Hey Spies! Since we've all enjoyed the ocean views from Myrtle Beach, I'd like to suggest a slight detour along the ocean. Having driven the 95 corridor many times, I always prefer the route I'm suggesting.
Just beyond beautiful & historic Norfolk, Virginia is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge which never ceases to take my breath away. We are bound to see some beautiful ships and sailboats if the weather is fine. This link leads to a page of area wildlife. www.cbbt.com/sites.html
Next we'll travel to Assateague Island to see the Chincoteague ponies. The legend of the Chincoteague Ponies are a constant reminder of Assateague Island's past. Legend has it that the ponies escaped from a shipwrecked Spanish galleon and swam to shore. www.chincoteague.com/pon
We'll give our legs a short break as we hop on the ferry to historic Cape May, New Jersey, the nation's oldest seashore resort. It is second only to San Francisco in the number of well-preserved Victorian homes and the only city in the U.S. wholly designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Here's a bit more about the beautiful Victorians found here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=
Further up the coast is Asbury Park, another Jersey shore town that did not fare as well as Cape May. It fell upon rough times in the 1970's when it was no longer a train destination and the malls took needed sales from it's downtown. Only one attraction really kept this town from near certain demise...the Stone Pony, a seedy beer joint that happened to be linked to Jersey's favorite sons--Bruce Springsteen & Jon Bon Jovi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th
Bruce, yeah, we all call him Bruce, lives up the road near Red Bank, but still drops in occasionally to play a set at the Pony. I almost got to meet him once at a rodeo....just missed him. sigh www.youtube.com/watch?v=
There's not much sand but plenty of water in my little town, 9.3% of which is taken up by the seven man-made lakes. Here the rolling hills of central Jersey Piedmont give way to the northern rocky Highlands, lending a very different appearance from most of NJ. We are 35 miles due west of New York and became one of the first train commuting suburbs over 100 years ago. Our developer was a contemporary of Gustav Stickley, leading champion of the Craftsman Movement in the US. In fact, the 454 (of 500) original houses still remaining is one of the largest collections of Craftsman-influenced houses in the United States and earned us State and National Historic district status.
From the very beginning the Laker community was strong and remains so today. Our strong schools, clubs for a variety of interests and strong sense of volunteerism help us become known to one another and friendships grow from there. I've moved around "a bit" and am happy to have found a spot so welcoming now that I don't have school children to draw me into the community.
So! You've made it to my house! You've got to be tired! Come and sit on the porch while I bring out some lunch and we can catch up!
and....just in case you're not sure if you have the right porch....