July 25–Aug. 3, 2014

Here are some highlights from our latest vacation in Stone Harbor, N.J. — which was our first weeklong trip “down the shore” since 2011, back when Joan and I were still engaged!

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July 12, 2014

Joan and I had heard from several people that Adventure Aquarium in Camden, N.J., was a great place to take kids — even little ones as young as Michael, who’s only 15 months old right now. And they were absolutely right.

We had a terrific time taking Michael to the aquarium on a late Saturday afternoon. Their new Hippo Haven exhibit was exciting — we could see the hippos both on “land” during feeding time and under the water. And Michael was mesmerized by the sight of colorful fish and sharks swimming by. I just love this silhouette of him:

Michael at Adventure Aquarium

As dinnertime approached, the three of us drove back across the Ben Franklin Bridge into Philadelphia, where we went to Jones, a family-friendly Stephen Starr restaurant, for a comfort-food meal. Since Michael usually expects to eat as soon as we sit down, I took Michael for a walk to nearby Washington Square while our order was prepared. And the food was just as delicious as it was during our previous visit with Joan’s friend Maura in March.

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