After meeting up with Darci and her Dad near the outlet stores in Jackson yesterday afternoon, the girls and I continued on to Asbury Park - site of the 2009 New Jersey Zombie Walk which
With the big beach season of the year being over, the place had that abandoned you-know-this-is-going-to-be-bad Stephen King novel kinda feel but at the same time, it was pretty intriguing - almost like I had somehow stepped back into the time of beach-goers past.
After checking into The Berkeley Hotel, one of the former grand hotels of Asbury Park, and tossing our stuff into what was a very nice room with a nice view of the ocean, the girls and I walked over to the boardwalk to check things out and find something to eat. There were a few other people out and about but for the most part, the place was almost a Ghost Town. Following dinner at Biggie's Clam Bar, the girls went back to the hotel and I took off down the darkened boardwalk by myself in search of a photographic opportunity or two.
Initially it was a little cold with the wind still blowing up a gale and only a few people out and about but there were enough of them to not make me feel like I should be packing heat or run back to my hotel room and hide! The night definitely had that 'other worldly' feel to it but I rather liked it, especially when I got to the end of the boardwalk where the remains of the 1920's casino once proudly stood ...
... as well as the Carousel Building that no longer contains a carousel - last night it contained an AA meeting with quite a few attendees. It's there that the zombies will be gathering a little later today which seems to be more than appropriate!
I'm not sure when I'll be able to get another full post up due to the long drive home tonight and a double-shift at work tomorrow but I'll try to post a picture or two via cell phone sometime today. After all, there should be a couple good photo ops here or there!