Boardwalking

Boardwalks are awesome. This is my conclusion after visiting two of them this weekend. The first was in Ocean City, MD which was all but deserted when we tromped its 1.7 miles past block after block of shuttered up t-shirt shops and ice cream parlors*. We had to use our imaginations to picture it in all its glory filled to the brim with sun-burnt tourists, but I could imagine it is quite a scene during the summer. The second boardwalk is possibly the most famous boardwalk of all times: Atlantic City (as seen in the pictures*.) Similar to Ocean City in it being a pedestrian only thoroughfare with the beach on one side and shops, etc. on the other, but different. People were everywhere on this boardwalk, even so late in the season. Lots of old folks out walking and sitting on the benches. Casino architecture to entertain the eye. Beautiful dunes between the walk and the beach. Both are great places to people watch, walk off an ice cream or two, and be part of the goings-on of a town.

The concept of designating a place for people to walk around semi-aimlessly, interact, shop, eat, and pass time is the reason I am so enthralled with boardwalks. The pedestrian advocate in me (both as a means of exercise and of transportation) loves to see people out walking. The lazy bum in me loves to see benches for just lazing about in the sun and watching the world pass by. If it weren't for all the shops selling totally useless crap*, I would be *all* about boardwalks. As it is, I still think they are neat.
Tuesday October 28 2008File under: travel

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on Tue 28th Oct, 2008 10:25 am PDT Saxtor said:
You have been far nicer to Atlantic City than is deserved. AC would like to thank your for your kind post by knocking you over the head and taking your wallet, then kicking you as she walks away.
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on Wed 29th Oct, 2008 04:04 pm PDT Joe said:
lol....well, I'm only a few miles from the boardwalk in Santa Monica. I hear there's a new giant ferris wheel that I need to go check out soon. I've been on the old school all wooden roller coaster they have there, where they literally hand you a hammer and some nails and say "do what ya can" as the cart lurches forward to a loud creaking sound.
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on Thu 30th Oct, 2008 10:08 pm PDT dAve said:
i hope you celebrated 'senior everyday' in AC. last year i promptly won $80 on my first 8 hands of $10 blackjack. then the next morning just as promptly gave it all back.
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