Sunday, March 15, 2009

Morgan NJ

Cady's is long gone, but everyone familiar with the Jersey Coast train line or Rt. 35 south of the Raritan River knows this place, Morgan (Cheesequake) Creek. Because I so rarely drove this stretch back from Sandy Hook - Garden State Parkway crosses a marsh 1/2 mile west - it was just a brief, scenic view of Raritan Bay, until one afternoon when I was stuck in a traffic jam at the drawbridge & impulsively pulled into a parking lot & walked around. There's a marina, but it must have been a lively little fishing village, later a tourist stop, until the construction of the Parkway diverted shorebound traffic. Much of the bayshore area had a strange quality of backwater isolation until about twenty years ago, which was the largest part of its charm.

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