This weekend we stayed down at the boat and it was so much fun. It feels like a little vacation each time we go down there-- even for just one night. We stayed both Friday and Sat this time. We are becoming really good friends with our boat neighbors Lisa and John (with the two dachshunds) and we spent a lot of time with them. Before I proceed to summarize our weekend highlights, I feel it very necessary to say that if you have not been to the Jersey Shore, you cannot imagine that New Jersey could have a spot like this. I have mentioned the beach and boardwalks before, but on Saturday it was as if we were in Santa Cruz, CA or Laguna Beach. We went with our new friends (sans dogs) to Pt Pleasant--about 2 mi from our boat. Its a beach town just like in California with the warm temps, the surfers, 'Jenkinson's' Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park (they even have an aquarium) and the beach restaurants and shops. We loved it! Never did we think that New Jersey could offer this type of setting. We headed to the Wharfside restaurant that has a huge outside patio and they were having their annual "Welcome Summer" opening complete with a live band, free food and tons of people. We stayed for a while and met friends of our friends (some that had boats at our marina). A couple times I caught myself looking out to the beach and just not believing that this is in Jersey. After leaving the patio party we all went back to the Marina and went for a drink on the "Honey Girl"--- Buddy's (our neighbor at the next dock over) boat.
It was pretty funny-- we were telling some of the people we met that we have many visitors coming this summer. They automatically thought we'd be spending the entire time with our visitors on the boat at the Shore. I told them that most of the people coming had never been to the city so we'd be spending most of our time there, but a day or so on the boat. It was interesting to us that the Shore ranked so much higher than the city. I suppose thats how we will feel one day when the city gets "old". (I think I am just saying that--as if NY will ever get old for me!!)
We didn't take the boat out on Sat--it was great weather, but a bit too windy. So we just hung out on the slip, went into town and layed out in the sun! Today though-- we took it out and had a nice cruise around for a few hours. Once back, Tom did some tinkering on the engines and I ran into to town to visit the local surf shop.
A fun weekend and we look forward to the next weekend-- a long one! :-)
Here are some pics of Jenkinson's Amusement Park and a shot of the beach--seriously.