When I am sharing posts about my
home town I often refer to it as
the 'Jersey Shore'.
Lately that connotation may
not smell as sweet as it once did.
If any of you are familiar with
MTV's show titled by
the same name you may be
wondering what kind of
hell hole I actually live in.
This is the cast of The Jersey Shore
which was indeed filmed in our neck of
the woods, however they do not depict
in any way what the locals are all about!
Sadly the young people in this
show demonstrate poor ideals
and have left a rather black mark
on our community.
I often share photos and posts
about our mountain cabin
but have neglected to share info
on my hometown.
To dispel any negative images
this show has left I have decided
to show you around town.
Toms River is the seat of Ocean County,
one of the largest in NJ.
Travel just across the bridge
and you arrive at what we refer to as the Jersey Shore.
The barrier islands are dotted with many small towns
all offering everything from a quiet seaside resort to
the load, neon lit boradwalk.
In the off season it is relatively quiet here
(we do have a year round population of over 90,000).
In the summer months the numbers swell
thousands of tourists descend upon the area.
The boradwalk offers lots of entertainment,
rides, food and games of chance.
As a local I prefer to go to the State Park beaches.
Even they get crowded in the summer but they
tend to attract more families with young kids.
As a State Park there are places off the beaten
track where you can find a secluded spot.
At the very tip of the island you can see across the inlet
to the Barnegat Lighthouse, the one in my watercolor painting.
It is really a beautiful area, one I take for granted most
of the time. It can be easy to focus on the
negative and overlook the natural beauty.
Let's travel back over the bridge which spans the Barnegat Bay,
the mouth of the Toms River empities right into it.
You can follow the river into the historic
downtown area. The river itself
is dotted with marinas.
It can look quite beautiful at sunset
Ther are lots of folks who enjoy sailing along the river.
The downtown area is lovely as well
and offers restaurants, shops, the library
and many historical sites as well.
The area dates back to pre revolutionary days,
and is quite rich in history.
Travel across town to the bay side and you can see across
to the barrier islands.
Thre are lots of salt marshes on this side of town
with lots of beautiful shore birds.
Over all it's a very nice place to live.
Not at all what you might see
on television. Between MTV's
Desperate Housewives of NJ
and all the jokes about the
Turnpike it's a wonder anyone
takes us seriously.
I know this was rather long and
if you stayed with me this far,
you can go now...
I'm sure you have lots to do!