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!
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.
Sunrise in Orange and Pink
I love ocean sunrises.
This ocean sunrise had it all: calm waves lapping on the shore, a distant orange orb rising from the sea, a column of light dancing on the waves between the sun and I, a wide-open sky with pleasant gradations of orange, pink and blue, and even eyelash-like shadowy rays above the sun created by a cloud. I’m glad I had decided that day to get up early for a morning run…of course, it was more my marathon-training schedule that made that decision for me!
Greta the Deep Sea Diver
I’m pretty sure Greta is not going to grow up wanting to be a deep sea diver…
From the Base of Sandy Hook Lighthouse
The Sandy Hook lighthouse certainly isn’t one of the tallest lighthouses…although from the base, it is still an impressive ~100 feet tall…but it is the oldest working lighthouse in the US, so I would say that still makes it pretty cool!