer Diamonds!! You can prospect for your own Herkimer Diamonds in Herkimer NY! “Herkimer DiamondsΒ are high vibration crystals, that boost clairvoyant and clairaudient abilities. There’s even a KOA camping resort you can bunker down at! Can’t wait to get my hands dirty!!

Popcorn Park Zoo, speaking of zoos. Popcorn Park Zoo is a small 7-acre zoo. According to the Associated Humane Societies, the zoo is “a sanctuary for abandoned, injured, ill, exploited, abused or elderly wildlife, exotic and farm animals, and birds.”Β  This is someplace special and I want to celebrate that! Popcorn Park

 

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Paranormal Museum Asbury Park??? Unexplained phenomena, legends, folklore, myths, or are they?? The Paranormal Museum is a storefront and museum, in the tradition of “Roadside America” days gone by attractions.Β It houses a collection of historical and educational exhibits and just sounds like a heck of a lot of fun! I’m up for the macabre!! Paranormal Museum Asbury Park

Seashell Museum, because beach, sea, shells. I’m all about all things beachy and ocean related so this sounds like a great little day trip!! The Discovery Seashell Museum

Morey’s Piers & Wildwood. Morey’s Piers is a 6-block beachfront amusement park featuring 100+ rides & attractions including seasonal water parks. And Wildwood NJ has some great beachfront to explore and enjoy some sunshine at!!

Grounds For Sculpture. For my artistic side this place looks gorgeous to visit!! Grounds For Sculpture is a 42 acre sculpture park and art museum!

Cape May Lighthouse Full Moon Climb A great fitness challenge doing something you know you’d like to do anyway, that’s the way I see it anyway lol. Lighthouse Full Moon Climb

Off Roading The Pine Barrens, yikes! Rattlesnakes, frogs and a whole lotta swamp! But, we have a jeep so we can adventure!!

Rock Climbing. This is uncharted activity for hubs and me. I’ve talked about it and repelling often as something I want to try out. So time to strengthen up our arms and legs and dig in! These are the most popular places for rock climbing in N.J.

 

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My not so little list keeps growing. I started this blog post before we moved, that was in November and when I opened the draft I had to edit in so much more we’ve found to see and do. So many parks and hikes we are super excited about! So many beaches to explore! Now we’re in search of the lesser known out of the way gems that only locals know about. So this list WILL be added to on the blog and as we do them, I want to cross them off the list to see how much we accomplish!!

<We’ve been honest that this wasn’t the easiest move. We called Virginia Beach VA home for 10 years of our 11 years together and all of our married life together. So Virginia Beach was home to us. But being in New Jersey has so many high points we can’t not be excited. Especially with family being here. I started this list to get myself ready for new adventures and discoveries and I know we’re gonna make a lot of memories and have a lot of fun!

 

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If you are in the New Jersey/Philladelphia/New York area and have a fabulous sight you think we should check out or activity we may want to dive into, leave me some info in the comments and it may get added to this list!

*Italics: Wikipedia

 

 

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Busch Gardens 07/30/2017

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I walked🚢🏽 alllllllllll day lol. Β Close friends of ours were heading to Busch Gardens for the day and we hadn’t been there together since 2007 when the Griffon roller coaster🎒 ride first opened there.

It was a short travel to get to Busch Gardens, about an hour. We arrived at around noon and left after Celtic Fyre at about 9pm. It was a long day of walking, burning a whole lot of calories and having fabulous day with friends.

My hubby & I had so much fun even though we didn’t do many rides. Keith did a few of the coasters (If you are in to roller coasters, you’ll LOVE this park) with our friend Jason while me, Jason’s wife Wendy, their son and our friend Rachel (her hubby had to work 😞) and her two girls took the kids for their rides and fun adventures. We all met up after and went to the “More Pet Shenanigans Show”. Β πŸ˜ΈπŸΆπŸ•ŠοΈπŸ”πŸ€πŸ·All their animals are rescues and they are treated really well. The show was realllllly cute and funny. The video below wasn’t the show we attended (this was posted last year) but all the animals seemed to be super happy and having fun. All the dogs were wagging their tails and looked loved.

 

 

 

The whole layout of Busch Gardens is really beautiful, with lots of places to stop and rest in the shade and get cool drinks. We did a meal package plan which was very reasonably priced for a theme park. And the food, although cafeteria style was delicious, with healthier options available. There are adventures and experiences for all ages and the park is kept clean (even the bathrooms).

After theΒ More Pet Shenanigans Show, we all kind of went our separate ways. Jason and Wendy headed home and Rachel and the girls went over to have fun with the Sesame Street Show and fun play area. Keith and I went to see Britmania, a musical show about the British invasion of music into the U.S., it was a fun show especially if you are a fan of musicals and music. After that we grabbed some dinner in Canada since we had done lunch in England. The park is divided up by hamlets to be able to travel your way around the park. Each of the hamlets has their own shops with fare that would be from that hamlet. From baked goods, to jewelry.

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  • Banbury Cross (England)
  • Heatherdowns (Scotland)
  • Sesame Street Forest of Fun
  • Killarney (Ireland)
  • San Marco (Italy)
  • Festa Italia (Italy)
  • Rhinefeld (Rhineland Germany)
  • Land of the Dragons
  • Oktoberfest (Bavarian Germany)
  • Aquitaine (France)
  • New France (French Canada)

 

After dinner we headed to Celtic Fyre, which was the show we were most looking forward to seeing! If you like celtic song and dance, you would be mesmerized by their performance! It was Broadway level showmanship and artistry. We would go back just to see this show again! Below is a promo for the show.

 

 

We headed homeward bound after Celtic Fyre. I ended up burning about 1, 400 😯calories just walking around all day! So all in all it was a pretty ✨magical ✨day

 

 

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π‘―π’Šπ’Œπ’Šπ’π’ˆ. 𝑰 π’π’Šπ’Œπ’† π’‰π’Šπ’Œπ’Šπ’π’ˆ π’Žπ’π’“π’† 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏 π’‚π’π’š 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 π’‘π’‰π’šπ’”π’Šπ’„π’‚π’ π’†π’™π’†π’“π’„π’Šπ’”π’†. 𝑨𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 π’Šπ’ π’Šπ’•π’”π’†π’π’‡ π’”π’‚π’šπ’” 𝒂 𝒍𝒐𝒕.π‘»π’‚π’Œπ’Šπ’π’ˆ π’Šπ’ 𝒏𝒂𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆 π’Šπ’ 𝒂𝒍𝒍 π’Šπ’•’𝒔 π’ˆπ’“π’‚π’π’… π’‡π’π’“π’Žπ’”; π’Žπ’π’–π’π’•π’‚π’Šπ’π’”, π’•π’“π’‚π’Šπ’π’”, 𝒃𝒆𝒂𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒔, π’‘π’‚π’“π’Œπ’”, 𝒆𝒕𝒄… π’Šπ’” π’—π’†π’“π’š π’ˆπ’“π’π’–π’π’…π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒂𝒏𝒅 π’„π’‚π’π’Žπ’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒕𝒐 π’Žπ’†. π‘½π’†π’“π’š π’Žπ’†π’…π’Šπ’•π’‚π’•π’Šπ’—π’† 𝒂𝒏𝒅 π’ˆπ’Šπ’—π’†π’” π’•π’Šπ’Žπ’† 𝒇𝒐𝒓 π’Šπ’π’•π’“π’π’”π’‘π’†π’„π’•π’Šπ’π’ 𝒐𝒓 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’‚π’ƒπ’Šπ’π’Šπ’•π’š 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒉𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’Žπ’Šπ’π’… π’„π’π’Žπ’‘π’π’†π’•π’†π’π’š 𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 π’•π’‚π’Œπ’† π’Šπ’ 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’”π’„π’†π’π’†π’“π’š 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒉 π’ƒπ’†π’π’π’˜ π’Žπ’š 𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒕. 𝑰 π’“π’†π’„π’†π’π’•π’π’š 𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒏𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 π’Šπ’” 𝒂 π’•π’†π’“π’Ž 𝒇𝒐𝒓 π’˜π’‰π’‚π’• 𝑰 π’π’Šπ’Œπ’† 𝒕𝒐 𝒅𝒐 𝒂𝒏𝒅 π’Šπ’•’𝒔 𝒄𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒅 π‘΄π’Šπ’π’…π’‡π’–π’ π‘―π’Šπ’Œπ’Šπ’π’ˆ. 𝑰 π’π’Šπ’Œπ’† 𝒕𝒐 𝒍𝒆𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒆𝒙𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒕𝒔 𝒅𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’•π’‚π’π’Œπ’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒔𝒐 𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 π’Šπ’” π’Žπ’π’“π’† π’Šπ’π’‡π’ 𝒂𝒏𝒅 π’Šπ’…π’†π’‚π’” 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 π’”π’•π’†π’‘π’‘π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒐𝒏 𝒂 π’Žπ’†π’…π’Šπ’•π’‚π’•π’Šπ’—π’†Β π’•π’šπ’‘π’† 𝒐𝒇 π’‰π’Šπ’Œπ’Šπ’π’ˆ π’†π’™π’‘π’†π’“π’Šπ’†π’π’„π’†!

 

 

 

hike_spot2π‘·π’‰π’šπ’”π’Šπ’„π’‚π’ π’‚π’„π’•π’Šπ’—π’Šπ’•π’š. π‘©π’†π’‚π’–π’•π’Šπ’‡π’–π’ π’”π’„π’†π’π’†π’“π’š. 𝑾𝒉𝒐 𝒅𝒐𝒆𝒔𝒏’𝒕 π’π’Šπ’Œπ’† 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’π’„π’„π’‚π’”π’Šπ’π’π’‚π’ π’‰π’Šπ’Œπ’† π’Šπ’ 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’ˆπ’“π’†π’‚π’• 𝒐𝒖𝒕𝒅𝒐𝒐𝒓𝒔? 𝑨𝒏𝒅 π’˜π’‰π’†π’ π’šπ’π’– 𝒂𝒅𝒅 𝒂 π’π’Šπ’•π’•π’π’† 𝒆𝒙𝒕𝒓𝒂 π’‚π’˜π’‚π’“π’†π’π’†π’”π’” 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’†π’™π’‘π’†π’“π’Šπ’†π’π’„π’†, π’šπ’π’–π’“ π’π’–π’•π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒄𝒂𝒏 π’ƒπ’†π’π’†π’‡π’Šπ’• 𝒃𝒐𝒕𝒉 π’šπ’π’–π’“ π’ƒπ’π’…π’š 𝒂𝒏𝒅 π’šπ’π’–π’“ π’Žπ’Šπ’π’….

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