Playing in Foam
What do you do when you’re staying at a place on the beach and a storm rolls in and creates rough surf and tons of foam?? You go and play in the foam, of course! It was kind of gross wading through this sea foam, but hey, since we couldn’t go in the water or bake in the sun, we might as well have fun with foam. Amy, Heather and Jodie were definitely getting their lower legs all foamy around the time this photo was taken.
Choppy Ocean at Dawn
This sunrise was a welcome sight after a couple days of windy, rainy weather and very heavy surf. The ocean was definitely still pretty rough, as evidenced by the choppy waves in the distance, but thankfully things started to clear up for our last day at the beach for our vacation.
Delicious Nagle’s Ice Cream
Sure, it’s the middle of winter, and we might receive an inch or two of snow overnight…but any time is a good time to think about tasty ice cream on a summer day. These cones (orange creamsicle and black raspberry with fudge bits) did not last very long as Heather and I made quick work of the cool treats. We got them at Nagle’s Apothecary Cafe (in the background) in the town of Ocean Grove, NJ, and we would definitely be sure to stop by again the next time we’re in town!
Tallest Building in New Jersey
When I think about New Jersey, I don’t really think about tall skyscrapers (except for being able to see lots of them in New York City while in New Jersey…), but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any! The Goldman Sachs Tower in Jersey City is right on the Hudson River across from Manhattan, and at 781 feet in height, it is the tallest building in the state.
A Few Bobolink Cows
Cows are cool, and these cows on a farm in Hunterdon County, New Jersey were no exception. This one definitely had some interesting coloration going on. Heather and I visited Bobolink Farm last March, and we not only got to have fun with cows, but we got to do some cheese and bread tasting (everything was quite delicious!). The farm was great, and the owners were really nice, so if you are ever in the area, stop by for a fun time (www.cowsoutside.com).
Mount Minsi, from Mount Tammany
If you have ever driven through the Delaware Water Gap going from New Jersey to Pennsylvania on I-80, then you have likely seen Mt. Minsi and it’s big rocky cliffs. Mt. Minsi is on the Pennsylvania side of the Gap, and this photo was taken atop Mt. Tammany, which is on the New Jersey side. It was quite a climb to get up to this point, but it was well worth the panoramic views!
Dune Grass on a Windy Day
If given a preference, I would much prefer to be on the beach on a sunny, hot summer day than a cloudy, stormy, cold summer day…but that doesn’t mean a day at the beach is entirely ruined. On this particular day this past summer down at the Jersey shore, it was pretty lousy out with strong winds, but Heather and I enjoyed a little walk on the beach and around the nearby dunes. I thought the dune grass was doing a pretty good job of showing how strong the winds were! Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure these grasses and the entire dune were wiped out by Sandy a few months after this photo.