[nagdu] Our trip to the shore

Tracy Carcione carcione at access.net
Sun Sep 22 15:16:52 UTC 2013

My husband and I just got back from a trip to the Jersey Shore, Cape May, to 
be exact, way at the other end of Jersey.  We hadn't been to the beach in 
years, and we had a great time.  We are both blind, but the Sendero GPS 
worked well at letting us know where we were and which way to head.  That, 
and asking people for directions.  We did a lot of walking, and Ben is glad 
to be home, getting some rest before I have to go into the office tomorrow.
At first, Ben seemed to like the beach.  We walked along the wet sand, and 
he kept angling towards the ocean.  So I took off my socks and shoes, and 
Ben's harness, and we went down by the water.  I thought that, when he got 
his feet wet, he'd want to jump back, but he wanted to go into the waves 
instead.  I didn't let him though--they seemed pretty fast and strong to me.
But, after a day or so, Ben stopped wanting to go to the beach.  I'd try to 
get him to turn into the entrance, and he'd say there was a wall there, and 
we couldn't possibly go that way.  I had to be very stern with him.  I don't 
know if he didn't like the sand on his paws, or if he just thought it was 
real boring, hanging out on the sand. It wasn't hot, so that wasn't it.
But we had a great time, and no access problems of any kind.We went shopping 
in the mall, wandering into shops that sounded or smelled interesting.  We 
were walking past a bar one night after dinner, and heard a fine musician, 
so stopped to have a beer and listen.  We took a trolley tour and a walking 
tour, or just strolled around, or hung out on the beach.
Anyway, that was our little vacation adventure.

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