Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Signs of the seashore that stick with you.

Stickers on the back of cars.

You might see some of these stickers  and wonder..where is their Happy Place?

OBX Outer Banks

LBI Long Beach Island

SIC Sea Isle City

NWW North Wildwood

M Margate

CM Cape May

SH Stone Harbor

OC Ocean City, MD or OCM - OCNJ is Ocean City, New Jersey

AV Avalon

BB Bethany Beach

LSD Lower Slower Delaware

An actual license plate, I saw on my way home from the beach. "It's fine". No words can describe more what your attitude is when an issue comes up at the beach. "It's fine".

Answers to yesterdays lifeguard challenge....

What flies without wings?
1. time

What goes through the door but does not go in or out?
2. keyhole

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Chatter at the beach

I do not want to bring anyone down for I too am suffering from a severe missing the beach hangover.

Let's remember the good times.

High dunes to help battle the next Nor'easter designed by the Army Corp of Engineers is the big news in our section of LBI this year and sooo much beach. The island is almost complete, the dredgers are still visible out in the ocean. If Trump still wants to build a wall, Christie might be his man, for the job he's done in Jersey.

An unmanned inner-tube floats further and further out to sea. A young boy asks the lifeguards, can I go for it ? They reply, you can try.  He swims and swims, it is a challenge the ocean is playing keep away.  He gets close and the lifeguard paddles out passes him retrieves the tube and the boy.  They both paddle back on the rescue board, a successful mission and a safe landing.

The biggest challenge of the day, keeping the umbrella standing and not inverting, going up against the wind. At the beach it is always something. If that is your biggest problem you are doing pretty good.

I had the MyLBIlife App so we had Things to Do bit apparently if you don't register people have other things to do. When we showed up at the 5th Street Beach in Surf City there appeared to be no one demonstrating a mock turtle and dolphin rescue BUT we happened into meeting one of the most important people on the island, the ocean temperature guy and we git to watch him at work.

There he goes


 Changing his mind?

 Suiting up

Action shot

I must say, I was pleased by his results 68 - 70 degrees all week.
He has been doing this job for almost 60 years.
He is a builder by trade.
Nice guy.

The Talk at the LBI Museum on New Jersey wrecks was informative, the most heartfelt one was the latest on the island with Captain Mears. A statue in his memory is located at Barnegat Light. His brother was part of the rescue crew. Mears and his shipmate capsized but found an air pocket to wait it out. As the rescue team arrived they were able to swim down and out but it is believed that the strap on Mears overalls was caught preventing him from getting out and he drowned at 53 years old.

An approximately six year old riding bikes with dad, Dad asks, "Would you like to go to the water-park?" Six says, Sure, how many times do I have to tell you that?
A father and son crossing the busiest intersection at Bay Village. 'Son please step back on the curb and make it more of a challenge for a car to hit you", pleads the father. I immediately jumped back on the curb myself heeding the sound advice.  The father first thanks me for paying attention and then apologized for hollering at me and explained, it has been a long day.

Lifeguard challenge question of the day, What flies without wings? You have 24 hours to figure it out. Answer tomorrow.

Another ponder supplied by lifeguard Christina: What goes through the door but does not go in or out?

Dolphins finally arrived on Day 7 and 8. No photo proof at this time but the coffee club saw them. I have witnesses. Annual friends from New Hampshire we have seen them every year, showed up on time at sunrise at the pavilion. We shared the sunrise and coffee. Happy 14th Anniversary to the New Hampshire couple and welcome to newcomer two month old Dean from a family of four.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Upcoming Events August 29 - September 5

August 29  Summer Potluck Lunch and a Movie at the Middletown Free Library.  You must bring sometime edible to share. The movie feature is "Green Fried Tomatoes". 12 p.m.

August 30 Watch a TedTalk at the Middletown Free Library  p.m. I just learned about TEDMED. Has anyone seen any of those yet? A friend's daughter, Jenny Stellar spoke at a TEDMED about awe-inspiring moments and hopefully it will be available on YouTube soon.

September 1 Two NASA Astronauts will take a spacewalk. NASA TV will air the six an a half hour space walk coverage beginning at 6:30 a.m.

September 1 - 5 Parks of Tap at FDR Park

September 2 Outdoor Movie Alligator People at the Betsy Ross House 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

September 2 Outdoor Movie at Clark Park

September 3 ChesterFest 2016 on the grounds of Talon Energy former PPLPark

September 3-4 Budweiser Made in America Concert

Now through September 5 Blue Cross Riverrink Summerfest

September 5 Labor Day Holiday Weekend for some and the unofficial end of summer for others (sad face).

Plan Ahead get tickets now.

September 9 - 24 Philadelphia Fringe Festival 

October7 PHeaSt at the Philadelphia Navy Yard 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. 

September 11 3rd Annual Shugart's Sunday BBQ & Bluegrass 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. At the grounds of Historic Sugartown's c. 1880 General Store, 690 Sugartown Road, Malvern, PA 19355

$40 ages 11 and up , $12 Children ages 3 – 10 years Ages 0 - 2 years – Free
To purchase tickets, visit or call 610-460-2667 RSVP by September 5th.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Upcoming weekend Events August 26-28

August 26 Dedication of the Arctic Explorer Elisha Kent Kane Historical marker at Laurel Hill Cemetery. 1 p.m. RSVP is required. As a local link, the 1785 National Registry of Historical Places,Thomas Leiper House still in existence in Nether Providence is open to visitors Saturday and Sunday 1 - 4 p.m. through November.  Thomas Leiper was the grandfather of Elisha Kane.

August 26 Smooth Summer Jazz at the Great Plaza Penn's Landing with Peabo Bryson. Arrive at 7, concert begins at 7:30 p.m. 

August 27 One Day in Chester Arts Festival

August 27 Sounds of Inspiration, Praise in the Park at Great Plaza, Penn's Landing.

August 28 Super Flea Market at Delaware County Community College. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m raindate 9/4.

August 28 Belmont Plateau Hall of Fame Classic Run/Walk 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

August 28 Hike with the Sierra Club 1:15 p.m. at Mineral Hill in Middletown Township. Park at the Middletown Memorial Park on the north side of Baltimore Pike just west of Ridley Creek 1.5 easy miles. Contact:

August 28 Concord Historical Society Museum is open 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.Virginia Merion DeNenno History and Educational Center is located at 659 Smithbridge Road, Glen Mills. 

Parks on Tap will be at Paines Park this weekend. 

10/11/2016 is the last day to register for the 11/08/2016 election. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Happy 100 National Park Service

Great Smokey Mountain National Park 
Number 1 in visitors in 2015.

A local resident in Shenandoah National Park
Valley Forge National Park
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Devil's Tower the first National Monument
Mt. Rushmore 
 Crater of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Grand Tetons


I am a huge fan. It is impossible to pick a favorite.

Fee Free Days August 25 -28
List of celebrations on August 25th throughout 
the National Park System