Orange Leaves on a Rainy Fall Day

Fall is definitely in the air with the smell of rain over powering this area, pumpkin patches showing off big orange pumpkins, and the leaves slowly changing to a brightly colored red and orange.

This is above a pond that in the Winter it freezes and you can ice-skate on it. 

Raritan River and the rail road bridge. 

 Shento and I went and experienced the beauty of fall yesterday as we walked around the Raritan River Park. It was a drizzly day and puddles of water were scattered over the park. Shento took pleasure in running through the puddles and enjoyed the mud flying up around him. The stillness was incredibly relaxing and the beauty that surrounded us was quite and serene. 


Random Fun

Bear and I talked a couple weeks ago about making an effort to do something different and fun every week.  Here are some random pictures of the past couple weeks of some of our adventures. 
We decided that we wanted to have some fun pictures of Shento that we could frame in our extra bedroom. We decided to have a photo shoot with our dog. It turned out quite fun and pretty funny.  
  Shento had hurt his paw a couple weeks ago (it is still healing) and he just seemed so sad. I had to take this picture of his cuddled up in blankets. Bear and I on our motorcycle ride. It was probably one of the hottest days that we have had and getting off the bike to walk around was miserable. We ended up only walking around the lake for a minute because we were so hot. 

Last night we went out to dinner with all the anthropology grad students. It was a lot of fun to just go out on the town and be around people. All the people were so nice and it seems like we will have some fun times with all of them. Tonight we are going to the Hamilton Street Festival. I will let you know how it goes. 



I Love New York

New York is everything you expect and more. The hustle and bustle of the very big city is a little overwhelming at first but you get use to it and find that it is somewhat enjoyable being surrounded by many people, big buildings, and just about everything else you could imagine.  A couple weeks ago we had some good friends fly into Newark on a layover to Germany. They had such a long lay over that we thought we could do some exploring of the Big City so we caught a train in headed into New York City. Stepping out of the train into the train station was something right out of the movies. Time square was busy with people going in every direction and doing everything possible from touring the city to racing around in business. It's loud because everyone including buses think that if they honk the traffic might magically disappear. At that moment I think all four of us realized how little we really are in all reality. As we all started to adapt the shock of the craziness we started to really enjoy what the Big apple had to offer. After walking around Time Square we headed north to Central Park. This was beautiful. It is this quite sanctuary in the middle of this huge city. There is a bridge that you walk under that takes you to the Bethesda Fountain and near that people are rowing little boats in the small lake.  After that we headed to the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building. We watched some people break dance in the street and admired the bikes that had a cart attached to the back of the bike that people could sit in and enjoy the city by bike besides they are not the ones pedaling. As we moseyed along we went to the New York Public Library, and the Saint Patrick Cathedral which had amazing architecture and was just gorgeous. We walked for about 6 1/2 hours total and got to see some amazing things. We can not wait to go back and do some more exploring.
                                                     Central Park. The Bethesda Fountain   
                                                              Bethesda Fountain                                                                A bridge at Central Park                                                                  The Empire State Building                                                                              Time Square 
Saint Patrick Cathedral 
                                                                         Time Square