Hello, hello! It has been a busy couple of weeks – so sorry for the lengthy silence! The past couple weeks have been packed due to continued house work (we’re almost, ALMOST to the point of actually getting mold out of our house…yes, 2+ months after we first found it. Slow moving process, right?) and then Ben and I went on a vacation with his family. That’s what this post is about — we spent the past 4 days in Stone Harbor, New Jersey; close to where Ben grew up.
I will admit, the first time that Ben took me to the beach in New Jersey, I didn’t expect to like it. I didn’t think the sand would be as soft as it is along the Gulf of Mexico (where I’m from), I didn’t think the locals would be very friendly (I blame Jersey Shore for that imagery), and I didn’t think that the beach would be pretty. But,man…I was so wrong! Where Ben grew up is a really beautiful area. It is technically part of ‘South Jersey’ and is composed of various islands along the Atlantic that are connected to each other via bridges. On one side of the islands, you have the magnificent, wavy Atlantic Ocean. On the other side, you have a flat, consistently calm bay and marshland.
We stayed on the island of Stone Harbor which is nestled between Avalon and Wildwood islands. The weather was gorgeous; everyday was sunny and a little warmer than the previous one. We went to the beach a couple of times (which you have to pay for…THAT I am not used to!) and played among the waves in the Atlantic. The waves were really fun for me because I’m more used to the Gulf of Mexico which only gets a little rough when large thunderstorms or hurricanes are nearby.
I read a lot while there — working on this book right now! It’s not about the happiest topics, but I really like how it’s written and the story moves quickly. I have a feeling that it will end happily, but I could be wrong.
We hung out and relaxed with family throughout the trip (including my adorable 16-month old niece who has an amazing vocabulary…she picked up at least 3 new words in the course of 4 days!). Some of the highlights included take-out broiled crab cakes, flounder and shrimp from this little hole in the wall, ice cream from the very famous Springer’s (the PBO flavor – peanut butter Oreo – is amazing), and listening to jazz along the beach for Tuesdays at the Tower. It was one of the most relaxing trips I’ve been on in some time and was much appreciated.
We’re on our way back home now and have a couple days of work ahead of us before Labor Day weekend hits. Hope you’ve had a wonderful week so far!