Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Atlantic City

"Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone."

Well, today I am off to Atlantic City.  My goodness, it has been 50 odd years since I have been to the Jersey shore. Not since my grandparents took me. I remember the awe I felt when I was first introduced to our great Mother Ocean. I was used to diving into the lake and had  never seen anything so vast.  I loved everything about that day.  I loved sitting on the sand and feeling the warmth of the sun, the sounds of the seagulls as they hovered about above me,  the fresh smell of the salty ocean water, the feel of the waves as they enveloped me.  I truly felt her power and fell in love with her that first day.   There could never be a more wonderful place for me.

Of course, gambling and casinos were unheard of back then. This could only be found in Las Vegas, not at the beach, oh definitely not at the beach.  That was a place for pure childhood fun. The closest we came to gambling back then was playing the pinball machines on the boardwalk.  Of course, this never happened until the sun began to disappear below the horizon. And what marvelous scents there were--hot dogs, ice cream, cotton candy, the smell of peanuts roasting. So much gaity.  So long ago.  But still etched deeply in my memories.  There are some things we never forget.

And with that, I will leave you with a few more of my favorite ocean quotes.

"The Sea, Once it casts its spell holds one in its net of wonder forever."
  Jacques Cousteau

The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood,

and the sound of outer ocean on a beach”
  Henry Beston

“May your joys be as deep as the ocean, your sorrows as light as its foam.”



  1. My sister lives in the Atlantic City area. She lives on the island that was hit by hurricane Sandy. Luckily no damage to her house.

    I miss the ocean. I was born in Florida and lived there in my Jr. High years. I can still remember the smells, sounds and feel of the ocean and her nightly refreshing breeze.

    Have fun. Dip your toes in Mama Ocean for me.

    Blessings, Viv

  2. Have fun on your bus trip! I too remember when Las Vegas was the only spot in North America where gambling was legal. Boy, quite the difference now, eh?

  3. Good morning Mary......have a great time!!!!!! THAT SAYS IT ALL.



  4. Hope the luck Gods were smiling down! I LOVE the sea....