Cape May, NJ – September 18-19, 2012

On Tuesday, we rode out the 35mph winds and tornado warnings on Rode Trip. Aside from the wind, It was sunny and warm all day. We had to re-anchor twice; once at mid-day because Brian didn’t account for the tide when he initially anchored and we dragged without enough scope, and a second time at 3:00am when the anchor was not dragging but the wind shifted a complete 180-degrees and we were being pushed back toward the 4 foot shoreline.

What does one do on his/her fourth day aboard a boat? Well, for starters some pre-planning. We read through our newest addition to the navigation library, Dozier’s Waterway Guide to the Chesapeake Bay and checked the weather to determine our best window for heading up the Delaware Bay. We looked for entertaining stopping points once through the C&D Canal, and we priced mooring fees for our stay in Annapolis, MD during Jake & Katie’s wedding. Then came fishing…and eventually dinner, movie, oh and closely monitoring the radar and anchor alarm.

On Wednesday, we were itching to get ashore. We kayaked into Utsch’s Marina; when we asked if they had a dinghy dock (according to the guide book the only Cape May marina that does have a complimentary dinghy dock) they looked at us like we had three heads and then told us we could tie up our kayaks under the dock’s ramp. Hm, is “dinghy dock” not the correct lingo for NJ? Maybe we confused them riding in kayaks and asking about dinghies? At any rate, the kayaks were secure for the day and we set out for a walk around town. It was a warm day, in the 70’s, and I was of course wearing pants. I was startled to see the leaves changing! I turned myself around and told Brian we had to get back to the boat and keep moving before fall catches up with us!

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I was also startled to see this sign…seriously!?! I mean the next thing we’ll see is “Warning: Tree Branches Extend Over Roadway and Leaves and/or Twigs May Fall at Any Time”

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We browsed shops and admired the Victorian era homes. We especially enjoyed the Cape May Olive Oil Company. In this shop, Terri welcomed us and assisted us while we tasted everything imaginable! We sampled flavored olive oils, flavored balsamic vinegars, flavored honey, spreads, jellies, salts, and sauces. Everything we sampled was delicious. Brian even braved the Ghost Pepper Salt; his mouth is still on fire!

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Wednesday evening we splurged for a wonderful treat, Elaine’s Dinner Theatre. Elaine’s is a beautiful Victorian Inn that hosts breakfasts on the veranda, dinner theatre, and a haunted mansion. Our experience at Elaine’s was simply wonderful. We were seated with an exuberant group of retirees who were vacationing on the Cape and have enjoyed Elaine’s for years. We introduced ourselves and easily got to chatting with Fran, Al, Marion, and Charlie. They were very kind to give to us Gold Coupons; activity passes from their hotel package. They shared their reviews of the offered activities and told us to enjoy as they had done it all before. Our meal was fabulous. Brian enjoyed catfish topped with lobster pieces and I enjoyed salmon topped with a crab cake. Now for the show, Sixteen Candelabras. HILARIOUS! A group of 80’s teens trying to find their place in the high school social scene stumble across an interesting proposition from a vampire. I’m quite certain that Brian and I were the minority in the room who knew all the 80’s references and jokes as the audience had years ago surpassed 30. The show was filled with energy, comedy, and…oh no not another musical number!

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