I took a break from blogging this past week since my brother was visiting from California. I look forward to catching up on everyone's blog postings this week. Unfortunately, I recently took vacation time from work and was only able to take one extra day off this past week. For my day off, we decided to stay close to home and visited Island Beach State Park, which is about five minutes from Seaside Heights, home of the "Jersey Shore" house. Well, the park may be close to the boardwalk area of Seaside, but it is also worlds away, and it highlights the beauty of coastal New Jersey. This is probably one of the last places that you would find Snooki and crew! Oh, and by the way, I have lived in New Jersey my whole life and the MTV show couldn't be any further from a true depiction of the Jersey Shore that I know and love! If you have never visited the beach towns of New Jersey, please do- they are just lovely.