Jeff and I were driving around today and you can imagine my excitement when I spotted this sign:

I asked my husband to pull over, and I think I might have jumped out of the vehicle before it came to a complete stop.  Ailsa, at wheresmybackpack, had thrown down the gauntlet and challenged us with her new Travel Theme: Parks, and I was getting nowhere fast.  I had stopped at a few places in my travels, but I just wasn’t happy with any of the photos I took, or the places we visited.  I think Jeff was starting to wish he was back at work, because I’ve been dragging him around, looking for a park that struck my finicky fancy. Garfield has nothing on me.  Finicky was turning into fanatical.  But, then there it was.  Shark Park.

My first thought was, “This is the park I’ve been looking for.”  My second thought was, “The grand kids are going to LOVE this!”  And after climbing around a little (while Jeff was waiting in the car playing Sudoku – smart move, hon.”) my third thought was, “How do I get outta here!”

Well, next week, the kids will be up from Georgia and Shark Park is going to be the place to attack, Jack!

Maybe it’s the Peter Pan in me, but I can’t wait until they get here.

Thanks, Alisa.  If it wasn’t for your challenge, I don’t know if I would have ever found this Shark Park!



This challenge worried me because I don’t have access to a village.  Not in the form of a settlement or community of people, nor a fishing village, which I think either would have been so right for this post.  With a suggestion and a little help from a friend, I decided to go with a shopping village.  Maybe it’s a stretch, but, still, a nice place to visit.

Sign leading to the entrance of Smithville Village, NJ

Some of the shops in the village.  You’ll find clothes, food,

antiques, jewelry, candles, and tons more.

Just follow the quaint signs directing you to the various shops and restaurants.

No respectable village is without Ye Olde Tavern.  There’s even an area in the back of the Baremore that can be used for weddings or other blissful celebrations.

There are gardens and gardeners.

There are rides, then there are rides 🙂

If you’re looking for silly lawn ornaments…

Or decorative, glass candle holders…

Native American Jewelry…

Or just some wild and crazy conversation piece…

The VILLAGE GREEN AT SMITHVILLE is the place to be.

After all, a little wine and a lot of bear claw, well, no wonder there’s an Angel Oasis.  A little slice of heaven.

For a taste of more villages, stop by Jake‘s.  Also, check out his animations. His work is outstanding!  Click on his link or on the wonderful widget of the flying dragon on the right sidebar of my post.  Happy browsing…