Greenbrook Nature Sanctuary small private place on the Palisades in New Jersey that we can get access to with a key because we are members. I added a circle created using polar coordinates in Photoshop to the picture of the falls.

Monmouth Shore

After our visit to Chessequake State Park I decided to eat dinner at the Drifthouse in a fancy resort by Seabright. The meal was lovely. However, they stuck us in an empty corner as if we were unsuitable clientele.

After dinner we made a short stop at Seven Presidents Park. I noticed an an area set aside for tern nesting. The wavy, wispy clouds were like spin sugar and as the sunset approached the highlights on the ocean picked up a blue and violet tints.

Cheesequake Plants

Read about Cheesequake in the post before this one: Cheesequake Birds – Sherry Felix – port4u. It is less than an hour’s drive from lower Manhattan. The recent rains made it optimal for many varieties of fungi to fruit.

Cheesequake Birds

How did Cheesequake get it’s name? Cheesequake is named after a sub tribe of the Lenni Lenape (equates to “Original people’) called Chichequaas. They spoke Unami and/or Munsee. The Lenape lived in the area of Eastern Pennsylvania, Northern Delaware, and SE New York including Western Long Island and Manhattan. Their land is called Lenapihoking. The Cheesequake band originally lived in the Sand Hill area of Asbury Park, now six lanes of the Garden State Parkway. Remnants of the tribe still live near there and many became carpenters. The town of Asbury Park has many houses that were built by the local Native Americans. They are still known as the New Jersey Sand Hill Indians and are headquartered in Montaque, New Jersey.

Cheeseaquake State Park is in Monmouth County, New Jersey. See some information about the park at NJDEP New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection,. The website with maps ,etc. is at NJDEP | Cheesequake State Park | New Jersey State Park Service ( There is a lot worth seeing in this small park. The trails are flat and there are many viewing platforms overlooking the marshlands. Parts of the blue trail that we attempted to follow is poorly marked and it is easy to lose the trail because of all the paths created by people leaving the trail. Fortunately, I use All-Trails maps with GPS and was able to find my way.

Stonecrop Gardens

On September 8, 2021 after the morning trip with Linnaean NY to Rockefeller SP ended we went with our friend Kathleen to Croton Point to possibly see birds and eat lunch. There where so many bees we ate in the car. After a brief stop at the Echo Canoe launch we decided to drive to Cold Springs, New York for coffee. After that we drove up to Stonecrop Gardens nearby STONECROP GARDENS – 81 Stonecrop Lane – Cold Spring New York 10516. It is a drop-dead gorgeous garden and well worth a visit. The view from the hills of the Hudson Highlands is magnificent.

Stonecrop, opened in 1992, began as a private garden. In 1958, Garden Conservancy founder Frank Cabot and his wife, Anne, built their home on sixty hilltop acres of fields and woods outside Cold Spring, New York. The land was a gift from Anne’s grandmother, Evelina Ball Perkins (more history at the website).