I can't remember the last time we actually took a vacation during the summer. We seem to reserve vacations for sometime between January and May, the perfect time to get away from the doldrums of winter in New Jersey.
Our summer weekends usually consist of cookouts and day trips. This year out goal was to find a beach that would welcome our little dog Stitch--and we found a close, beautiful, beach, less than two hours away--Island Beach State Park.
The best part of Island Beach State is that it is a State Park, so there aren't any "snack stands" or restaurants near by, it was almost like "Day Camping." We got up early brought food and shelter for the day and hiked out onto the beach and set up camp.
The dunes are pristine.
Our awesome day shelter--otherwise known as "Bully Hill on the Beach."
The summer of 2011 may be over, but we are looking forward to going back to Island Beach State Park next year.
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