Sunday, September 29, 2013

Cruisin' The Boardwalk

One of my favorite things to do at the beach is to cruise the boardwalk. No matter how many times I've walked up and down those weathered planks, I've never grown tired of it. Due to our mobility issues, we were unable to take our usual leisurely strolls along this magnificent piece of history, but undaunted, we rented some scooters for a couple of afternoons and had a blast. We raced each other, did donuts and acted goofy. Established in 1902, the boardwalk has a distance of approximately three miles and is one of the longest and oldest in the United States. From antique beach cottages to new businesses with silly names, you never know what you'll encounter! 
 
                                          

  
I love the Kite Loft! It is filled with the most colorful and creative wind toys imaginable! This dragon whirligig really caught my eye with his bright purple wings. There are flags, wind socks, whirligigs, things that I have no name for and, of course, kites! There's even over-sized cows and fish that flap in the wind and they carry these great hanging hammock chairs with ottomans that make you feel like you're floating on a cloud!
 
 
 
 
Sea gulls are the clowns of the beach, always hanging around begging for a snack and getting quite mouthy when their demands are not met! This man was putting bread on top of his hat and waiting for them to remove it. Not a problem for these bold birdies! They'll actually take food right out of your hand, whether you want them to or not!
 
 
 
 
 
The inspirational sand sculptures are not to be missed! They are the creative works of Randy Hofman, an ordained minister, whose faith-filled messages and artistic talent have adorned the boardwalk since the 1980's. His attention to detail is amazing! The sculptures are rebuilt approximately once per week.
 
 
 
 
There is so much to do and see on the boardwalk! We often just sit and watch the waves and people go by as the hours pass peacefully.
 
 
 
 
 
                                                    Jim at the Inlet
                                           It's so FLUFFY!!!!!!
                                         That's ME!
 Our two-day boardwalk cruise pretty much finished up our vacation as we watched the late afternoon sun begin to sink and the final fishermen collect their daily bounty from the Inlet. We had ridden from one end to the other and loved every minute of it! The end of a vacation is always sad but I know we'll make a return trip soon.
 
 
 
 
 
Unfortunately, I don't have a smart phone or I would have posted!
 
Thank you for joining us on our beach vacation! I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
Have a great week! Hugs, Leena

6 comments:

  1. I too love the boardwalk. HATE the beach (it would be just fine if not for the SAND), but love, love, love the boards! We'll have to hit Jersey together. Wildwood, Atlantic City, Seaside, many boardwalks to choose from, but AC gets my vote because of the great deals you can get at the hotels there.

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    1. I've never been to the Jersey beaches but AC sounds like a lot of fun! We'll have to put it on our warm weather list! Hugs, Leena

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  2. Once again I will say what a wonderful beach vacation you had. Glad you were able to rent scooters so you didn't miss out on something you really enjoy. Love all your pictures. Food and fun things to see-what could be better? xo Dina

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  3. Looks like such a gorgeous, relaxing vaca! Love that sand sculpture!! :)
    Susan

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  4. Looks like you had a wonderful time. That sand sculpture is amazing. xo Laura

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  5. Leena,
    What a great time you had. Love all the pictures. Just wanted to thank you for coming on my blog with your sweet message. Just wanted you to know things are getting better with Terry. He is feeling great. We will enjoy our get away this coming week end. Have a great day my friend.
    Kris

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