If you aren’t from around here, take a look at a map of the United States and you’ll see that the Twin Cities are located about 100 miles from the southern border of Minnesota and about 300 miles from the border that we share with Canada. In other words, about ¾ of the state is north of the Twin Cities. It’s fairly common for people who live in the cities to either have weekend cabins up north, or to spend their summer vacations at a rental somewhere between here and Canada. Don’t forget, this is the land of 10,000 lakes, so there are plenty of gorgeous destinations to choose from up there. Around here we like to call this going “up north”.
But I’m not going ‘up north’ for the 4th of July, I’m going ‘down to the shore’!
This was totally an impulse decision. We had my sister and another couple over for dinner a few weeks back. My sister and one of my other guests, Pat, started chatting about summer vacations at the New Jersey shore. As it turned out, Pat still goes there nearly every summer! I knew that my sister went all the time when she lived in New Jersey, and I also knew that she had a friend with a ‘shore house’ (in Minnesota we have lake houses or cabins). As we were talking, I realized that both my sister and I had taken the 4th of July week off work already. Hmmmm … it suddenly occurred to me that we had a free place to stay and time off work, all we needed were plane tickets. Debbie and I did some googling and found tickets that were affordable. So now, instead of a staycation over the 4th, we are going down to the shore!
We’ll be leaving Mr. Q at home to man the fort. He’s not all that interested in an otherwise all-girls trip to the Jersey shore. He’ll be going to visit a friend in NYC later this fall instead.
I’m looking forward to some quintessential Jersey shore activities like strolling on the boardwalk, watching the fireworks from the beach, and eating water ice. I’ll probably have to get some salt water taffy too.
But the main activity that I’m looking forward to is this one.
As you might have guessed from yesterday’s post, I am totally a beach girl at heart. I love a day spent at the beach complete with salty skin and sandy feet (don’t worry, I wear lots of sunscreen). Although I don’t expect the Jersey shore to be quite as fabulous as Jost van Dyke, it’s still going to be pretty great.
How about you? Do you go ‘up north’, ‘down to the shore’, or is there some other summer vacation destination that is popular where you live? I’d love to hear about it, so be sure to leave a comment about your favorite summer vacation hot spot. I’ll draw a name from the comments and send that person some salt water taffy from down at the shore!