Food was an integral part of our trip. I love to eat. I really love to eat seafood, so I made sure that was part of every lunch or dinner. I also managed a tasty beverage with every lunch or dinner as well. That is part of what vacation is about.
Here are a couple of pics of those:
|Delicious lobster bisque|
|Strawberry blonde ale at brew pub on the boardwalk|
|Steamed clams from Jonah and the Whale at the end of the boardwalk|
|You gotta love shrimp in your bloody Mary. But the siracha-sauce soaked beans I could have done without! This was from the Crabcake Factory.|
|On our way out of town the last morning, when it was pouring rain, we stopped at a "cute" bakery in Fenwick Island.|
As a kid, we spent hours at the beach daily (we went to OC pretty much every year). I don't know if it is just that my skin is older, the ozone layer is depleted, or what, but I ended up burnt and with a rash by the second day. This despite my drowning my skin in sunblock multiple times. Still, nothing can beat the ocean.
Here are some shots of that; the waves were pretty tough:
|I took this as soon as we set foot on the sand, our first day there. Hello, ocean!|
|These were the waves our last full day there. We did not go out as far.|
As a kid, our trip to OC was not complete without a trip to an amusement park and mini golf, so we made sure to do both of those things. Many of the rides at Trimper's on the boardwalk are still there, 20 to 30 years later. Unfortunately. I could not get J to go on the ones I wanted to. The four of us did ride the giant Ferris wheel, which gave us a spectacular view of the beach below.
|Lost Treasure mini golf|
|View from the Ferris wheel|
The place we stayed at was on the bayside, though our place did not have a water view, unfortunately.
Here are couple of shots from our neighborhood:
|This was the view behind our place.|
|Assawoman Bay, at the end of our street.|
|Geese in the water|
Since I am doing my best to maintain my fitness level, I made sure to walk and/or run every morning. It was quite humid the first few days, but being able to walk near water helped temper the 80-degree temps. I save my longest run for the last full day, when it was overcast. I had not run on the beach since I was a teen, I am guessing. Even then I am not entirely sure I did that. It is quite the challenge running along the ocean, but there is not way I could have handled the "regular" sand.
Here are some pics from that morning:
|Selfie of my running|
|Cool shot, I thought|
|I ran along the ocean. I am pretty sure I ruined my tennis shoes, but I think it was worth it.|
I admit my eyes welled up with tears as we drove home. I grew up a spoiled child who vacationed at least once a year. For a couple of years my family had a house on the bay in OC; unfortunately, between two working parents and a six-hour drive, we never made it there more than three times a year. After that we had a house on Indian Lake, which we did visit often. But towards the end of high school, we had some money problems; my parents' divorce followed a few years later, and all of the sudden we were struggling. That experience turned me into a frugal person, which is mostly a good thing. I truly appreciate experiences like these. When you vacation only every few years, you savor the moments. But you also can become sad knowing that you have a few more years until the next one.
I am just glad we had a great time, that J got to have a fun vacation. I appreciated being off work for a week, and the hubby, who hates his job, really was glad to be off. Hopefully my rash will fade soon! But I am more hopeful the memories will linger on.
Here's to the next adventure!