So friends I start this report while sitting on my balcony at the Pan American on our 18th annual family vacation. This is our 7th year at the Pan American and my 3rd in this room, it’s like seeing an old friend walking through the door. I always say this and I’m glad it’s still true, when I’m down for these vacations it‘s as if we had never left and just pick right back up from every previous trip, like one long journey. There is a tiny mark I make with the year in an impossible to find spot in the room with the year and when I see the previous years it hits home how fast time and life goes by. Now that I’ve told you how crazy I am here are some photos of the trip so far and observations....
The new McDonalds looks great coming on the island. I hear people arent thrilled with the interior but the exterior came out great and compliments the Wawa and other newer Doo-Wop signs great. I only wish McDonalds got a new sign made of neon. Also, the motel district really still does look great. Pretty much all the motel’s left look to be well maintained and the sight coming into the Crest is still great. Starlux mini golf, the Wildwoods sign and the whole area was busy.
Left home in Tom’s River and made it down in about 1:45 minutes and arrived around 10:30am. It was a 10/10 beach day, warm water and just enough waves to keep things fun. The weekends are definitely more crowded than the weekdays.
Dinner at the Doo-Wop Diner which has always remained good as far as I’m concerned. I had the “Porky Pig” which is a BBQ pulled pork and an Egg Cream. Walked to the end of the boardwalk, back to the hotel and decided to head back up again at night. The boardwalk was packed, a younger crowd on the weekend for sure by everyone having a good time. Saw Gig all over the boards keeping the trams running smooth as usual. Pops Popcorn place looks good but wasn’t busy, I hope they pick up as it’s a nice looking business. i also noticed a few new stores selling Wildwood shirts etc that actually looked quite nice, hopefully we see more of that and less of those discount stores with boxes piled everywhere.
Did something new and stopped in the Boardwalk Chapel. Apparently it was BBQ and Blues weekend or something on the island and they had a band in playing some Christian Blues and Rock. Everyone was very nice and the band was quite good.
Obligatory sign picture.
Got fries at Grab a Weiner, they were good but I want to get Curleys next.
New Ice Cream truck. Sunday afternoon the rest of my family arrived. Dinner at Alosi’s Bistro. We spend most of our dinners there and always get a warm greeting from the owner which is nice. The place is spotless, the customer service great and the food great as well. I highly recommend Alosi‘s.
Monday was another 10/10 beach day. The water was crystal clear, you could see everything. Saw rays, minnows, a huge school of fish that came right up to everyone and Dol phins right behind them, the closest I've personally ever been to them here. The water was about 74 and felt great. Waves were almost non existent so the body board made a great raft to hold onto and just float.
After dinner we headed up to the Boardwalk to ride the Great White. Tons of fun as always. The moon is about full and we enjoyed a beautiful sunset walk and I went back at night for some moon shots, the water was beautiful with the moon reflecting. I’ll post those when I get home as they are on my camera.
to be continued...