Ocean Grove: Hunt for Hearts

Ocean Grove’s Hunt for hearts was so much fun. You can never have enough chocolate.

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chocloversDad’s Taxi went yesterday for the first time to Ocean Grove, NJ. Considering that Dad has been living on the Jersey shore for over 15 years and has never visited Ocean Grove is totally different story.

Ocean Grove is located one town over from Asbury Park.. As a matter of park you an walk down the boardwalk from Asbury Park to Ocean Grove. Of course I’ve never done that either. Well let me tell you my visit to Ocean Grove was truly delightful and I plan on going there again soon. Ocean Grove is a very old town on the Jersey shore which has a beautiful boardwalk, quaint little bed and breakfast hotels, and a lot of history!

I went to Ocean Grove with a few my friends. Lee, Cris, Cara and myself. I was meeting Cara for the first time and Lee is my best friend.. He’s my partner in crime in all things related to Tennis. Lee, Cris and I work for the same company. Cris bought along Cara as they are lifelong friends! It was a true pleasure meeting Cara!  As you know it’s my normal practice to not use people’s real names so I can protect their privacy and prevent them from being more embarassed from making my blog.

I absolutely loved Ocean Grove! the history was everywhere. It was in the architecture of the houses, the feel of a small town and just the coziness of the town. I felt like I had gone back in time to the early 20th century when I looked at the houses and surroundings. Anyway, I’m getting distracted with my own observations, back to the reason for this posting, and my perspective on the “Hunt for Hearts”!

We were given a map of the participating stores/businesses that were partaking in the heart hunt. There were 29 stores in a proxemity of a mile to two miles. The objective was to walk into a business and find a hidden heart somewhere in the business. Once the heart was found the counter person would initialize your paper to signify your success at that location!

As we we walked around and searched for the hearts, many of the businesses made it easy to find the heart, but some places, made it very challenging. Of cours I was just interested in finding real chocolate and THEN the heart, as I have a notorious sweet tooth. My friend Lee was on the lookout for brownies.. The antique and thrift shops we walked into had such history and such amazing trinkets that I felt I had stepped back into time. I was really more interested in exploring the antique stores than finding hearts. Yet I know I didn’t want to be out done by my partners in crime for today, Lee, Cris, and Cara respectively.

redheartWe had some great conversations and the highlight of the hunt was Lee getting a marriage proposal from Cara (In jest of course). Since Lee is retirement eligible and has health benefits, Cara proposed marriage to Lee so she can get health benefits (See Mr. Obama what your Obama Care has done to the people?). Lee of course declined this proposal but I truly wonder he made the right decision. Cara is a very sweet and humorous individual. Her sense of humor was quite apparent during our jaunt hunting for the red hearts in the stores.

Along the way during our hunt, we all loaded up on chocolate (kisses, mini milky way and other chocolate treats). I must state here that it was mainly me that was loading up on chocolate treats. Cara, Cris and Lee were being very precise and sometimes too fast in finding the hidden red chocolates in the businesses we visited.

I was so enamored with the stores and the pleasant home feel of Ocean Grove, I had a sense of deja vu that I had been there before? Past life? who knows?

The weather was great after our last snow storm from the day before and we were jumping over puddles left over from the melting snow. I tell you the walk and the hunt was truly fun! I felt like a kid again when I walked into the store and was actually trying to find the hidden hearts!

After about 2 hour we found all the hearts and returned to the tourist center to fill out our entry to the raffle, Even this place had an old world charm to it!

We ate lunch at a really nice diner/luncheonette called Nagle’s . For $10 you had an amazing meal and you were sitting at a table where the table had on it under glass an newspaper extract from the late 1800’s. We sat next to the wall where there were authentic manual typewriters.. The whole place had an air of a luncheonette and the service and food were outstanding!

We visited some amazing Bread and Breakfast places across from the beach and let me tell you.. I plan on visiting and staying at these places in the near future!

The best part of this day was being with dear friend Lee and meeting Cris and Cara (for the first time). These people really are so down to earth and are so easy to spend time with. I do hope I have the chance to do this again.. I told Cara about Dad’s taxi and she will probably be reading this blog. I hope you leave a comment Cara!

Now it’s time for me to review my stash of candy that I got yesterday and finish them before my kids come over and finish it for me.

Ocean Grove is a treasure trove of history and I plan on visiting this historical little town again in the near future!

Author: Dads Taxi

I'm a Dad from the Central New Jersey, who sees humor in lots of things. Some of the things I write about happen to me or I see them... I'm also on the constant hunt for a bargain!

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