For our nation’s Independence Day, we took an impromptu drive up the coast of New Jersey to sample the offerings of local businesses. It was a nice day for it – if you were in an air conditioned vehicle.
When we got to Long Beach Island we decided to dip our toes in the Atlantic.
The beach was being replenished, but there were plenty of areas available for anyone willing to brave the chilly ocean.
Off in the distance, beyond the dredging equipment, you can see the approaching wall of humidity.
One word of advice though: If you decide to take a romantic stroll along the beach, take a change of clothes.
In the above image, you can almost see a rainbow hiding in all that mist. What you don’t see is the effect of those three waves out there. All three waves converged at my feet, soaking my shorts. Needless to say, it was very cold.
As luck would have it, a parade was starting just as we got back to the car. This provided enough of a distraction for me to change my shorts. Thankfully, there was enough room in the back seat to disrobe.
We stopped at a farm stand on the way home. The sweet aroma of fresh produce was intoxicating. They don’t call it “The Garden State” for nothing.
All-in-all, it was good to see people visiting my neighboring state. Though hit hard by Sandy, New Jersey seems to be recuperating fairly well.