Wednesday, August 25, 2010
The Jersey Shore
No, this is NOT a post about Pauly D, Snookie or J Woww. I will however shamefully admit to having viewed an episode (or three) of this indescribable phenomenon and justifying it as research for this trip.
Here’s Laurie G. going incognito in her favorite beach hat and juicy sunglasses. Given that it is early in the day and you can already see a slight tone of pink I think there might be another type of “Situation” occurring.
We began our beach trip by checking into the The Chalfonte, a Cape May hotel that dates back to 1876. It was heavy on the charm and light on the air conditioning. But there was a sweet porch.
The room we stayed in can only be described as quaint. It lost some of its charm when the fire alarm went off not once, but twice in the middle of the night.
The dining room was pretty and featured artwork by local artists.
You could also choose to dine outside.
I think the best part of the hotel was the view from the third floor cupola.
Sweet girl and Sweet Boy were eager to hit the beach.
It wasn’t long before they were making friends with a few sea creatures.
They insisted on being photographed with this rescue boat.
I thought my camera might be broken so I took a second shot just to make sure. Phew, it’s working.
We also drove over and saw the Cape May Lighthouse.
Early the next morning we were back on the beach.
The sky was overcast and the day felt perfect. The kids set out to build a huge fortress.
Sweet Girl was nice and didn’t dump the icy water on Sweet Boy’s head. :)
Star spangled sand digger.
It wasn’t long before some new friends were made.
A collective sand creature.
All in all it was a good day save for two little “situations”. My cousin wore a tankini suit and applied lots of sunscreen, but somehow her top crept up, thus earning her the nickname “Burnt Muffin Top”. She declined an offer to be photographed.
I too also applied sunscreen lavishly but somehow missed the area of my hips and saddlebags, earning me the apt moniker of “Hotpockets”. I also declined an offer to be photographed. (Hee hee) Trying to get dressed the next day was an experience. It brought to mind a favorite episode where Lucy had to put on a tweed suit after being fried.
But we soldiered on and met another fabulous Lucy.
Lucy the Elephant is a six story example of novelty architecture. She was originally constructed of wood and tin sheeting in 1882 by James V. Lafferty in an attempt to help sell real estate.
Over the years Lucy has been a restaurant, a business office, a tavern and even a home. She became a national historic landmark in 1976.
You can take tours inside Lucy. The two circular windows are her “eyes”.
Here is Sweet Boy taking in the view from Lucy’s howdah (carriage mount) which was recently repaired after it was struck by lighting in 2006.
We love Lucy!
Thanks for coming to the Jersey Shore with us!