The NJ Highlands (okay, you folks in Colorado can stop laughing now :) ) seems to be a no-convenience-store zone. I thought I'd get the Sunday paper and some buttered bagels if I happened to pass by a 7-Eleven or QuikChek, but I didn't see any of those. (There are no Wawa stores, of course, because there's no Wawa in North Jersey.) The other interesting thing about the area is the steepness of some of the roads. Holland Mountain Road in Jefferson Township was almost at a 45° incline at one point. Had to downshift to second gear to drive up that road.
I definitely have a tick problem. I applied Permethrin to my clothes to keep ticks off. It works. The trouble is the ticks are now on everything else! I saw some ticks crawling around in the car. (So I flicked them out onto the road.) Then when I got home, I saw a tick on a plastic shopping bag. It was amusing watching the tick climb to the top of the plastic bag by instinct in the hope of latching on to a passing deer. Once I was done being amused, I flushed it down the toilet.