Thursday, July 14, 2016

Two if by sea...

Our next stop on our eastern seaboard journey after Annapolis was to be Cape May. Rather than travelling around the Delmarva peninsula we decided to take the ferry from Lewes to Cape May. We arrived with a half hour to spare before the next sailing and we hadn't eaten. So we grabbed burgers at the restaurant at the ferry terminal, On the Rocks Bar & Grille. It was surprisingly good and the waitress had a wicked sense of humour. She got us out in plenty of time to catch the ferry.

The ride was surprisingly pleasant. There was an osprey nesting right next to the ferry and she was shading her three chicks from the hot sun. As we pulled out, harbour porpoises were feeding on schools of fish. The bunker were shimmering in massive quantities the farther out we went. The water was very clean and clear. The bottlenose dolphins appeared on the other side of the breakwater and reappeared periodically as we sailed across.

Puffy white clouds set off the blue sky and blue waters of the Delaware Bay, which in my childhood was so polluted you wouldn't have seen any wildlife alive. Only dead birds and fish floating. What a change. We had a lovely time talking to a woman from Maryland who had a holiday home in Cape May.  We reminisced about the old days quite a lot.

In Cape May, we checked into the Southern Mansion old Victorian B&B.  We had a nice room and the grounds were stunning. Manicured gardens, rocking chairs on the porch, benches in the shade. Lovely. And they had gourmet breakfasts so the feasting continued. They also put out iced tea, lemonade and water daily for the guests to refresh themselves. Very nice. And we did not encounter any ghosts.

We had dinner on my birthday at the Oyster Bay and it was nice, but rather empty. I had the surf and turf and although the steak was perfect, the lobster was overcooked as was Alex's. Bummer. The Lobster House, our traditional stop, may have  done us better.

The next morning we went to the beach ($6 pp for a day tag) and swam in the refreshing water. Alex went for a walk while I soaked up a little sun on the hot white sand. We visited the town centre and walked all over.  We also had doctor's check ups for our USCG license renewals and were supposed to do drug tests but there's a new procedure no one mentions anywhere that you have to have a special NCR form in advance from the authorized body to get it done. Crazy.

Then we drove out to the Cape May Winery which was very interesting. Their vines are trained much taller than ours. Dinner in Wildwood of all places at Duffinetti's where we got our veal fix: Veal Milanese for me and veal chop for Alex. First rate!

It was lovely but two days is about it at the Jersey shore. Next up was Philadelphia.

My birthday feast

Happy birthday to me!

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