It used to be that if someone had a small baby or young children they wanted to take to the beach, they would bring a modest tent-like structure. The little ones could take a nap and their delicate skin could be protected from the sun. It’s a very good idea.
Now it’s everyone and her brother, sister, brother-in-law, cousin and roommate from college living in a tent for the day on the beaches of Jersey. We usually don’t spend more than an hour or two on the beach and we really don’t mind, but some people complain about the lack of adequate space and/or blocking the view of the ocean with all these people with tents.
I forgot my book this weekend at the beach but was treated to a good hour and a half of entertainment watching a woman struggle to keep her tent from collapsing while her husband and son sat outside inside the tent on chairs.
The chairs had a canopy over them! What’s the point of the chair with a canopy on it if you’re bringing a freaking tent to the beach? !
Who needs whale watching or spotting the occasional porpoise swimming in unison along the coast when human activity is far more fascinating? If you want to enjoy the ocean and the salty air, go to any beach in the world, but if you want to be annoyed by human behavior, go to a beach in New Jersey. It’s hysterical!
New Jersey beaches suddenly become tent cities
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