And meet me tonight in Atlantic City.

After a quiet weekend last week, the past few days have been action-packed. Yet again returning to the Jersey Shore, DH and I explored one of the Garden State’s most famous beach resorts. Before I describe these new adventures however, there are a few news items that I wanted to share first.

First, sadly, this past week saw the passing of Joe LoCicero, best known as “Million Mile Joe.” Joe gained renown for driving his 1990 Honda Accord sedan 1,000,000 miles on its original motor. In fact, upon crossing the million-mile threshold, Honda gifted Joe with a new Accord to see him to the next million miles. I would have liked to have met Joe and shared a cup of coffee with him, talking about his adventures and the places he has seen. You can learn more about Joe with this video, which was produced when his Accord only had about 973,000 miles: Million Mile Joe’s Introduction.

Second, I began this blog after reading and corresponding with two very cool people: Tyson of Drive to Five, who chronicled his drive to 500,000 miles in his 1994 Acura Legend coupe, and Josh of TSX Travels, who has been inching closer and closer to 500,000 miles in his 2004 Acura TSX. Josh finally broke the half-million mile barrier. and I certainly wanted to give him a mention! He works as an property damage appraiser and travels through Idaho and the surrounding states as part of his job. Congratulations to Josh!

Finally, some cool news from much closer to home. For many years, my Dad owned Hondas, his last being a 1994 Accord sedan. In the intervening years, he owned a succession of Nissan Maximas and Toyota Camrys. After two decades driving other vehicles, Dad has returned to the fold, purchasing a 2015 Honda Accord EX-L V6 sedan. When he showed me the car, he proudly exclaimed: “Now begins the Voyage of DS!” “Dad’s Sedan?” I asked, quizzically. Dad shook his head,”No. Darth Sidious.” Yes, my father, ever the consummate Star Wars fan, named his car after the Evil Emperor. I will have more to share in the coming months, as Dad suggested that I take his car for a weekend and do a special feature and comparison review- a challenge I immediately accepted, so stay tuned!

IMG_7048
Dad’s new car. Such a cool shade of silver!
IMG_6998
The Force Awakens. Dad LOVES the V6 power.
IMG_7049
DS (?) and DH, getting acquainted.

A friend from out of town came in for a visit this weekend, so after taking care of some errands near home, we departed for the Jersey Shore. Arriving down to Cape May on Saturday afternoon, we met up with some family members at The Lobster House, a veritable institution at the shore. In business for four generations, the Lobster House comprises a restaurant, a fish market, a raw bar (for oysters, clams, shrimp, crabs, mussels, and other seafoods), and a processing facility for a commercial fishing fleet that is anchored at the Lobster House’s dock. It’s quite an operation, and the food is terrific!

IMG_6899
View from The Lobster House.
IMG_7039
A commercial fishing fleet is moored beside the restaurant.
IMG_7042
Processing facility for the freshly caught shellfish and fish.
IMG_7113
I will never tire of sunsets at the Jersey shore.

Sunday morning, after church, breakfast at Uncle Bill’s Pancake House, and a stroll through Cape May, we departed for Atlantic City, New Jersey. Incorporated in 1853, Atlantic City was developed from the very beginning as a beach resort. Atlantic City had the first boardwalk in the United States, which opened in 1870. A series of lavish hotels were built, and the city became a tourist destination for the nation’s elite. During the prohibition era, organized crime took root, as both gambling and alcohol were easily found in the city, despite both being officially illegal. Many are familiar with this era of the city’s history through the recent HBO historical drama “Boardwalk Empire.” More recently, in 1974, casino gambling was legalized in A.C., and this has fueled a latter-day resurgence of the city after a decline in its fortunes from the 1930s-1970s (via Wikipedia).

IMG_7116
Uncle Bill’s Pancake House! Yum! Again! And again!
IMG_7118
The architecture in Cape May is truly fascinating. This house caught my eye.
IMG_7122
Atlantic City in the distance.
IMG_7127
We stopped at Caesar’s casino, which is straight ahead.
IMG_7128
The lobby of Caesar’s. “Subtle and elegant” are not words I would use to describe any of the A.C. casinos.
IMG_7129
The Boardwalk! Built in 1870 and still going strong.
IMG_7131
One of the older hotels from the city’s 19th century heyday sits in front of the much newer Bally’s tower.
IMG_7138
I keep The Voyage of DH decidedly non-political. So I’m just going to leave this here, without comment, other than to say that when the Taj Mahal potentially closes in October of this year, there will be no Trump-branded casinos in the city anymore.
IMG_7141
Very cool postcard-themed billboard.
IMG_7132
Indiana Avenue. Sound familiar? The board game “Monopoly” is named after Atlantic City streets and attractions. Even if you never set foot in New Jersey, if you have ever played this game, you have connected with Atlantic City.
IMG_7149
Dinner at Morton’s steakhouse. Easily one of the best meals either of us ever ate.
IMG_7156
Heading home after a fun-filled day.

 

IMG_7160
An awesome sky appeared during our drive home.
IMG_7119
And another small milestone broken.

Thanks for coming along on another adventure in the Voyage of DH. Next weekend I have planned a very fun and interesting trip through four states. Be on the lookout for a new post next weekend. In the meantime, have a great week!

‘Til next time.

One thought on “And meet me tonight in Atlantic City.

  1. Lots of good stuff in here. That home in Cape May is beautiful! I love the architecture. Years ago I was in Atlantic City for a big music festival. Really enjoyed wandering around the Boardwalk and getting to know the city a little. Congratulations to your dad on the new Accord!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s