We left work on Friday at 3:00 pm. After a couple of quick stops we were on the road by quarter of four. Traffic wasn't *too* bad on the way there. Our trusty GPS had us find the hotel with no problems.
We picked hit hotel because it was within walking distance of the boardwalk and downtown, it was cheap and it allowed us to have our dog with us. I wasn't expecting a whole lot out of it.
Check in was a breeze and we were off to our new home for the weekend. The room was a small. That was the first thing I noticed when I walked in...after further inspection I found out why the room was so short.
It was because in the giant bathroom there was a very large jacuzzi tub! Right on! In the room there was also a fridge, microwave, large screen TV and two nice terry cloth robes for when you are done with the jacuzzi. Overall it very nice, especially for the price!
We unpacked and settled in. Our dog Pappy was so funny. He didn't understand what was going on at all since this was our first time taking him on a trip. He just kind of stayed on the bed, looking around with his ears flat back...you could tell that he was really hoping that we hadn't given up our house for this tiny little place. He was very timid that first night but after he realized this was the same as any other place where you eat and sleep, he was fine.
We didn't plan on going anywhere that night so we set about to finding a pizza place that delivered. We toyed with the idea of Pizza My Heart but when we looked online we found the prices to be quite outrageous. I'm sure it is great pizza(never had it myself) but almost 30 bucks for a large pizza??? Not this trip, we were all about pinching pennies this trip.
Finally we found an online menu for Joe's Pizza and Subs so we called and placed our order.
I wanted to hit the outside jacuzzi and pool while it was still not completely freezing outside. The pool was supposed to be heated so I didn't think there would be a problem. I hit the jacuzzi first while Rob waited for the pizza guy to show up. After about ten minutes of roasting in there I got in the pool.
It was NOT heated!
I jumped right back out and shivering with pins and needles on my skin I got back in the hot tub as fast as I could. Yes, it is California...but it is still JANUARY!!
Rob joined me in the tub a little bit later and then we went back to the room to eat, watch some TV and hit the sack.
We woke up early. We didn't intend to but around 6 or so in the morning we both awakened to the sound of our dog Pappy, underneath the covers with us, start heaving. We were too late to stop him, he had thrown up on the sheet just as we uncovered him. We're not sure what brought it on because it could have been a number of things. It could have been his new vinyl water dish we bought on the way up here if there was some sort of coating on it that we didn't rinse off completely. It could have been the change in his diet as we just switched to a new dog food that day. Or it could have just been all the excitement of going somewhere new. Either way it was the only time he did it, but now we were fully awake.
We got up and putted around the room. Rob played his guitar and I surfed the net and checked my email. Around seven we checked out the continetal breakfast and got a little bit to eat. We still had leftovers in the room so Rob just got coffee but I had to try the waffle maker. :-)
Back in the room we killed some more time watching TV and eventually showering and getting ready.
Our original plan was to leave the dog in the room, in his crate. When we checked in I had signed a paper stating that I would not leave the dog unattended in the room. It didn't seem like it would be a problem given that he was so timid that first night but now he was growling everytime he saw someone pass by the room(he would see the shadow under the door).
We got ready to go and then put him in his crate. Instantly he began whining and clawing at the door. We realized we were going to have a problem.
To make matters worse Housekeeping was working on the room next to ours and we were sure the noise would set Pappy into a barking fit.
In the end we decided that we would take the car instead of walk and we would leave him inside it. It wasn't warm so we knew he would be fine and we left him plenty of water in his new travel dish.
Problem solved we headed to the boardwalk.
We arrived and looked to see what rides were open. In the winter months they close part of the boardwalk and only have about five or six rides running. The rides listed looked promising so we both got wristbands instead of tickets.
One thing that should be known about me is that rides scare me. I won't do them for the most part. When I was a little girl my father took me on the Tilt A Whirl at some amusement park and as soon as the ride started I began to cry and scream. My dad had to scream at the poor guy to make him stop the ride so I could get off. And it's only gotten worse with age.
But there were some things like the merry go round and the bumper cars that I *did* want to go on so it was worth it for me to get the band as well.
The first thing Rob did was go on the Giant Dipper. That is the big wooden roller coaster. He hadn't been on it since he was a kid when his grandpa Frank took him. He said it was just as he remembered.
After that we walked to where they had the end of the boardwalk barred off, just to see what was around there and then Rob got on the swing ride.
Next we did the merry go round, bumper cars 3 times and then Rob headed back to the roller coaster and then he did the fireball(that thing gives me a panic attack just *watching* it!!) and then we both did the Rock n Roll ride. It was the only ride that didn't involve heights and looked somewhat safe.
Then it was off to check out the arcade. We just bought a Wii so we didn't have any interest in playing anything, we just wanted to see what was there. They had "Classic Corner" that had all the old school games like Frogger, PacMan, Tron and Track and Field. LOL! It was so funny to see those and see little kids playing them, not knowing they were the games that paved the roads for the lavish games we have today.
We decided to go on Rock n Roll again so we went all the way down to the end of the park and started over. After we were done on that, I wanted to ride it again but Rob wanted to go on the Coaster so we parted ways and I got on the only ride I dared to go on one last time. When I was done I hit up the Fish & Fries stand and got some garlic fries and a soda. While I was waiting for the food I looked over and saw Rob approaching. He caught my eye and sort of looked back, pointing at the Fireball ride. I nodded and waived and he grinned, turning around and running to get on the ride one more time. It was like a 42 year old child. Very cute.
When he was done he came back over and we made quick work of the fries.
We were pretty much done at that point but we decided to go on the bumper cars one more time and then one final spin on the merry go round, where Rob was able to get the ring into the clowns mouth, setting off the bells and whistles...his goal for the trip was made. :-)
Back at the car, Pappy quickly forgave us for leaving him so long and we drove back to the hotel.
We were pretty tired from our trip but it was far too late in the evening to take a nap so we decided to take Pappy on a walk down to this Taco Bar that we saw on the way back from the boardwalk. Once there we ordered dinner and then walked Pappy over to the beach to wait for our food.
After we got our food we headed back to the hotel where we used the jacuzzi in the room and then ate before heading to bed.