The Scribble Picnic Summer Hiatus is now officially over and we are once again picnicking. Our host Michael and his lovely wife Alexandra are picnicking in new surroundings having moved from Colorado to Kentucky this summer. We're taking our cue from their new "explorations" to share a little exploring of our own this time.
One place that HWNSNBP and I like to explore is Barnegat Light, NJ where you can find Old Barney standing steadfast marking the inlet there. There is a rock jetty along the inlet that extends about a mile to get to the Atlantic Ocean. Part of the jetty has a cement walkway on top of the rocks with guardrails. At the end of the walkway, the nimble ones (of which I am not so much anymore) are able to slip through the guardrail and either continue on the rocks to the ocean or climb down off of them to the sand and continue the walk there. Water often collects along the inside of these rocks during high tide causing tide pools strewn with smaller rocks. You can often find birds foraging in these waters. This area of the island is a protected area for migrating birds that come here to nest. We've seen many types of birds there. Here is a link with more info on it: Barnegat Light.
We like to bring our bikes to Barnegat Light early Saturday or Sunday mornings for a quick ride around the area. The scenery is great, it's flat, and we have a 5-mile circuit we like to take. Most times at the end, we'll pick up pork roll, egg, and cheese sandwiches (or split one) sitting at the picnic tables along the other side of the lighthouse. (I know if you're not from New Jersey you won't know what pork roll is, but trust me, it's very good.) We do some people-watching as well as boat watching there. We haven't fished there ourselves in a while - maybe this fall.
I also did some exploring with new art supplies. I splurged on a set of Arteza brush pens and I've been playing around with them a little. (Purple mountain majesties anyone? Amber waves of grain?)
What I really have to "explore" is this mess on the dining room table. I know there are creative people out there who are very neat. I am not one of them. I won't apologize for it. I am comfortable in my own chaos. I don't ask others to be. But honestly, it doesn't always look like this. I'm still trying to get back into a creative schedule now that school has started again. "I'm doing the best I can." My new mantra for the year. (Take it anyway you like.)
So, off to Dotty Hill to join all the picnickers and see what they've got to EXPLORE. You can check it out too by clicking here.