Jersey Shore

It definitely wasn’t on our vacation radar this year, but Mo and I found ourselves on a beautiful long weekend in Ocean City, NJ. Mo’s brother and family rent a home on the beach during the off season, and we were invited to stay; Southwest was having a fare sale, we had enough frequent flier miles, and we had a flexibility in our schedule to allow us to say, “Yes!”

The weather was cool an breezy while we were there, and the beach was very sparsely occupied. Paraglider surfers were out most days, as were a few kites, walkers (some with their dogs), and waders.

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Margie and Mo relaxing on the beach

We had a great time during an evening party on one of the first afternoons there, splitting time visiting in the house while snacking and drinking, and hanging outside visiting on the beach. A couple different mornings we happened to catch dolphins swimming southward just a ways off shore.

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dolphins!

We were only a few blocks from the south end of the boardwalk in Ocean City, so we drove north and took in a nice stroll, window shopping and people watching. We returned on a later night for some fine pizza.

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Ocean City boardwalk

Atlantic City loomed like Mordor to the north from our beach vantage point. While the Miss America pageant was being televised, we could look out the deck at the source of the broadcast.

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Atlantic City

On our last full day, we drove down to Cape May, the southernmost point of New Jersey, which is an old resort town. We we arrived, we were very much struck with how similar it was to Key West, although both being historical touristy resort towns with Victorian architecture, it shouldn’t have been a surprise. We took an informative trolley tour of the city, then walked through one of the historic homes on display. There were many shops we checked out, although even off season the place was hopping.

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Cape May shops

Thanks again Mark & Margie (and Greg & Danny) for inviting us and for being wonderful hosts. We had a enjoyable and relaxing time.

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