The last few days were a real treat. Santina's family rented a beach house near Cape May, New Jersey, and I was invited! It was only a couple hours drive for me, so I went out on Tuesday and came back yesterday. We packed a lot into those few days! Of course there was lots of eating and relaxing. On Wednesday, we too Frank, Santina's nephew, to Wildwood to go to a water park. I hadn't been to a water park in YEARS and all of the water slides were a lot scarier than I remember them. We also got SWEET old timey photos taken and Frank was such a good sport all of the way through.
After multiple water park fun, we treated ourselves to a southern New Jersey delicacy, the deep fried Oreo. That's right, you heard me. They were DELICIOUS. If you are ever even remotely close to the New Jersey coast, it is worth stopping for these sweet bites of pure heaven.
The next day we visited the Cape May Lighthouse. There was a small museum and several nature trails around the lighthouse and a small gift shop. It was really neat to learn about this lighthouse. I guess it played a pretty big role in WWII. The folks here helped a lot of innocent merchant ships prevent getting blown up by German submarines on their way to Europe.
After checking out the museum, we all climbed the many stairs to the top of the lighthouse and took many goofy pictures in between. It was very humid in the lighthouse. There were a lot of places to stop and look at the views as well as some essent(ial) circular porthole windows toward the top of the climb.
It was a little hazy and foggy that day, but the views were still pretty cool. Here you see a sweet WWII bunker on the beach. I'm so glad I got to get away from my apartment and my job search for a couple of days. Santina's family were so generous to me while I was there and it was really good to see them and spend time with them again! The rest of the pictures from the Jersey shore can be found here.
The evening I got back to West Chester, Justin took me to see something really special - a Drum Corps International competition at West Chester University. Now, my high school didn't have a marching band of any kind, so I had no idea what this was all about. It's nuts! It's seriously the most impressive thing I've seen done by a group of people in a long time. You have to appreciate how much time and work all of the members of each of the teams had to have done in order to pull a show like this off. In my next life, I am totally going to be in marching band. The rest of the pictures from the show are here.