About the Lostinjersey blog

URBAN EXPLORATION. PHOTOGRAPHY. HISTORY. THE ENVIRONMENT. (and bacon) (oh yea and zombies)

It’s happened to all of us. We take a wrong turn and find ourselves on a road which doesn’t feel right. The houses look like something out of Deliverance or Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and something in your bones tells you to drive as fast as you can before something bad happens. Maybe you know someone who stands out because they’re just a little different, someone so unusual that the entire town knows about it. Perhaps you’ve seen a UFO or strange lights in the sky, or maybe you’ve seen something unusual sitting on the roadside, like a 10 ft tall giant robot made of scrap metal, or a house that looks like a cookie jar.

This site is dedicated to all those people, places and things that make NJ unique; that make us go “woah” or say WTF?!? In this blog I will share with you what I’ve seen in my explorations. Now that this site is blog based, it will afford a lot more interaction between me and the reader. Have you seen something strange or unusual? I find these places one of three ways. I read about it in the mass media; I keep my eyes open for anything out of the ordinary; or someone tells me about it directly. I want to hear your tales of midnight riding, of getting trapped in an abandoned psych facility, and of course I welcome your photographs. Maybe just maybe, you’ve discovered the next Clinton Road and you don’t know it yet!

I am for the most part, non-judgmental about what I hear and what I see. I read a survey that said that 70% of people believe in UFO’s but only 10% would believe a friend who said he saw a UFO. For most of us, seeing is believing. I like to check things out for myself because I want to experience it for myself. I’m not here to debunk anything or tell anyone that what they experienced isn’t how it happened. I do believe that most events have much more mundane explanations then the wild reasons that are often thrown about, but that doesn’t mean I’m right. I’m not Charles Forte, Ripley, or even a Mythbuster. I like a good tale as much as anyone else, so share with us your strange adventures and I’ll tell the world on this site.

For me this is about so much more then urban exploration. I love photography and I love history. When i visit an abandoned factory, I want to know what it made, why it went out of business and what these wonderful machines did. This blog endeavors to be more then just “Oh look, pretty pictures”. I hope to let you know what it is you’re looking at. If I were a reader, i’d sure want to know.

This blog also focuses on the evnironment. NJ has over 20,000 superfund sites, more then any other state. There are a lot of abandoned factories and assorted properties leaking god knows what into the soil. I am very concerned about the environment and will cover such stories when they come across my radar.

Finally, I love bacon. I loved bacon long before it became a fad on the internet. I post about anything bacon related. It’s like bacon porn to me. So comes for the urban exploration. Stay for the bacon.

13 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Clyde Cottom on June 11, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    I was stationed at the Sweedsboro Nike Base between 1962 and 1965. I worked in the Launcher area a short time as Radar Operator and over two years as a cook. Cook was definitely the best job on base. I won the best Mess Hall in the Batallion during my last six months in 1962. I watched a couple of poor quality films on this but they were all if the Launcher Area. The Radar area was next to Sweedsboro Road across from the cemetery. I also ran the PX.

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  2. Posted by Dan on April 15, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Great blog. My mother was born in Bayonne and grew up in Roselle, and I still have family there. Every year, we’d drive down from Canada to visit, and this blog pretty much perfectly sums up everything I found so fascinating about the area – a place with a history, complexity, and, well, weirdness that I still love and appreciate.

    These days, I work as an environmental engineer, so thanks for also posting on environmental topics. You keep blogging and I’ll keep reading. Deal?

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  3. Posted by Kirsten on December 13, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    I’m so glad I found this blog! I love urban exploration and just generally exploring back roads and trails but besides the obvious Weird NJ it’s hard to find a local connection.

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  4. This is a great site! Keep up the good work!

    http://njurbanforest.com/

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  5. Posted by matt on January 26, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    On courtright rd, on the border of ny on the outskirts of highpoint st park is the remains of a camp. I grew up on that road and spent more than enough time at the site. Nobody can tell me its name, ect. Not even rangers. Just stories of it being an old girl scout camp from the sixties. I have heard of a horrible fire, deaths ect. The only evadance to support that is the foundations with chared remains ontop. Please email me back…

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    • Posted by Colin on November 28, 2012 at 8:58 PM

      I’ve been to the camp also.
      Me and my buddies were exploring the stream looking for a swimming hole and stumbled upon it by accident. We asked around and got the same story you did.

      Creepy.

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  6. Posted by steven on November 10, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    To whom it may concern
    I am writing you concerning your blog article about the Ramapough. I request that you do the right thing and please remove it. We have children in our community that read these negative thngs about them and it’s upsetting. I understand your curiosity with us, but believe me, there is nothing to be curious about. We are no different than any other community. We had someone 30 years ago who was also curious about our community and wanted to write his thesis on us. I’m sure you heard of his name, David Cohen. What he found was nothing special so he made up most of the garbage in his book and now we pay the price of denying his story. This is what we got for trying to relate to the outside communities. We have had enough of people trying to make money or fame from our living. I will suggest for more information about us, read our wiki page. After a long struggle to keep the facts and dispose of the rubbish, i think it finally has something to offer. Also, there is a book called “Indians in the Ramapos” that is a excellent source of who we are. If you have any questions, please contact me at the email above. I’m also the webmaster of our tribal site. I will not do interviews and anything discussed between us will be off the record.

    thank you
    Steven

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    • Posted by lostinjersey on November 22, 2009 at 9:10 AM

      I have tried to be respectful in what I have written and I do understand your concerns. To suggest that I need to remove it because there’s no story, that’s simply not true. the ramapos have been around a long time, and are part of NJ history. they’ve had massive problems w/pollution. they have for decades tried to attain a legal status and have failed to do so. it is unfortunate that there are people who think its ok to come and stare. but no story here? i disagree. If there’s nothing to see and there’s no story, why do you need a wiki? why do you need a webpage? This seems contadictory.

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  7. Posted by Ann Falstrom on October 5, 2009 at 8:17 AM

    How will I find the pictures of Saturday’s Zombie Walk in Asbury. I was the zombie nun with the ruler. Thanks
    Ann

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  8. I love your site. Keep it up !

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    • Posted by lostinjersey on March 24, 2009 at 3:03 PM

      thanks. there’s a lotm of material still to be moved over from the old site, and lots of newnewnew material to add once that’s done.

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