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NJ Trip #1

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Now that my first little string of vacations has ended, I’ve finally got some time to post about them. =) You already know I kicked off New Jersey Trip #1 with Suttonpalooza, so this pretty much sums up the rest.


I made it a point to enjoy a few breakfasts featuring pork roll (a Jersey staple) at Amy’s Omelette House (above) and a little bakery/cafe in Atlantic Highlands (below).



I spent lots of sunny, relaxing hours at the pool with my favorite magazines and my mom and dad.



I wore a nautical dress (first photo of this post) to an impromptu rendezvous with my parents and their friends at the new 9th Ave Pier in Belmar.



I spent an evening chasing the sunset around the marina in search of the perfect shot.




My mom and I paid a morning visit to the Twin Lights



…followed by an afternoon in the city…


…where we ducked into La Maison du Chocolat to avoid a drizzle and split an eclair between shops on Madison Avenue…


…and then indulged in just a few pastries more at Ferrara after dining al fresco in Little Italy.


I sought some late afternoon shade in the old Casino with my best friend and her little girls on the boardwalk in Asbury Park.



I picked up a few treasures along the way¬† — a classic striped top (St. James), madras shorts (Cape Madras via Brave New World), Saltwater Soap (Saipua via Warm), and starfish earrings from a boutique on the boardwalk. I bought my friend Tina a matching pair, too. =)



I met my mom for lunch on the boards before I left to drive home. Nothing beats a cold Diet Coke in a shiny red cup on a sizzling afternoon.



I raced the sunset down to the bridge. It was nothing short of perfect timing as I (literally) swerved off the road at the CBBT scenic overlook and launched myself out of the car to snap this shot just as the sun was dipping below the horizon.


I stopped to revel in the last 20 minutes of my trip. After the sun went down, I rolled down the windows, sat back in the driver’s seat, stared out over the bay, and savored a cup of she-crab soup I picked up from The Great Machipongo Clam Shack.


Vacation Season

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It feels like I haven’t had much time off work in forever because I’ve been banking my vacation days for the last six months. Now there’s only about an hour left until I kick off a series of day trips, long weekends and vacations I’ve got planned for the second half of the year.

Today, I’ll be spending the afternoon and evening in the Outer Banks photographing my friend Hilary and her family, and even though it’ll only be a few hours, it’s a day trip I’ve been looking forward to for months.

Friday marks the first of my annual back-to-back trips to New Jersey, and I’ll be headed north for a week-long visit with my parents, my friend Stacey’s 30th birthday, and maybe even a whirlwind two-day road trip through New England with my mom.

New Jersey trip #2 is scheduled for the first weekend in August. J and I will drive up to hang out with my parents for my mom’s birthday weekend. We’ve got plans to see a play in NYC and tickets to see Jimmy Buffett in Atlantic City.

In mid-August, I’ll be flying down to Pensacola to see my brother’s “A” School graduation at Corry Station. Afterwards, my family and I will be spending the weekend at the Margaritaville Beach Hotel, which I’m assuming will involve lots of tequila, salt, and sunscreen. =)

September is off-limits as far as vacation days are concerned (because it’s the end of the Federal government’s fiscal year), but I’m hoping to squeeze in at least one overnight weekend trip to the Outer Banks while the weather is still nice.

J and I have a trip to Las Vegas in the works for October. We’ve got tickets (and amazing seats) to see Jimmy Buffett at the MGM Grand, and obviously, we’ll be staying at the Flamingo — home to the Margaritaville Casino. I’ve got high hopes for some quality pool time, shopping, dancing, dining, gambling and of course, winning lots of money while we’re there.

I’ll be flying to the Dominican Republic in November, where I’ll be photographing a friend’s wedding at Zoetry Agua Punta Cana. My mom is going to join me down there, and we’ll be spending five days at the resort. I’ve been looking forward to this trip since January — it’s the first contract I signed after starting my business, and I’m so excited for it to finally happen!

And…that brings us back to Thanksgiving and Christmas, which (as usual) means a few more trips to New Jersey.

It wasn’t easy making it through the first half of this year with only two days off, but somehow getting the next six months’ vacations down in writing makes it all seem worth it. =)

How about you? Got any exciting trips vacations planned for the rest of this year? I’d love to know where you’re going! Or, if you’ve been to any of the places I’m going, let me know if you have any recommendations for things to do and see!

Back Bay

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Living at the beach has many perks that I often take for granted. In the almost eight years I’ve been living in Virginia Beach, I’ve never ventured down to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge or False Cape State Park, which is why I made it one of my 2012 resolutions to get my bike down there and go for a ride.

For those of you not from around here, Back Bay is a 9,250-acre wildlife refuge situated on a narrow spit of land bordered on either side by the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sound. False Cape State Park — accessible only on foot, by bicycle or via boat — borders Back Bay to the south and forms the adjoining border of Virginia with North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

It was a gorgeous day — perfect for breaking in my new Electra cruiser and spending some quality time with my parents while they were in town. We spent hours pedaling along the gravel road, taking in the sights, and snapping photos. When gravel turned to sand, we hiked up and over a gigantic sand dune, landing ourselves on a breathtaking beach, where wild waves and a sandy shore stretched for miles and miles with nary a soul in sight.