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A Trip to New Jersey, United States - 20th October 2018

We head off to New York and New Jersey for a few days over half term - the trip being the first real test of flying with The Boys for an extended period of time, at least compared to previous aeroplane trips which have been no further than Mallorca or Barcelona. We're also staying with Phil and Tania at their pad in Short Hills - a nice part of New Jersey only 20 or 30 miles from Manhattan itself, with a direct rail link to Penn Station on 7th Avenue. This gives us a nice flavour of real "small town USA" as well as affording some respite from the frantic city. After we get there, we have an easy day visiting the Great Swamp in NJ, followed by a Diner experience at the Broadway Diner in nearby Summit

next album: Open-top Buses and a Day at the Museum, New York, United States - 22nd October 2018
previous album: Harry's Investiture and Lachie Leaves, Suffolk and London - 17th October 2018

2018 We rock up at the budget car parking 'facility' - in a golf club car park near West Drayton

We rock up at the budget car parking 'facility' - in a golf club car park near West Drayton

2018 The boys eat biscuits whilst we hang around for ages

The boys eat biscuits whilst we hang around for ages

2018 Fred hauls his bag as we get dropped off at Heathrow's Terminal 2

Fred hauls his bag as we get dropped off at Heathrow's Terminal 2

2018 The new Terminal 2 is much improved over the old run-down 1960s version

The new Terminal 2 is much improved over the old run-down 1960s version

2018 Fred and Harry hang around as we check in

Fred and Harry hang around as we check in

2018 Harry and Isobel

Harry and Isobel

2018 Harry on the travelator

Harry on the travelator

2018 A BA 737 trundles past

A BA 737 trundles past

2018 The boys are excited with their in-seat entertainment

The boys are excited with their in-seat entertainment

2018 We get pushed back

We get pushed back

2018 A plane heads off into the sunset

A plane heads off into the sunset

2018 A 747 in the dusk

A 747 in the dusk

2018 Heathrow's Terminal 5

Heathrow's Terminal 5

2018 Obligatory clouds-and-wing photo

Obligatory clouds-and-wing photo

2018 A race track and a football field

A race track and a football field

2018 The Manhattan financial district and New Jersey

The Manhattan financial district and New Jersey

2018 Isobel and the boys pile off the plane

Isobel and the boys pile off the plane

2018 Phil hauls out his actual Lego stash (that we used to play with) from the 1970s and 80s

Phil hauls out his actual Lego stash (that we used to play with) from the 1970s and 80s

2018 Phil has an impressive collection of vintage Lego brochures and instruction manuals

Phil has an impressive collection of vintage Lego brochures and instruction manuals

2018 Early 1980's Lego wasn't gendered at all

Early 1980's Lego wasn't gendered at all

2018 Simon and Harry run around in the garden

Simon and Harry run around in the garden

2018 Meyersville Presbyterian Church, on the way to the Great Swamp

Meyersville Presbyterian Church, on the way to the Great Swamp

2018 The volunteers at the Great Swamp visitor centre bring out a cool selection of dead animals and skeletons

The volunteers at the Great Swamp visitor centre bring out a cool selection of dead animals and skeletons

2018 Harry holds up a dead rat by its tail

Harry holds up a dead rat by its tail

2018 Harry inspects a fox tail with a magnifying glass

Harry inspects a fox tail with a magnifying glass

2018 We head off into the trees

We head off into the trees

2018 Off into the autumn leaves

Off into the autumn leaves

2018 In the trees of the Great Swamp

In the trees of the Great Swamp

2018 Birds take flight in the distance

Birds take flight in the distance

2018 The boardwalk looks like some old railway track

The boardwalk looks like some old railway track

2018 Funky stripey mushrooms on a log

Funky stripey mushrooms on a log

2018 A silver-bleached boardwalk

A silver-bleached boardwalk

2018 Phil and Isobel get some cash out

Phil and Isobel get some cash out

2018 A Summit strip mall

A Summit strip mall

2018 The Broadway Diner basement

The Broadway Diner basement

2018 Phil, Simon and Fred in the Broadway Diner

Phil, Simon and Fred in the Broadway Diner

2018 Fred makes paper aeroplanes

Fred makes paper aeroplanes

2018 All the boys are making aeroplanes now

All the boys are making aeroplanes now

2018 Fred has a milkshake

Fred has a milkshake

2018 Broadway Diner

Broadway Diner

2018 Fred and Harry mass around in the London-themed kids' room

Fred and Harry mass around in the London-themed kids' room

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We rock up at the budget car parking 'facility' - in a golf club car park near West Drayton