As parents boarded the A.J. Meerwald in Barnegat Light last week, they hugged kids they had not seen in four days.
They journey offshore to the deep blue waters, they pull up to wrecks and reefs inshore, they drift along the beachfront and in the inlets and they fit into the shallow “skinny” waters of the back bays.
BACKGROUND: Visit this unspoiled section of southern New Jersey for hiking or just a day away from the crowds. The refuge, which is actually a collection of several sites along the southern New Jersey coast, is open only during daylight hours .