Thursday, June 21
This was a new one for us . . . a flat tire! Tom noticed it as he was hooking up this morning (at 7:30), and it delayed our take-off for about 20 minutes! Tom can now say: I’ve done everything in my new airstream!
Our drive was only 250 miles today, but the fact that it closely circumvented New York City meant that it was, at times, a very slow go. Tom handled the rig in all that traffic like a gear-jammin’ cowboy – even going across the Hudson River on the George Washington Bridge with the NYC skyline in the distant view.
Our destination was the Ocean View Resort Campground, just a bit past Atlantic City, NJ. Big beyond belief, with over 400 camping sites. There are campsites (all are shaded and wooded) and camping cabins for short visits, and seasonal sites for your own trailer or for purchased park-model trailers. There is a lake with beautiful beach and snack bar, several laundromats, Ocean View Café, game room, pool and splash park, tennis and shuffleboard courts, miniature golf . . . you get the idea. From here we will headquarter for the next three days to explore Atlantic City and Cape May. The only problem . . . I don’t see any OCEAN VIEW!
For dinner we had lamb steaks on the grill and hash browns on the griddle. Tom found a Goodyear dealer nearby, and called to make arrangements to have our bum tire replaced; that will be first on the agenda in the morning.
Friday, June 22
A slow start to the morning called for eggs for breakfast! By 10:00 we were on the way to get our tire replaced . . . starting with a beautiful drive up a coastal road that hugged the ocean-front. Passing through Ocean City my memory did a double-take, thinking that was the location where my parents met at a Brethren National Conference in 1939 – both attending with their respective old-order-Brethren-minister-fathers! After a bit of research I found that Ocean Grove was the location of that conference, and that is about 1 ½ hours to the north of our location. Time will tell if we do more investigating along those lines.
Our drive took us up and over several bridges and through nice coastal towns with wide streets and homes lined up along the waterfront. Eventually we could see the skyline of Atlantic City in the distance.
We were not prepared for the reality of Atlantic City – recalling instead the glamorized images that were mostly media-fueled several decades ago. It was not nearly as exciting as our mental picture, and seemed to be a little bit on the down-side of prime. The boardwalk was extensive, wide, and clean, with one side banked by novelty stores, tattoo parlors, and fast-food eats, and the other side lined by beach front. It was not at all crowded, and while it was early on Friday afternoon, we just didn’t get the feeling that party life would perk up too much at night. But, we enjoyed a long walk and were glad we had the chance to see what Atlantic City was all about.
On our way back to Ocean View we turned off onto Fish Alley and bought large fresh shrimp for dinner tonight . . . and stuffed shrimp for dinner tomorrow night. Temperatures today were not above 72 degrees with cloud cover, and a few sprinkles developed as we got back to the campsite. But, we are so deeply wooded that not much rain made it through the canopy onto the ground.
We are creating a monster! The more we walk Jasper, the more he wants to walk. . . and is able to walk. When we are ready to come in the Silvermine for the evening, he is still wanting to rip-snort up and down the campground roads. Once he is inside, he wants to chase balls up and down the Airstream hallway. But, when we do put him in his bed at night at about 10:00 – he sleeps soundly through until 7:00 a.m.!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown