New Adventure: seeing the sunrise somewhere I never have before
Went to Atlantic City to see the first sunrise over the Atlantic of 2014. It was a pretty crazy night… We made it there on New Year’s Eve in record time, because I was driving and we had the last reservation at The Rainforest Cafe. If you know me, you know there was no way I was missing that.
We had a quiet (for being in a jungle, I’m assuming) dinner at Rainforest Cafe and drinks at The Caesar Pier restaurants (no cover!). My drink had red licorice at the bottom and I got excited… I’m a sucker for a gimmick.
We decided to play some slots at the Caesar’s Casino and experienced some prime people watching, which Mona loved. Then, we tried to find a place to rest until morning, because the room rate was $799. If I have an internal debate over paying $4 for the crappy muffins in your “Italian Cafe,” there’s no way you’re getting $799 out of me.
While getting a late-night snack, Mona and I encountered the funniest, most offense group of guys. I don’t get offended easily, so if I think it was offensive, I think it’s safe to say it was pretty bad. I won’t repeat anything they said, but one of them said something that literally made me do a spit-take all over his friend. Mona was not amused as I was. I found it hilarious for the most part, especially since it was after 3 AM and I had already changed into a sweatshirt, yoga pants, and f’Uggs. And, if you know me, you know those boots make me so hot, temperature-wise that is.
While wandering around at 6 AM, we discovered the awesomeness that is the Bally’s Wild West Casino. It’s a caricature of the Wild West in the cheesiest, most amazing fashion.
I didn’t get a wink of sleep, but Ellen managed to get 5 and a half hours in the freezing car, and Mona snoozed for like 30 minutes, before we got chased off by someone who had told us we weren’t supposed to be there.
After what felt like the longest (but also awesome) night ever, we went out to the beach to catch the 7:18 AM sunrise on 1/1/2014 and it was beautiful. I tried to ignore the fact that there was part of dead octopus on the beach and that I was in New Jersey (jk!). I’m glad I got to spend it with two of my besties (though I missed Andrea, who’s livin’ it up in Bolivia right now – so there was no fangirling).
I wish you all the best 2014 possible!
If you just can’t get enough, you can read more about it on my last post: https://themagzee.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/nj-falls-into-the-atlantic/