This Ain’t No Disco {first post-hurricane sandy, Jersey shore trip}{3}

If you’re playing along at home you already know that I’m away at the Jersey Shore this week.  We’ve had a lovely and relaxing time.  I recently wrote a post about the Country Living Magazine House of the Year which was a complete renovation of a house largely destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.  The damage at my own house was almost non-existent.

Well, here we are, back at the shore – getting to see what remains of our summer playground.  Even though I heard about all of the devastation in this area on the news I must say that I was a little shocked.  This area, Seaside Heights, was recently made famous by a silly TV show but is important to me because of the time I spent here as a kid.  I have indelible memories of time spent with siblings and cousins. . .  Magical summer memories of the beach and the piers and the games and the rides and the sleeping under the boardwalk. . .

There has clearly been a gargantuan clean-up effort here.  So much has been done.  But, so much was taken away by the storm – and so much more work remains.  The boardwalk is still in place – and a lot of the games and food are still there – but the majority of the rides – which existed out on the piers – are just gone.  The piers them selves are gone – and the clean up effort is still underway.  The worst of it has been sectioned off with fencing but the visible signs of disaster are still very much in evidence.  Our trip to the boardwalk last night was still fun.  But it was a little different. . .

There was still plenty of this. . .

cousins

But then also quite a bit of this. . .

and this. . .

We still got to do this (annual height ordered photo of the cousins). . .

But look what was right next our table when we sat down to eat. . .

The boardwalk is open and it’s fun.  But it is not back to normal.  The clean up is still in progress.   Our evening on the piers was definitely shorter, but the kids still got to do their thing. . .

And some of the older rides did make it through the storm. . .

But there was a lot missing. . .

We are hopeful that by this time next year there will be something beyond this entrance sign to no where.  Visiting the Jersey Shore has been a part of my life (off and on) for my whole life.  Have you ever been?  There is still a lot of work to be done and we will be back to check on the progress next summer.  Maybe we’ll see you down the shore!

UPDATE:

I’ve just been looking at images of this week’s devastating fire on this very pier.  I honestly cannot even believe that this has happened.  Like the devastation from the hurricane, I guess it won’t really sink in until I’ve seen it with my own eyes.  I am saddened for the loss of so many of the places that my memories have taken place but the loss of the business owners in this town is just not to be understood.  They have been through so much.  It’s truly awful.  So sad…

Here is a photo that I hadn’t originally used in my  post – taken in mid-August.

and during the fire. (photo from news source – i was not there during the fire)

And here is a photo from the air – it seems that there is just nothing left…

you can see the only standing ride in this photo above in one of my other photos – it is the pink and green one next to the construction vehicle – so much work had been done to recover from the hurricane – and now this – it’s just unreal.

My heart truly goes out to everyone who will be facing this recovery.

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