Juking around the Jersey shore

Trip Start Jul 22, 2012
Trip End Oct 13, 2012

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Shady Pines

Flag of United States  , New Jersey
Sunday, August 12, 2012

After a nice walk around the pond in Lums Pond Park, Barb and I headed Blue off to the state of New Jersey.  It was a beautiful day as we crossed the Delaware, not in a rowboat like Washington, but over a bridge like modern, civilized folk.  Once into New Jersey we headed due south towards Cape May via country roads.  I never think of New Jersey as country, but we passed through some beautiful farm and woodland.  Lunch was had at a roadside seafood store and restaurant, grilled grouper, shrimp and scallops....delicious and healthy!

Cape May is the only place in New Jersey where you can watch the sunrise and the sunset over water....we did neither.  Our visit in the early afternoon cosisted of stopping at the Cape May Lighthouse and National Bird Refuge for a nice break from the road. This is a major destination for migratory birds and the starlings were the current occupants.  I learned something new, even some species of bats migrate south to warmer climates to forage for insects.  We took the obligatory pictures of the lighthouse, looked for different species of birds in the wetlands and enjoyed the view from the boardwalk over the dunes.

From here we drove up the coast to Atlantic City.  This was a first for both of us.  Quite frankly, it surprised us, we were both expecting more of an inner city feel for the area, almost like it was an extension of New York City.  Located on an island, it was smaller and cleaner than we expected.  The large highrise casinos were pretty similar to the smaller Vegas resorts, but without the huge theme park atmosphere.  The Boardwalk was the main attraction, or rather, attractions.  You walk past restaurants, video arcades, bars, go out to the beach, do lots of shopping, typical tourist type of stuff.  It helped that the weather was in the mid eighties and clear.  After an hour or so of gambling, we bid farewell to Atlantic City and headed onto the mainland to stay at Shady Pines resort for the night.
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