Been & Going

[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Fun Exploring a Cave

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Jersey Joe and his friends explore Crystal Cave in Eastern Pennsylvania, but come up with more creative names for the formations inside.

THE 411

What: Crystal Cave

Location: Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Discovered: 1871

Cave Temperature: 52°


This was a fun roadside attraction to check out.  I’ve seen the signs on I-78 advertising it for years.  The tour itself, took about an hour, after watching a 20+ minute introductory film.  If you’re in Eastern PA, it’s a great place to take the family.


[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Caption This #8

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You played along on Twitter and Facebook… Now, Jersey Joe crowns the winners of the latest round of CAPTION THIS.

THE 411

Name: Caption This

What: online Twitter and Facebook game on @JerseyJoe50’s feed



Keep and eye on my Twitter feed for another edition.  Also, join me for MATCH JERSEY JOE GAME – every Wednesday afternoon.  Let’s have some fun on social media!


[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] One World Observatory

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Jersey Joe checks out the observation deck, One World Observatory on top of One World Trade Center in New York City.

THE 411

What: One World Observatory

Where: top of One World Trade Center

Location: New York City

Purpose: observation deck, tourist attraction

Floors: 100-102


This is a great tourist attraction in New York City.  I never got to visit the original World Trade Center before it was destroyed, but I’m glad this is open to once again allow visitors a chance to experience the view.

There are a couple of things to remember… first, expect airport style security.  They check everything going in.  It is exactly the same security as you would expect at the airport.  The only difference — you are not required to take off your shoes, but everything else is the same. Hats, jackets, belts… they are all coming off!

Secondly, if you want to visit the bar or restaurant, you must purchase an observatory ticket.  There is no way around this.  So, don’t expect to just ride an elevator for a view just to go to the bar — you’re paying for the full experience.

The World Trade Center area is still a construction site.  As of this post, there are still massive areas of construction and the main transportation hub for the PATH and subways is still not complete.  Expect to find many temporary walkways and partially opened entrances at this time.


[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe LIVE] Ride on the Circus Circus Tram Reno

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Jersey Joe takes a ride on the Circus Circus tram LIVE at the Circus Circus hotel & casino in Reno, Nevada and chats live in this special rebroadcast.

THE 411

What: tram ride

Where: Reno, Nevada

Hotel: Circus Circus Reno

Why: connects distant hotel towers at Circus Circus hotel & casino

Hotel opened: 1978



I love how the executives and contractors at Circus Circus found a novel solution to a problem.  They took the fact that they had a distant hotel tower and turned that negative into a positive by adding two mechanical trams that add to the tourist experience.

Hotels and vacation resorts are everywhere and it’s up to the marketers to make each of these destinations fun and unique.  Circus Circus has done a fantastic job of that.  Most of the other hotel and casinos in Reno are the same, but this place has definitely figured out how to capitalize on many unique offerings, including their midway and circus acts, to stand out from the rest.  I will DEFINITELY be back!

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[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Ride the World’s Tallest Wheel

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Jersey Joe takes a ride on The High Roller, the world’s highest observation wheel located in Las Vegas, Nevada.  But, being in Vegas – this isn’t just a ride on your typical Ferris Wheel.  Climb aboard with Jersey Joe and see what it’s all about.


THE 411

Name: The High Roller

What: World’s Tallest Observation Wheel

Location: The Linq, Las Vegas, Nevada

Opened: 2014

Purchase tickets:


This is definitely a ride for everyone… well, except those that have a fear of heights!  Honestly, this wasn’t scary at all.  Being enclosed inside the climate controlled pods, you actually lose all sense that you are on a Ferris Wheel.  This is one of a handful of family friendly attractions Vegas has to offer.  Give it time, I’m sure someone will get married on this thing at some point.

The views really are impressive and something that should be seen in person.  Next time, I’ll definitely have to check this out at night.  The price goes up, but Vegas at night is something to be seen.  Just make sure to put this on your list the next time you make a visit to Sin City.