Thursday, August 20, 2009

Painted Lady

We packed the minivan on Tuesday and drove down to the Jersey Shore to stay at my sister's house in Ocean Grove. I posted a while back on my Top 10 Favorite Places, with Ocean Grove being one of them, and this trip it didn't disappoint. We spent the day yesterday in Atlantic City for the free airshow on the beach, which included the USAF Thunderbirds. There must have been 500,000 people on the beach. To avoid the traffic after the show, we spent some time swimming in the ocean and exploring Atlantic City. It's definitely worth coming back to and exploring more when we have more time. It's like a cross between Vegas and Coney Island.

Today we spent the day in Ocean Grove enjoying the restaurants, ice cream and of course, the beach. The surf was huge today, but so was the rip current so we had to be really careful not to get sucked out to sea with nothing but a boogie board. Both Cade and Sarah had their share of being steamrolled by some of the bigger waves. When we got back to the house, I found a half pound of sand in each of Cades swim suit pockets.

Ocean Grove is amazing. Every street is lined with uniquely painted and decorated houses that remind me of ginger bread houses. Caren's is shown below and is named The Painted Lady by the Sea. I had the pleasure of laying on a small love seat out on her front porch as the sun was setting, what my sister Ellen calls "The Fillet of the Day." The heat and humidity was being replaced by a nice on shore breeze as the Cicadas sang their late summer song. The sounds of the distant commuter train horn echoed in the distance. One by one, each of the houses on her block began to cast an amber glow as the interior lights came on at dusk. Seagulls flew by over head looking for a place to rest for the night. It was one of those rare moments where you don't have to think, you just have to "be" and soak in the richness of everything happening around you. It was delicious.

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