City Lights to Mountain Tops

A Child’s Imagination

I remember being around ten or eleven years old. I lived in Newark, New Jersey in a building that was sixteen stories high in the sky. We lived on the fourteenth floor; the view was amazing to me as a child. I was not scared of heights and always found myself staring out the window daydreaming.
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I would stare and wonder what was behind all the trees that I saw in the distance. Was it a forest, where did it lead to, did everything stop at the trees? I had so many questions. I loved nature and being outdoors and exploring. I would picture myself traveling up to those trees that I could play in, camp in, or even get lost.

Brick Towers
Brick Towers (Marko Georgiev for The New York Times)

I am older now and still remember this; it brings a smile to my face. A child of innocence with an imagination running wild.  We lived at the bottom of the city; the trees to nowhere, so I believe were the neighboring towns of South Orange/West Orange. The treetops I saw across the horizon were South Mountain Reservation and Eagle Rock Reservation. Both great places to go hiking.

Ledgewood Park

Fast forward thirty-three years, I am married with children, and living in my beautiful home among those trees I dreamed of. The first thing people ask when I say, “we are new to the area.” “What brought you up to Roxbury?”  I would not say we are new anymore, it’s going on four years and we love living in this area. The peaceful sound of the water running from the Morris Canal to the birds singing building their yearly nests in our trees. This is what I imagined. 

                          bird nestbird nest

Moving to Roxbury Township

When we were looking for homes, I manifested what I wanted since I was a child. I just didn’t know it. I wanted trees, mountains, hearing the birds sing in the morning. I did not know they would be waking me up tweeting at sunrise, but I love it. I wanted to go far away from the city. We wanted to get away from the noise, and the rush.  The best part was our realtor grew up in this area and said Roxbury Township was a great place to raise a family.


We did not know the town’s amazing history and all the beautiful places to visit surrounding us. We have a wonderful neighbor who grew up in town as a child and loves sharing stories about Ledgewood.  We even found an old horseshoe in the backyard where the Morris Canal run through.

We live near the Kings Store and Museum that I was able to visit before COVID. It was amazing to see the store that also served as the town’s Post Office that was built in the 1800s.

Photography was and still is a passion of mine. Living here in Roxbury gave me so much material that I started my travel blog, The Traveling Aquarian. I love exploring new places to visit that are budget-friendly or free. I have children and our lovely boxer Dakota, so I am always looking for new adventures to explore.

Hiking with Dog
The Disney Collection at Chewy

Living in Morris County, there are many things to do and great places to eat. Please support local businesses and check out the following places I recommend with your family, solo or a much-needed date night. Living in Roxbury is fun all year round! 

To follow back to my childhood, it was everything I dreamed of living amongst the trees.

Fun Things to Do and Eat in Roxbury Township

Circle Bowl Entertainment-1107 Route 46 W, Ledgewood, NJ 07852

Big Ed’s Tap House and Grill (Inside Circle Bowl Entertainment)

Big Ed's Tap House and Grill

FLG X Adventure Course 59 Mt Arlington Rd, Ledgewood, NJ 07852

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Hiking Trails in Roxbury

Horseshoe Lake

Morris Canal Park


Ledgewood Commons Mall 

Take a trip to The Shops at Ledgewood Commons Mall -461 NJ-10, Ledgewood, NJ 07852

Five Guys, Panda Express, Walmart, Burlington Stores, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Five Below, Starbucks Coffee Co., Ulta Beauty Inc., Chipotle Mexican Grill, Red Lobster, Wendy’s, and Lemon Tree Marshalls, Ashley Furniture.

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Great finds at Burlington Coat Factory at Ledgewood Commons Mall

Ichiban Sushi 1034 US-46, Ledgewood, NJ 07852

Ichiban Japanese Restaurant

Don Jose Mexican Restaurant  124 US-46, Netcong, NJ 07857

Don Jose Mexican Restaurant

Outback Steakhouse-1070 US-46, Ledgewood, NJ 07852

Outback Steakhouse

Black River Barn– 1178 Route 10, West St, Randolph, NJ 07869

Black River Barn

Cliff’s Homemade Ice Cream 1475 US-46, Ledgewood, NJ 07852

Cliff's Skyscraper Ice Cream Cone Photo courtesy of Cliff’s Icecream

Tattoo Shops in Roxbury

I had to do a cover-up on an old tattoo and went to Pure Ink. I love elephants and was happy with my results!

elephant tattoo

Blood Moon Tattoo-760 US-46, #17, Kenvil, NJ 07847

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Great Fun with the Family Check out my blog with awesome places to take the kids!

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Castle Cove Mini Golf and Arcade

Castle Cove Minatare Golf and Arcade

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Check out more great things to do in Morris County!

Morris County Tourism

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