I’m excited to share with you all another post about our East Coast road trip. (If you are a new reader, get caught up here, here, and here about the first three stops on the trip!)
After Boston, we en routed for Seaside Heights, New Jersey. AKA: “Jersey Shore” as seen on the hit MTV show.
Now, I’ve never actually watched an episode of Jersey Shore, otherwise I most likely will lose all my faith and hope in America. However, I’m a stickler for entertainment and pop culture, so I was still really excited to see the famous shore where the hit reality show was filmed.
As we were driving through New Jersey, I’m going to be honest. I felt a pretty bit disconnect with the state. It reminded me a lot of our visit to NYC– it was nice to visit, but I could never live there. The lifestyle was very different from what I’m used to in my Midwestern safe-haven: fast-paced, rushed, and charged. We had a few experiences driving where I experienced the people of New Jersey’s excessive road-rage, but I suspect that there are people like that all over the country.
Just like our trip to Boston, we had only one night in Seaside Heights, and decided to make the most of it. We stayed in a motel near the board walk; this reminded me SO much of our visit to San Diego because we stayed just minutes away from the ocean as well.
Many of you know that I’m obsessed with the ocean. Growing up in the Midwest, I don’t get to visit the coast often, so when I do, I don’t take the beauty for granted. We spent our day on the beautiful beach. This was only a couple of days after we got engaged so I was still feeling high from the excitement of that event.
The irony- I just realized while inserting this picture of the two of us that we are SUCH traditional Wisconsinites- Trevor is wearing a beer shirt. #SorryNotSorry
I had to do my traditional beach jumping picture. I believe I have one from every single coast/ocean visit I’ve ever taken, with the exception of when I went to Florida with my parents when I was 14.
It was so nice to be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy a care-free day with my new fiancé.
I will always be a little girl at heart. I came home with a few seashells as treasures to remind me of this beautiful day.
As the sun began to set, we decided to ride the chairlift across the beach, as seen on Jersey Shore. For as beautiful and scenic as the little ride was, I’m surprised they only charged us $5 a person for this typical tourist trap. Bonus: We got to see the famous “Shore Store.”
But the very best part of the Seaside Heights visit was the next morning. When we visited San Diego, we watched a Pacific Coast sunset, and now it was time to experience an Atlantic Coast sunrise. We woke up at 5:30, stopped at a gas station to pick up some coffees, and headed to the beach with a blanket in hand. There we sipped on our coffees and watched the beautiful sunrise together. I know it sounds so cheesy, but it was one hour of my life that I will never forget. Even though it was a hazy morning, we were still able to take breathtaking photos.
Overall, I will never forget my stop in Seaside Heights. I loved the beach and wanted to stay there longer. I don’t think I’m cut out for the New Jersey lifestyle, but I’m so happy and feeling blessed that I was able to experience it for a day.
Read about my other adventures during our East Coast road trip!
Adventuring Acadia National Park…Oh, and I’m Engaged!
The One Thing You HAVE To Do When Visiting Niagara Falls