After 19 long hours we arrived in beautiful New Jersey. Mo and Shane welcomed us with ice cold Yuenglings, the unofficial beer of New Jersey and also the oldest family owned American brewery.
I was eager to get to the beach, which was only 4 short blocks away. It was hot but breezy. The water felt great.
The next day we headed off to Point Pleasant Boardwalk. It was another hot day.
We took refuge at the arcade. Playing games and winning tickets. I bought silly neon bracelets. The whole place was chock full of nostalgia.
Later we took a stroll through the carnival. I love the boardwalk culture. Everything is shiny and bright and a bit over the top....
...to say the least.
In the afternoon came surprise #1. Mo planned a fun trip on a boat. But this wasn't any old boat. It was a pirate boat!
Complete with a crew.
And a busty wench.
The best we could do at being wenchy and piratey.
The next day, we went for a banana boat ride. Thrilling and scary at the same time. Afterwards we lounged at the beach where I proceeded to get a sun burn. Later it was off to Asbury Park Boardwalk for surprise #2, a birthday party for Danielle at the Silverball Museum Arcade! We had 3 hours of unlimited time to check out the museums extensive collection of pinball machines. The best part? You could try out any machine.
In the evening we went on a paranormal ghost tour of the board walk. In addition to the ghost stories of the haunted old buildings we learned about Asbury Park's dark and bloody past.
On our last day we feasted on lobster. Prepared by seafood master Big D!. I kinda felt sorry for the little guys. Mo and I had a master plan to keep them in the tub, but they got cooked up while I was relaxing in the hammock.
Once they were all steamy and red. I didn't feel so bad.
And then it was back the way we came. Rules in hand.