Gee, I dunno Charlie, I am from Jersey and live in Hunterdon County, and 1 mile
down the road is a Buffalo farm, I live next to Round Valley Resevoir, there's
lots of hills, open fields, trees, vegetable farms, dairy farms, horse farms,
and gee, we haven't gotten to Sussex or Warren Counties yet. Up there is more
of the same, plus stands of white oak, red oak, poplar, maple and pine. I see
about 70% of the stars I usually see when pike fishing in northern Quebec,
which is pretty good for a metropolitan light polluted area.
Everyone thinks Jersey is just the turnpike and refineries, and I can't blame
them, but Northwest NJ is still pretty, now I'm not saying its not "crowded"
compared to other parts of the country, but a country boy could survive in
places like Newton, or Frenchtown, Blairstown or Belvidere. I know I do.
Hell, I never lived more than a mile from a cow until I moved to North Carolina
for 5 years (never had "city" water, or sewers till then either), but I'm back
now 'cept I live a mile from a buffalo. Only problem is that in the Carolinas
I had about 4 local sawmills to get wood from, now I have to haul out to around
Williamsport PA to get reasonably priced hardwood. I sure miss going to Steve
Wall Lumber in Mayodan.