November 2, 2008 |
When I first heard about nude beaches as a young boy, I was intrigued. Not because I wanted to get naked myself - I wanted to see women's bodies, which were still a mystery to me. Taking off one's own clothes just seemed like the price of admission. Somehow, I made it into adulthood without so much as skinny-dipping. But a recent trip to Mexico's Caribbean coast for a friend's wedding gave me a good excuse to try it out. I picked the clothing-optional beach resort in Tulum chiefly because it was affordable - at 26, I no longer found nude women all that shocking.
August 25, 2004 |
"Dazzling. An incredible auditory and visual experience," said Pat Sutton, program director of the Cape May Bird Observatory. She was describing not a Broadway musical but the singing and dancing by thousands of shorebirds that have migrated from South and Central America to the beaches of Stone Harbor Point and other New Jersey coastal towns. They come for the fine seafood buffet and the habitat: a shelly, sandy beach that camouflages their eggs and young. Despite the friendly conditions, there are threats to the birds' survival.
October 18, 1987 |
An endless drove of honking geese, arched against the blue-gray autumn sky like a maze of tiny little jets soaring across the heavens, told you that summer was now prologue. When the geese fly south over Cape May, N.J., winter is never far behind. It goes with the calendar. One season follows the other, as night the day. It is all part of the great mystique and majesty of nature. It was autumn now. The scorching suns of summer that brought happy throngs to the seaside had been tempered by nature.
December 15, 1996 |
On a sandy beach in Ocean City last winter, Joe Manganello decided to end his nine-year run as a freeholder. Last week, he walked in to his surprise retirement roast to find a picture of himself on a table - a picture of that moment on the beach. "It was a beautiful winter day," he said of the day he had spent with his wife, Lucille. "One of the things we talked about was, I said, 'If I stay in politics and am campaigning, we're not going to have these moments. I enjoy my family much more.
February 16, 1997 |
Unpacking my suitcase for a long weekend on this tiny coastal isle, I was struck by the thought that my schizoid smorgasbord of stuff couldn't possibly all be going on the same vacation. I pulled out a formal gown and mud-caked hiking boots, satin high heels and scruffy T-shirts, my pearl necklace and my Swiss army knife, perfume, bug spray, and hair spray, a rain suit, a bathing suit, and a windbreaker. But it was all standard gear for a stay at the Cloister, a deliciously eclectic retreat set on a lush swath of barrier island with a five-mile sandy beach, vast expanses of marshlands, and country lanes flanked by huge live oaks dripping with Spanish moss.
March 20, 1987 |
As the lights signaled the intermission at Coastal Disturbances the other night, a woman in the audience fairly bellowed at her companion, "PEOPLE DON'T BEHAVE LIKE THAT!" After making the complaint, she collected herself, walked out of the Circle in the Square Theater uptown and did not come back. Hardly anybody followed her lead. Tina Howe's new play about a beach romance is riding a wave of critical approval that has washed it up on 50th Street from Off-Broadway's Second Stage, a company that got the same playwright's Painting Churches into circulation.
May 31, 1989 |
When a storm like Saturday's hits Cape May City with high winds and a inch of rain, Beach Drive often is submerged by ocean waves that wash over a sea wall of boulders and flow across the pavement and down the street past the old Victorian-style homes, motels and shops. "In a major storm, it can look like Niagara Falls," said city engineer Alvin Herman. Afterward, poor drainage causes the water to collect in pools along some streets in the northeast section of town, especially in the low-lying "Frog Hollow" section.
June 25, 2001 |
Lorenzo Moody Sr. went off to war healthy and returned a broken man. His limbs felt weak. His mood was bad. He was tired all the time. The doctors told him it was leukemia. His chances of leading a normal life were dim. That was 10 years ago. Yesterday, Moody and more than two dozen other cancer survivors were on the sandy beach just off Morey's Pier in Wildwood, cheering on more than 100 swimmers from across the Eastern Seaboard who dove into the Atlantic to help raise money for patients like themselves.
July 19, 1994 |
Carl and Margie McDaniel of Pennsauken picked the right time for a Jersey Shore vacation. With the heat wave in full tropical force last week, they packed up their three sweaty children and a niece, and headed for Cape May County. Five miles short of the beach, they stopped. And, happily, stayed right where they were. "This is so much nicer" than the Shore, said Carl McDaniel, digging his toes into the sandy beach bordering the lake at the Beachcomber Camping Resort here.
November 25, 1991 |
Sea Isle City offers an unusually revealing view of Jim Murray's beach- front house these days - from the front and the back, from either side and from underneath. Revealing, yes, but not pretty. Not since what has come to be called the "Halloween Storm" tore the dunes right out from under the vacation home of the former general manager of the Philadelphia Eagles. The storm, which ripped away much of the Jersey Shore, had a particularly eerie effect on Murray's house.