There is something a bit melancholy about the Jersey shore in winter. The barren untrod beaches, the steel-shuttered games of chance, the ghostlike restaurants with empty tables. And the quiet. The glorious quiet. However beneath the apparent somber atmosphere is a kind of beauty and serenity that in this crazy, busy world is comforting.
Alice was a tad under the weather on Saturday so a trip down the shore the next day was just what the doctor ordered. The breezes coming off the ocean and the smell of the salty waves were intoxicating. We enjoyed strolling on the beach and walking under Casino Pier near where my family used to set up for our days at the beach. Construction progress is still going on in Seaside Heights and Seaside Park. There were signs of recovery from Hurricane Sandy all along the boardwalk. New pier columns ready to be driven into the sand, fresh coats of paint on many buildings and the initial construction of a new roller coaster were among the positive signs.
Of course no trip to Seaside Heights is complete without a visit to Maruca’s Tomato Pies. Their renowned bullseye pizza design is striking and is one of our favorite pies in New Jersey.
Visit the shore this time of year and get a fresh perspective on this wonderful area.
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