May 6, 2007

My Trip Down the Shore

I have a few friends, homeschooling moms, with whom I meet a few times a year for dinner and lots of chatting. The last time we went out to dinner and found ourselves not wanting to leave and go home, Mary suggested we meet at her shore house one night and have a sleepover. That way we could chat all night if we wanted. So Thursday was the night and Karen and I went down. Liz couldn't make it. We went out to eat. I had salmon oscar and there was so much absolutely delicious "oscar" I never got to the salmon. We shared a carafe of chianti...I got awesome crab bisque...and Mary served cheesecake back home to munch while we talked and talked... till my eyes were closing on the couch and I gave up around 2 am. I love talking with these ladies. They make me feel sane and normal in this crazy world.

When you travel to the shore in south Jersey, you will most likely pass this thing. It is a hubcap tree, as you can plainly see. It's been there for as long as I can remember, back into my childhood. Yes! They sell hubcaps!



After that monument, I always enjoy driving by the Atlantic Blueberry Company fields.




But the marshes are my favorite. Breathing in marsh air is like saline for the soul. When I was younger, the closer you got to the marsh and the shoreline, the more the air burned your eyes, it was so thick with salt and marsh gases. Now, the smell isn't so strong. I always roll down the window as I pass by. There's something about the marshland that never fails to make me think of New Jersey indians. I believe they were some of the most lucky Americans. New Jersey had great land and opportunity for native Americans and the early settlers. Marshes, ocean, pinelands, woods, rivers, sand, mountainous area... My grandfather, who lives in these parts and has his whole life, gave my oldest son his arrowhead collection. 180 of them that he picked up while plowing fields in south Jersey. Along with a few larger tools. I love imagining this land with those people living off it.

Here is a look south as I head over the bridge to Ocean City.






They are building a new bridge, I believe. These cranes had flags flying from them at half staff. A closer look revealed Virginia Tech flags hanging below many of them. As we left for dinner, the sun was setting and this was quite a site from the other side of the inlet. Unfortunately my camera was at Mary's place.


Over the bridge and straight ahead the Atlantic Ocean in just a few blocks. That's my first stop before I go to Mary's. I need my toes in the sand directly when I reach the coast.







You can't go up on the boardwalk without at least considering buying a box of fudge or salt water taffy. Or caramel popcorn, or some Mack & Manco pizza or...




When I was born, my parents lived near here. My dad used to push me in the stroller on the boardwalk. Actually, the story is that he'd let my stroller go on its own down the boardwalk ramps and my mother told me that's why I had such big eyes as a child.


At any rate, there is something about traveling down here that's a little like home to me. Maybe everyone feels like that at the shore, breathing in that air and looking off over a horizon of water. I love gazing over the water.




If you look closely below, you'll see lovers in the sand.





And the next morning, Mary made us breakfast. Coffee, eggs, bacon and yummy swirly rye bread.

19 comments:

rosemary said...

What a lovely story and pics...costal language differences...I am from California...I always called it going to the beach. You are so blessed to have these kinds of friends...something I seem to have missed throughout my life.

kenju said...

Hi, Jennie, Michele sent me. Congratulations on being her site of the day! I was in NJ in March (West Orange + Atlantic City). I had a great time. Thanks for the photos.

Mamacita said...

I've never been to New Jersey, but after seeing that beach and those blueberry fields, I'm putting it on my list of 'places I want to see.'

Did I mention that absolutely adore blueberries?

I'm here from Michele's, and hello.

Chris said...

It sounds like you had a really nice time. My four best friends all moved out of state this last year and I'm now without them and miss them terribly. No one can really afford to stay in California (where I am)anymore. I want a sleepover, too! Here from Michele's!

mar said...

what a beautiful place!! enjoyed your post and pics, congrats on being Michele's site of the day!!!
Your dog below is simply adorable...

Blue Monkey Jammies said...

Hello Michele sent me and I'm really glad she did. What marvellous photographs! Thanks so much for sharing.

michelle said...

michele sent me.. congrats on the site of the day! never been to NJ, but you sure do make it look beautiful!

Anita said...

I already visit here daily ever since I discovered you at Michele's a few weeks ago. But today, I'm directly from Michele's. I love your post; I can feel the breeze on my face and imagine exactly what the shore is like from your post. And I love the idea of an adult girlfriend sleepover party!! I need to plan one of those.

Pearl said...

Sounds like a wonderful trek. Saline for the soul. Thanks for sharing and congrats on being site of the day at Michele's.

Marie said...

OK! I need to go there now!!! This post brings back lots of wonderful memories for me. My family vacationed down the shore in south Jersey every summer when I was a kid (Ocean City and Sea Isle City). I looooove that boardwalk. I can still hear the sound of the boards ker-thunking under the rental bike's fat tires.

Great post & pics....

Michele sent me!

Happy Day!!

Goofy Girl said...

Looks like a lot of fun, yay NJ!

Michele sent me, congrats on being site of the day :D

Becky68 said...

What beautiful pictures, it's making me homesick for the beaches in Massachusetts & New Hampshire. I have over 5 weeks to get through before I can go see them but it's coming soon! Here from Micheles today.

Janet said...

Isn't it nice to get away and hang out with friends!

Hi, Michele sent me :-)

leslie said...

You know, I don't think I've ever been to the Atlantic Ocean before! And I've never smelled marsh air (swamp air, yes).
They don't have cool boardwalks like that in California. These are beautiful pictures.
Michele sent me.

Shephard said...

I love the easy flow of your blog!
I've never been to the South Jersey shore, and enjoyed the little photo-trip!

Michele sent me!
~S

hanulf said...

Congrats on being Michele's site of the day...

Great pics! Sounds like a lovely evening, with subsequent lovely morning...

Michele sent me :)

Diane said...

Great photos!

Indigo said...

hello, michele sent me! congrats on being the site of the day!

the pictures are beautiful, I have never been to Jersey (unless you count via Stephanie Plum)

panthergirl said...

Love that hubcap tree!!!!

Here via michele. Great photos...