This past weekend, from Friday August 30-Monday, September 1, 2019, I was in Wildwood Crest in New Jersey. And no, I didn’t see Snooki or anyone from Jersey Shore, thank God. Anyway, the first day we had to pick up my sisters Abbey and Caroline from Philadelphia. Abbey’s boyfriend came with us, as well. So on Friday, we got to the hotel around sunset. We unpacked our bags and headed out to get a drink. We went to this bar with live music. The band playing was a Latin cover band called De Tierra Caliente. The band was pretty good, but not my favorite genre of music. I didn’t understand anything they were singing with one exception. They played Evil Ways by Santana. That was the only song in English they sang.

The next day, I got up and walked around the corner to get coffee. This would be a common thread throughout the mini-cation. From there, my family met me and we had breakfast. The place was called Oasis Beach Grille. The food was great! From there, I headed to the boardwalk to do the rides there.

Probably my favorite ride there was called Screamin’ Swing. It is in essence a giant swing like you’d see on any swing set except this has compressed air shooting you into the air 70 feet over the beach. I loved everything about this ride! Another ride on the boardwalk was a ride called IT. IT is a pendulum ride that swings you—while spinning!—65 feet in the air almost upside-down. The only thing holding you in is a lap bar. It was pretty intense!

Probably the most intense “ride” at Morey’s Piers (the name of the parks on the boardwalk) wasn’t even a ride, per se. It was a haunted walk-through called GHOST SHIP. The outside looks like a wrecked, dilapidated, rusted old ship. So that in and of itself is creepy enough. But this haunted ship has some more scary tricks up its sleeve. It has live “scare actors” that, unlike other haunted attractions, can and do grab you. One grabbed my wrist and nearly gave me a heart attack. And it was a LONG thing, too! It took ten minutes roughly to go through the whole thing. It had three levels to it and was mostly pitch black. That’s why when and if you watch my POV video of it on YouTube you can’t see that much. One thing that freaked me out was the “contamination area” of the ship. It had inflated air mattresses that you had to squeeze through and was blowing air on you the whole time you feel your way out of the mattresses. I don’t get scared easily and it freaked me out!

Probably my favorite roller coaster at Morey’s Piers was Great White. Great White is a wood/steel hybrid coaster that sits right on the beach. Like, literally on the beach. As in the supports are in the sand on the beach. Barring a fence, you can walk right up to this ride when you are walking along the beach. The ride is a little bumpy, but I am willing to overlook that just because of the ride’s location and how great this ride looks at sunset. Plus the view from the top of the ride is stunning! I have attached a photo I took from the top both in the daytime and at sunset. I had the pleasure of riding this 5 times throughout the day, but probably my favorite one I had was right as it was getting dark. The lighting from both the sunset and the ride itself made it memorable.

Another coaster I rode was actually the first ever “boomerang” coaster in the US. A “boomerang” coaster is a roller coaster that lifts you up a hill facing forward, sends you upside down three times, and then does the whole thing all over again backwards. I always thought this kind of coaster was “fun” but nothing special. You can find them at parks all over the world. But it is cool that this was the first in the United States. That ride was called Sea Serpent.

One coaster I am a little conflicted about is called Rollie’s Coaster. Yes, that really is the name of the ride. It is not tall at all, not fast–at all– ,does not go upside-down…and yet it has shoulder harnesses. What the Hell? If you are confused by this, welcome to my world.

I am a little sad one of my favorite coasters at the Piers, FLITZER, closed and was removed. But its replacement, Runaway Tram, was fun. It is a family ride, but the “fun” factor, to me, was legit. Actually, apart from Great White, this was probably my favorite coaster on the boardwalk. It wasn’t tall, fast, intense, loopy or anything. It was just purely fun.
The weirdest themed ride there was a Wild Mouse coaster called Doo Wopper. Doo Wopper was themed to—I promise you I am not exaggerating when I say this—food. A 1950s diner to be exact. It’s a fun little ride, but it made me hungry while riding it. I don’t know if that was its intention or not, but I got food after riding it.

The longest “real” ride I did, not counting the Ghost Ship, was called Seagull Cycles. It’s a scenic ride that takes you over the beach and near other rides. Seems relaxing, right? Well for the most part it is…except it is self-powered. I mean you have to use bicycle pedals to power the ride. If you don’t pedal, the ride won’t move. So yeah…relaxing but draining! After spending all day (from 10:30am-9pm) I went back to the hotel to rest up.

The next day, Sunday, I went to get coffee again from the same place as the day before. We went to breakfast then headed to the beach. I am not really a beach kind of guy, but I enjoyed getting in the water and riding waves. I’ve always enjoyed body surfing in the waves, but I can’t do it near my house, or even in Ocean City, Maryland simply because it is too rocky and the waves are too big and choppy. The waves in Jersey were perfect! I had a great time out there!

After getting out of the water, I was hungry so I walked about a half mile from one end of the beach to the other for lunch. I ate at this place called Sun Dog. I got a Sun Dog, which-go figure-is a hot dog. But on top of the dog was mashed potatoes made in-house and bacon. It sounds weird, but believe me…this hot dog was AMAZING!

So after my family was done at the beach, we headed out to Cape May. I have to admit, I got nostalgic walking around the shops. One shop in particular made me feel like a kid again. It’s a toy shop called Whale Tail. Yes, it is a kids’ toy store, but I used to love the store when I was a kid and I am so happy it is still open! Yes, I am a kid at heart. So much so that I actually bought a Mister Rogers jigsaw puzzle. And no, I have ZERO shame admitting to that. When I feel like shit, I remember that with Fred Rogers, it’s always a beautiful day in the neighborhood!
We had dinner at an Italian place that was BYOB. So naturally, I got a six pack of beer and drank my own poison at dinner. That was pretty cool they let people do that.

So the final day, Monday, Labor Day, we got up, packed up, and left to drop my sisters and Abbey’s boyfriend back off in Philly. From there, we headed home to Baltimore County. I was so happy to get back home to my kids (my cat and dog. I’m not a “real” parent yet). They were overjoyed to see me and trust me, the feeling was more than mutual!

So that was my Labor Day weekend. I hope you had just as much fun reading this as I did living it! Feel free to comment and thanks again for reading!



Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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