Friday, September 15, 2017

Thursday and Friday - Sea Pines Resort at Avalon, NJ

Happy Birthday to my Kenny, the love of my life!  I can hardly believe how many birthdays we have shared and all the wonderful memories and adventures we have had.  I feel so blessed!

Ken and I were on our way to Avalon Beach, NJ by 7:30 on Thursday morning but made a stop at one of our favorite restaurants for breakfast, Perkins.  What a treat.  We always share the tremendous 12 and really enjoy their very light delicious pancakes with their triple berry syrup.  I am sure they have to be healthy!!!!!

Crossing the Delaware Memorial Bridge!

We made one additional stop for a drink and "potty" and arrived at the campground around 11:30.  Fred and Doloris had gotten there at 9:30 and picked a site where there were other ones available for us close by.  It had rained lightly on and off on the way to the CG and remained cloudy but warm all day - not a good beach day.

Ken and I took our time setting up, ate lunch and then the 4 of us sat outside chatting and "catching up" on life.  It is hard to imagine that this is the 1st time we have camped together since last summer!  They were excited (well at least willing) to learn a new card game so we taught them team Hand and Foot (or Hoof and Mouth as Ken calls it!).  It was a lot of fun.

I put on my SAS and all of us took a walk around the CG.  It is a nice CG with some exceptionally large sites, but most of them are occupied by the permanents folks.  There are very few 3 point hook-ups sites but this time of year there are usually a few available.  Fortunately both of us were able to get one of those sites which is a good thing since we will be here for 10 days!

We cooked and ate our dinners separately and later Ken and I went to their campsite to sit by their campfire.  It was a gorgeous, warm evening, a great night to sit outside.  We called it a day around 9:30.  So good to be camping with Fred and Doloris again!

Friday started a bit cloudy, but by 9:30 the sun appeared and it was a beautiful warm day with only a slight breeze.  We had a leisure morning and after breakfast the 4 of us enjoyed some time just chatting. 

Ken and I decided to ride our bikes from Avalon to Stone Harbor and Fred and Doloris headed to the beach.  We had a wonderful 10 mile bike ride enjoying seeing all the beautiful, huge homes with amazing flowers and landscaping.  We stopped at a bakery in downtown Stone Harbor where Ken enjoyed a cup of coffee and we shared (imagine that!) a donut. 

Love this area, especially in September!

This enormous house had gorgeous flowers!

So beautiful!

I never saw impatients get so tall and bushy!
This is a beautiful beach area too!

Tempting, but we didn't have any!!!

Downtown Stone Harbor!

We did ride to Nun's Beach to check it out and saw that tomorrow they are having their annual surfing contest that benefits the nun's retreat that is in Stone Harbor.  Not sure if we will stop by to see any of it, but it is rather a interesting event that is hosted by the nuns.

This is the building that is operated by the Catholic Church
as a retreat for the nuns!

Peace and tranquil Nun's Beach!

Sitting on the lifeguard chair enjoying the view of the ocean!

Getting ready for tomorrow's annual surf contest!

We met Fred and Doloris at the beach around 1:15 and ate our packed lunch. Ken took a nap and I read and enjoyed a short walk along the surf.  It was a perfect beach day.  The 4 of us played 2 regular games of Bocce on the beach - women won 15 to 5 and then the men were victorious 15 to 12.  We decided to break the tie by playing a game to just 3 points and the men won 3 to 1.  We had a blast!

Looks like Ken is relaxing and enjoying his beach view!

Back to the CG around 5:30 and showers felt amazing - getting rid of all the sand and suntan lotion.  We all got in the CRV and headed to Mike's in Sea Island City where their special for the evening was a lobster dinner.  The 3 of them look forward to this meal every year.  I, on the other hand, have chicken fingers ( a kid's meal).  Lobster is not on my radar!!!!  The meal included a lb. lobster, corn on the cob, cole slaw, roasted potatoes, and bread for $15.95. What a deal!

Savoring every bite!

Fred and Doloris are serious about their lobster eating!

Fred thought if he got close enough Doloris would share her
last bite - no go!  

When we returned to the CG we headed over to their RV and played one game of Haus which was handily won by the women.  By 10:15 we were back to Wilbur and went to bed.  This was a very fun day!

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