Walking by the water..

If you live in Monmouth County, NJ, I visited your drinking water today. That sounds weirder than it really is. The Manasquan Reservoir is located in Howell, NJ. This is about a ten minute drive from where I work. I went there today in search of some pictures for tonight’s blog. I shot a few and got a nice mile or so walk for my effort.  What was the most surprising thing about visiting the reservoir was the lack of animals that I saw.  I saw one squirrel and maybe five birds in the half hour or so that I walked around. Two of the birds were working a bird feeder at the environmental center.

The park was quiet. No school busses full of kids on a field trip. Not many people walking around. There is a perimeter trail (5.1 miles) that I did not walk on. I can’t walk five miles in an hour and be back to work on time. Maybe in two hours.  Who wants to go back to work all sweaty after exercising?  Not me.  In the picture I posted on Face Book the thing I saw in the picture was the blue of the sky and contrast of the lake. My wife and another person on Face Book commented that the water level look low in that picture. I looked on the NJ Water Authority website and they are reporting the reservoir at 83 % capacity.  The graph seems to put the current level between the highest and lowest levels for this time of year. See the chart here.

Other than that excitement, my day was pretty boring at work. The commute was much nicer than yesterday. Thankfully. My DW had a meeting in the morning and worked in her unit in the afternoon. DS1 was home late this evening. He said he stopped on the ay home for dinner. DS2 attended a study abroad fair at school today. He currently is thinking about Rome, New Zealand or Istanbul, Turkey.  What a varied group of choices that is.  DS3 and I traded texts about his trip home on Friday and his plans for the weekend. It will be good to have him home for a few days. DS2 is staying on campus with some friends.

Tonight’s pictures are from my walk at the Manasquan Reservoir. Enjoy!