Here are some more sights from walking around Atlantic City, New Jersey a few weeks ago:
A look at the beach from the distance.
Walking around Atlantic City, New Jersey is a traveler’s bag of mixed emotions. There are a bunch of empty buildings, from the once bustling Showboat Hotel & Casino to the little boarded up retail shops on the boardwalk. Even on a gorgeous spring day, there isn’t a lot of pedestrian traffic cluttering that boardwalk the way there once was, even a decade ago.
Read the rest of my article for Travel Pulse here.
So hello everyone, my name is Ej Garr, and as most of you know (from Lisa’s other posts) I have been with Lisa for the last five years of our lives, and together we take on adventures, while she finally gets to see the world.
Until recently, traveling for Lisa was not something that was easy to do while raising three amazing kids, and dealing with the loss of her husband and the kids’ father too early in life. Luckily, I am fortunate enough to call Lisa and her kids — Nicole, Travis and Sami — my immediate family today and hopefully for years to come.
We use the phrase ‘When one door closes, another one opens’ often around here, because we all know what hardships life has to offer and how paths change, so now Lisa and I take on challenges and adventures that have us traveling all around the United States — so far.
As for me, I have been a lighthouse freak since I was a kid. I’ve always loved the idea of a light overlooking the water, understanding the history of how some lighthouses were used to signal actual wartime events and invasions, and were used to alert the nearby towns and men to prepare for something coming. Today, we know lighthouses are all in peace time, and some, if not most, still offer tours. In fact, I am now a Lighthouse Passport holder, and Holder of the Light.
I told Lisa I wanted to be her Lighthouse Correspondent, obviously biting off the term White House Correspondent, because I have been to about seven lighthouses in my life. I had all my former memorabilia and trinkets lost in transition back to Montana, where I went to college from 1989 – 91, when I returned there in 2004, but that’s another story altogether.
So now, I am going to be giving tours of lighthouses all over the world as we travel and today it starts with the Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City, NJ. The Absecon Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey, and the third tallest lighthouse in the United States. Trust me, Lisa and I know, because we climbed all 228 steps to the top of it, and we shot a three-part series of videos along the way.
There are stops to make as you progress up the stairwell, with window views over Atlantic City from different angles that include guide books and illustrations of the lighthouse, from the building of it, transition of it over the years, etc.
Seeing the world with Lisa has just begun for the most part, although we have certainly gotten to see some pretty happening places in a short time.
We run a radio show together, work from home together, and travel together, so we may drive each other crazy, but I love my life, and am lucky to see all of it with her.
Enjoy the pics and videos from the first lighthouse tour on the list of many to come over the next few years.
From yours truly, Ej Garr, that Rainmaker guy on Sports Palooza Radio, and dude who spends his time with the Virgin Traveler…. What’s next?
What’s your someday? As the Virgin Traveler says….Make it today!
So, how did I get to Paterson, New Jersey? Being a Virgin Traveler means doing things you haven’t done before, and I’ve been to Atlantic City, New Jersey at least a dozen times. But when I was looking for a place to just get away and didn’t want to spend a fortune, Bally’s in Atlantic City, New Jersey came through. One of their specials of being a card holder was a free room for five days and the only thing we had to pay for was that dreaded daily ‘resort fee.’ We just needed a few days away before the summer when the kids are home from college and our schedule changes. Working while we sat at the beach instead of at home and walking the boardwalk just seemed like the perfect fit. More on that part of the trip later…
Of course, the Virgin Traveler knows to look for new things to do along the way and the first thing we did was look in our National Parks passport to see where we could get another stamp. The Paterson Great Falls Park is a National Historic Park in Paterson, New Jersey and it was on the way.
According to their website, the “history of the City of Paterson includes being an ambitious project for Alexander Hamilton and the Society for Establishing Useful Manufacturers (S.U.M.) in 1792 at the Great Falls, the early development of water power systems for industrial use, and the various types of manufacturing that occurred in the District’s mills into the 20th Century. These included cotton fabrics, railroad locomotives, textile machinery, jute, and silk spinning, weaving, and dyeing, among many others.”
(And Yes, that’s THE Alexander Hamilton — you know, from that Broadway musical.)
So we stopped by and got our passport stamp. When we went into the office to do it, they were playing the Hamilton musical soundtrack. Of course, there were tons of Alexander Hamilton souvenirs you could buy.
Outside you can meet Alexander Hamilton! No you can’t silly. But there is this statue of him and it’s the closest you’ll ever get, so I took my photo with him.
And of course there’s the waterfall. Now I’ve seen Niagara Falls now, so of course in comparison this is a baby waterfall, but what I love about seeing places like this is the history attached to it. Boy, I hope my high school history teacher doesn’t see how much I enjoy learning about history now. But if you had sent me on some trips when I was much younger, I might’ve cared a little more about memorizing dates. Right? Okay, stay in school kids and memorize your dates! One day, you’ll be like me — on the road and remembering that you learned about this stuff back then. And then, you’ll actually get how cool it really is.
Now to get to the park you have to go through the city of Paterson. At one point, we thought the GPS had lost its marbles and then just when we thought we’d hit yet another residential section, we turned a corner and there was the entrance to the park. We got another stamp!
On the way down, I also remembered that the famous Lou Costello was born in Paterson! Now, if you don’t know who Lou Costello is, I’m sorry. We can’t be friends anymore. Nah, I’m only kidding. But if you want to know who he is, he was one half of the comedic duo of Abbott & Costello and I was hoping they would have something related to Lou and his career. They did! That’s my next post and it absolutely made my day! In the meantime, you might know of Costello from one of his famous bits with Abbott called “Who’s On First.” (BTW, I have the T-shirt with the entire script on it and a HUGE coffee mug with it too.)