The Calm Before the Storm…

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In a few short weeks, the crowds will arrive and the summer season will officially begin at the Jersey Shore. I love living here, but I have to admit, I’m not ready to give up my empty beaches and boardwalk quite yet!

We’ve had a few mild mornings and I’ve been trying to take full advantage… enjoying long walks, bike rides, collecting shells, taking pictures and mostly just relishing in the solitude. Nothing quite compares to having that empty stretch of sand all to yourself where you can stroll, explore, & search for treasures while listening to the soothing sound of the surf and digging your toes in the sand. It’s the most peaceful and calming time for me… and always so hard to leave!

The locals know how precious this time is, and how beautiful this time of year here can be.  Everyone’s seen the crowds and heard the horror stories of wall to wall people spread across the sand, and bodies bumping into each other in the water, so I wanted to share a handful of my morning pics, and even a little poem… lol… to give a glimpse of life here in the “off-season” 😉  Enjoy!!!

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Happy St. Patty’s Day from the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh!

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In the spirit of today’s holiday, we’re spending our lunch hour (2.5 hours now…) at The Shillelagh Club in Belmar, NJ.  You have to be a member, but it’s a great place to hang out, and always with the nicest people 🙂

20150317_140844-1Today’s a big day here… a full spread of corned beef, cabbage, the freshest rye bread and veggies.  Top that off with a Guinness from one of the “friendly” Shillelagh bartenders and you’re all set!

So if you have even the slightest, bit o’ the Irish in ya… find a sponsor & come on down!

Wishing everyone a safe & festive St. Patrick’s Day!