Lazy Days at the Jersey Shore

Sunrise, Long Beach Island, NJ

Early morning fisherman and dog


There’s something about watching the ocean, listening to the swish and crash of the surf and the calls of the seagulls. The sense of time slips away, and so does tension and care. Standing beside the expanse of restless water restores a person’s perspective. A human being is a tiny mote on a small ball in the immensity of the universe.

I treasure my time at the seaside. When I return home, I feel recharged and ready to plunge back into my normal day to day life.

Each summer, four super friends of ours rent a house in Surf City, New Jersey, for two weeks. Each summer, they invite family and many friends, including us, to visit. There aren’t enough superlatives to express our appreciation for their generosity!


Kids trying to get seagulls to eat from their hands


We had a wonderful time this year. While people at home sweltered day after day in the relentless, above-normal heat, we enjoyed refreshing breezes and warm ocean water temperatures. And we dodged jellyfish and biting flies … and got sand stuck in places I won’t mention. Nothing’s perfect.



The beaches didn’t seem as crowded this year, especially on the weekdays, but that could be illusion because the refurbished beaches are much wider than in previous years.

In addition to spending time on the beach and in the water, part of the fun of our shore vacation is the time to read, play games, and socialize with friends we don’t often see.


The ocean, however, isn’t the only attraction. Long Beach Island has a lot of unique shops and good restaurants. Since we had made an early spring visit to Barnegat lighthouse on the northern end of the island, we passed up on visiting it this summer.

As you look at my photos, imagine the scent of the salt air, the cool touch of the breeze, and the roar of the ocean. Enjoy!


Sunset, Long Beach Island, NJ


I hope you too had or will have an enjoyable vacation.

What’s your favorite spot to spend a relaxing weekend or vacation?



About J. Thomas Ross

Since retiring from a career as a high school English and history teacher, I've been pursuing a career as a writer. My main interest is in writing novels, but I've also written short stories and poetry and done a little editing on the side. I am currently working on a Young Adult novel. One of my poems - "Winter" - won an award at the 2010 Philadelphia Writers Conference, and you can find my fantasy short story "A Rock Is a Rock Is a Rock ... Or Is It?" in the anthology Tales of Fortannis: A Bard's Eye View, which is available in print and Kindle format from Amazon and as an e-book from Double Dragon Press.
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3 Responses to Lazy Days at the Jersey Shore

  1. Pete Denton says:

    I do like the sunrise and sunset pictures. I can almost hear the waves on that sunrise 🙂

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