So we decided to take a day trip.
|The surf was up|
We've been on a few outings since lockdown began -- to see our local covered bridges, walk along the canal by the river, visit a few historic towns. But there's nothing quite like going to the beach.
|Plenty of beachgoers|
For us it's an hour-and-a-half drive to the Jersey Shore, where for $10 you can purchase a ticket to get on the beach. Tickets are limited to keep down the crowds. We wore masks as we entered through the gate, where you might be in close proximity to other people. But once on the beach it wasn't hard to maintain at least six feet distance. Yes, someone might come a little closer as they walk by -- but only for an instant, and in the breeze.
|But not too crowded|
The surf was up, so there were plenty of young surfers (and a few old ones) catching waves and enjoying good long rides. Most of the schools and universities in New Jersey seem to be opening up remotely, leaving people free to spend some extra time at the shore.
|Catching a wave|
The sun was out, the temperature in the high 80s, and the water was 73 degrees.
Still, there was plenty of space to relax and soak up the last rays of summer. A perfect beach day.
We drove home at the end of the day, back to reality. But the ocean is always there if we feel the need. The beach is beautiful in September.