There isn’t a kid on the planet who will ever say no to the question “do you want to go to the arcade”? And how lucky are we to have a place like Jenkinson’s in our backyard to take advantage of even in the depths of winter with a snowstorm looming.

We had a chance to take our grandson Jonathan to the arcade last week after his Pre-K day, and of course, he was over the moon at the mid-week surprise.

And when we couldn’t peel him away from a video game to head to the Sweet Shop to get some treats, I figured I better do it myself before the shop closed for the night.

I left the arcade and started the quick walk across the boardwalk, and suddenly I just stopped. It was twilight and I was the only person on the boardwalk.

We’ve all been there on a hot summer day when people are shoulder to shoulder across that boardwalk, and the only things you can hear above the laughter and the dull roar of happy chatter are the music and the roaring of the rides and the spinning of the games. It’s a glorious sound that all of our childhoods are built around.

But a few nights ago there was no roar of the rides or laughter amid the crowds. There was just a winter evening sky, the gentle lights of closed for the season businesses, and the activities of the two open attractions I was walking between, and it was a moment of peaceful beauty.

It’s amazing how many different kinds of happiness a place like Jenks can bring us. And it’s another reason why my love affair with the Jersey Shore keeps growing.

I thought I’d try to capture the moment for you with some photos. I hope I succeeded to some degree. Enjoy.

Beautiful Jersey Shore Sights - Jenkinson's In The Winter Twilight

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