Back From The Beach

...and I'll admit it, I don't want to be.

Despite this, we did have a great week at the Jersey shore. My family has been heading to Ocean City, New Jersey nearly every summer since I was but a wee lad. And in all of that time, I cannot remember when the weather was better than that which we had last week.

The Girl:

The air temperature fluctuated between the mid-80s and high-90s all week, but with the offshore breeze hitting the beach, even the hottest of days felt pleasant. The water temperature was in the mid-60s, but felt fine once you got used to it. The waves were relatively small, but that is normal for the Jersey shore.

The Boy:

On Thursday afternoon, my younger brother and his fiance tied the proverbial knot on the beach at 59th Street. The gross irony is that, while the rest of the week was sunny and relatively clear, it decided to rain on us at 5:00 p.m. on the day of the ceremony (which was supposed to take place at 5:30 p.m.).

Here is a shot of my brother on the beach beneath the gathering storm clouds on the big day, texting his bride-to-be:

The good news is that we were able to pull off the whole thing without getting too wet. We moved all of the guests and props underneath a public pavilion/gazebo nearby -- that still had a beach/ocean view. As soon as the ceremony ended, a rainbow materialized over the beach, just in time for wedding pictures.

All in all it was a superb week of family, fun, sun, waves, salt air and good times. If you missed it, I twittered the entire trip, starting here.

It's good to be back into our routine, but I would be completely dishonest if I said that I didn't want to buy a house at the shore...

Photos: me