Tag: New Jersey

Bashfully Appreciated Places, 2016

Pisa beyond the Leaning Tower Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

What readers liked to visit over the last year Should it be any surprise that the bashful adventurers visiting these pages have eclectic taste? Their reading habits show their interest—in learning, in history, in practical matters. The most popular posts…

Dizzy Spell

A dizzying ride at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

This ride at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J. reminds me of three-year-olds twirling themselves to dizziness and then collapsing on the ground in laughter. Why do we go to such great heights to drive ourselves dizzy? When does…

Skeletons + Clear Skies = Strange Adventure

There is nothing like a wholesome day at an amusement park all decked out for Halloween to make one wonder about the future of civilization. A beautiful, sunny fall day combined with a theme park dressed for frightening makes for…

Extended Stay Okay

To the extent that I actually contemplate extended stay hotels, I think of the higher-end ones as refuges for corporate sorts on months-long assignments. This may be a branding problem, or it may just be me, but when I think…

Why My Great Adventure Is Only So-So

On a trip to New Jersey for a 50th wedding anniversary of some cousins, the Brawny Sherpa and I decide to spend a day at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson with all three Youthful Adventurers. We’ll gladly pay the…

Massacre on the Shore

A plaque at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park on Long Beach Island, N.J. informs visitors about a tragedy that took place during the American Revolution. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

I am not exactly looking for the American Revolution as I walk from a parking lot on Long Beach Island, N.J. toward “Old Barney,” the lighthouse at its northern end. A plaque near the walk toward the light house tells…

On Lake Vacations

If I live on a lake, do I really need to vacation at a different one?, I wonder as the Brawny Sherpa, the Bonus Adventurers, and I jump into the car and head north toward Lake George, N.Y. I laughed…

Beaches with Something Extra

The week before Labor Day is the time of summer when everyone seems to be at the beach. My days of simply sunning are long past; now when I am seeking a beach vacation, in addition to wide swaths of…

Signs of Summer Down the Shore

Where to Stay in New Jersey Summer and surfing and the Jersey shore combine so easily. Easy memories of time spent at Beach Haven, Point Pleasant, and Seaside Heights are bright, no matter how distant from the present. I am…