Atlantic City and the 'Joursey' shore tip the scale however, and I throw the ball towards the Atlantic ocean for Kitt to fetch.
I check www.plugshare.com to see which hotels have EV hook ups and I'm surprised to find out how reasonable the room rates are. It hardly makes sense for me to camp, as the savings would buy only a milk bone or two.
It's obvious right away that this area has been hit hard financially. When I pull into the parking garage I am one of only two cars on the entire level.
The next morning, a beautiful day beckons me to the boardwalk. I leash up my camera and ready myself for the 4+ mile dog run. The boardwalk, purported to be the world's first, is constructed out of thousands of 2 x 4's laid in a herringbone pattern and replaced every 12 years due to foot traffic.
There are reminders up and down the boardwalk, empty store fronts and signs like these, that reveal just how hard this town has been hit...
but even a pooch can have a shiny coat. Cookie anyone?