Hello! I'm excited to connect and grow a strong bear community in the Garden State. If you find this group be sure to join and hopefully we can grow big enough for meet ups and more.
I'll throw in a little introduction of myself. I'm pine swamp bear, name kind of says it all. I was born and raised in the southern half of New Jersey in the pine barrens and wet lands. Growing up I always enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and just red assing out in the woods with four wheelers and dirt bikes. Almost about 2 years ago I moved to Florida mostly for my career, after a while it didn't feel like home to me, and the heat was terrible. So I drove cross country and explored most of the great western states. After being out there for a while I felt distant from my family and home. Since then I moved back to NJ and began growing where I was originally planted. Through the inspiration of the bears and others I learned, gained skills, built, and am working towards building a family someday.
I'd love to connect with any local bears!
Take care and god bless.
Pine Swamp Bear
Hey brother, good to see another crusher here from NJ. I'll copy my intro from the South Jersey, Philadelphia, Delaware group to here.Good morning, fellow Bears. I'm Joe, I'm from Brick (south-central-ish
NJ), and I'll be stuck in this state for ~5 more years - until after I
finish up my apprenticeship. After that, I'm currently leaning towards
moving out to Wyoming, Missouri, South Dakota, or Idaho, with West
Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia on the table for closer options.
Until then, all I can do is pay off debt, save for the future, and keep
working on improving myself. I'm a bit of a hermit/recluse, but I
nonetheless feel both relieved and optimistic that fellow-minded
individuals exist in this general NJ/PA/DE area (especially here in
Yo men I am in Englishtown, I am getting out of here soon selling our houses and going to check out Idaho this week. Dirty jersey can keep the pot holes bending rims.
@cesar-espinoza Howdy. Good for you brother, I hope you can find a great plot of land to move to.@pine-swamp-bear Same here brother, slowly blooming here where I've been planted, but I'm limiting the depths of my roots. I won't be able to uproot for ~2 or ~5 years, depending on circumstances with my apprenticeship and the IBEW's rules and regulations. If I do end up staying here in NJ, I'm considering finding some land a little more inland and perhaps a bit to the south of where I'm currently at. That's great that you got to experience life in another state for some time, and that you got to travel cross-country and peep many different states. With respect to weather, scenery, gardening/homesteading potential, and community potential, which states did you enjoy the most?Cheers, brothers.
Hey update from Idaho, this place is legit and the people are some of the friendliest authentic culture I have met in our country.
When is our first NJ meet up ? Maybe a bicycle ride at some place that isn’t on lockdown.
I grew up in North Jersey, have been around here and NYC most of my life. I've always thought about moving, but there's something about the f-u attitude of New Jersey that I find endearing. I know that sounds ridiculous, but it's probably a bloom where your planted kind of thing. I'm saving to buy my own piece of property, while I do gardening and outdoor work at my brothers place in central jersey.
A meet up would be cool, let me know if something comes up.
Howdy @RicochetBear and @michael-4 , glad to make your e-acquaintances. It seems like both of you are crushing hard.@RicochetBear , my paternal grandparents live in Sussex county - within Vernon, to be more precise. It is beautiful up there, and I have many fond memories of visiting them from my childhood.@michael-4 , I also reside in Brick; and though I can't say I've heard of the name Nickerson, I did graduate from high school with a Casella in 2005. Is there a Matt by chance within your extended family? If it's the same gentleman, I don't recall ever interacting with him throughout our years together in school, but I knew of him / knew who he was by name and face; and it'd be a trip to learn that someone else I went to high school with is familiar with Owen Benjamin and the Unbearables community.
@electricianbear it’s a pleasure to connect or reconnect; however this makes sense. I sent you a message. Look forward to chatting.
Sup, Jersey Bears!!!!
I'm not all that proud to admit, cause I love my roots, but i don't live in Jersey anymore..
I just joined the site and stumbled across this particular forum and thought I'd drop in my love for you guys still representing!!!!! I grew up in Avenel, which is in Woodbridge Twnsp, up by Edison and those 2 big malls.. Same little town Rahway Prison is in. Spent my first 22yrs there. It's where a big part of my family still is, and all my best friends were built up from there. I love Jersey. Its home. Despite all of its problems. It's full of crushers apparently still ✊
Hey @michael-4 our bear-ancestors no doubt knew each other. I'm from the Brewster family line that traveled on that same ship that was not lost at sea. Nice to meet you.
@michael-4 nice! That's the same story I heard from my grandparents. Probably makes us cousins. Brewster is my middle name too.
@devin and @RicochetBear whats up guys! Just dropping in as to not leave y’all hanging and want to acknowledge fellow Bears. If you had read through, you may have seen that @michael-4 is my cousin and in particular @RicochetBearkind of funny how we could be related in some way.
Hey guys. Mike aka RFA Bear here. I made event pages for my family and friends asking if any of them were interested in these subjects. I personally want to get deeply involved in all of these ASAP. My cousin has 9 acres in Monroe for gardens and live stock. I just got my gun license and I’ve really enjoyed camping in more extreme conditions. I am also working on automated greenhouses for all year gardening and minimal oversight. Now I share it here. Which of you guys would like to have a meet up sometime and discuss this and more.
1 - greenhouses
2 - food storage, jarring, emergency storage, deep freezer
3 - chicken coops
4 - self defense
5 - shooting range
6 - extreme camping