An Enjoyable Day Trip to Long Beach Island
As the old saying goes: "We are off and running." Our June mystery day trip took our travelers on a Long Beach Island Tour. After picking up our passengers, we traveled to Long Beach east on the Atlantic City expressway then north on the Garden State Parkway to exit 63 - Route 72 east where we picked up Cathy Antener of Piney Power Tours our local guide for the day. www.pineypower.com.
Our first stop took us to the picturesque Viking Village area in Barnegat Light which was founded in the 1920s by first generation Scandinavian fishermen. (www.vikingvillage.net) The village is located on the northern tip of Long Beach Island which has easy access to the open seas via the Barnegat Inlet. At the dock, we learned that it is the 2nd largest commercial fishing dock in the state of New Jersey. This dock is the home to more than 40 independently owned fishing vessels that include scallopers, gillnetters and long line boats that produce 5 million pounds of seafood annually which is shipped locally and across the country. The group toured the facility gaining a new knowledge and respect for the brave people who go to sea for days at a time to provide this delicious and healthy seafood. Our thanks to Captain Ron Vreeland for giving us the tour and the insight of a fishermanfs work.
After our visit to the dock, we took the short drive to Olf Barney, the Barnegat Lighthouse. ( With this lighthouse being located on the northern tip of Long Beach Island it is one of New Jerseyfs most recognized landmarks. Olf Barney has been a veteran of service to seafarers for 68 years. A few of our travelers took the challenge and climbed the 217 steps to the top for a fantastic view.
The group had lunch at the Surf City Hotel where everyone visited with their traveling friends and discussed the morningfs events. Following lunch, we took the short drive from Surf City to Beach Haven where we visited the New Jersey Maritime Museum. (www.museumofnjmh.org) This is a wonderful museum dedicated to the New Jersey Maritime preservation. It was a special treat to see souvenirs and memorabilia of two famous Atlantic City restaurants, Hackneyfs and Captain Starnfs where many of us dined years ago. The museum also houses antique diving gear, pre-historic fossils from the inter-continental shelf of New Jersey and much more. The staff of the museum is completely made up of volunteers and they are very happy to show off their museum. While at the museum, folks were able to purchase our tour guidefs recently published book. "Discovering New Jerseys Pine Barrens". (This book is available at Amazon)
It was time to depart from this area of New Jersey and make our way home saying good bye to our friendly tour guide, Cathy. Everyone returned home having made new memories and seeing many things that have helped to save the memories of today and yesteryear.
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