Monday, September 10, 2012
New Jersey Road Trip, Part 1
For myself, there are a couple of things I like to be able to check in on in addition to the basic requirements of a trip like these. I like a visit along the boardwalk on the Jersey Shore, and we drove through Asbury Park on the way to one of the appointments we'd made in Long Branch, Mary's home town.
Here's a shot of The Stone Pony, the watering hole and music venue where Bruce Springsteen got his start, along with many others - some of whom play there to this day, like Southside Johnny. In fact, Mary's cousin Grant had a high school band that played there on teen night.
Mary's big observation was that they had taken down the street trees. I thought the landscaping was nice, that they'd added something to the place that way. It was clear the house is being well taken care of and loved, in any case.
After lunch in a little pub - this is close to the Monmouth Park horse track, and the venue was a place that is used as a watering hole by race fans - we headed back to our hotel in Neptune, with a stop by the cemetery where Mary's folks are laid to rest.
I have a few more photos to add, some from the reunion and then from a little sightseeing lunch trip we took to Point Pleasant - those will be up later in the week.