ATLANTIC CITY to
Had a beautiful ocean cruise…calmest yet. I even took the helm for 45 minutes while Ted ‘napped’ (with one eye open).
Cousins Jim and Carol Dooling came to the marina from Fairhaven NJ. Daughter Katie also came and we all went to dinner at the “Sand Bar”. Always great visits with Jim & Carol…dinner was wonderful and the company better. Katie brought us CDs and groceries – and as always, provided us a good dose of laughter.
- CAPE MAY TO
So glad the first ocean leg is over. With a good forecast Ted decided to go ‘outside’ (ocean route). Margie Williams did not let me forget that there are whales and sharks in the ocean…to which husband Tim replied “Now you’re part of the food chain”. Such a nice bunch of warm fuzzies. But it was a relatively good trip….though there were some big rollers but I think that is usual.
CHART HOUSE VIEW
OF “SP” & “BOARDWALK”
The marina and facilities are among the nicest we’ve seen. The “Boardwalk” was on our starboard bow and its owner owns all the “Chart House” restaurants. It was our neighbor in Fort Lauderdale, docking at the Chart House there. We helped him afford his boat by eating at the Chart House here this evening, then visited the Golden Nugget Casino where we helped them stay ‘afloat’.. I have a ‘system’. The ‘system’ did not quite work. OK, it didn’t work at all. However, I found a slot machine that gave me 1 ½ hours of fun for $5. Oh, and we found out you’re not allowed to take pictures in a casino. Who knew?
Looks like a ‘good’ (?) day to be back on the ocean…to northern New Jersey.
DELAWARE CITY DE to
CAPE MAY NJ
In terms of electronics it was a bad day yesterday. After a beautiful 5 hour cruise on Delaware Bay, we hunkered down at Utsch’s. Very nice marina but the wi-fi doesn’t reach our boat, we don’t have an antenna to help it reach and Ted’s tablet crashed. I will try and convey the gravity of this crash…the tablet is Ted’s natural ‘child’. It runs a close 2nd to the boat (not even telling where I am in the running). Not a fun afternoon or evening on Simple Pleasures since he spent 8 hours on the phone trying to recover his ‘stuff’ and then couldn’t sleep. He did get the tablet restored and reloaded but lost some data.
AFT VIEW AT
TRYING TO RECOVER
On the way to the bathhouse this morning at 8:00 I heard a band playing the Star Spangled Banner. It rang all over the marina and, I assume, Cape May since it was that loud. What an incredible feeling. I asked a gentleman where it was coming from. He said the Coast Guard Station. I think every town in America should have a loud band that plays the SPB every morning….just an incredible way to ‘wake up’. Visited the hair salon and met Gay. She and husband Bob are on Echo….adorable 27’ powerboat. They are from California and sailed around the world for 5 years.
CAPE MAY SIGN
TIM & MARGIE
We couldn’t leave today because the wind is up…and it is time to travel to Atlantic City. So this evening we went back to the infamous Lobster House with Tim and Margie Williams (boat: Gone To Far). If you recall, we went to the Lobster House with them in November as we passed through. The Lobster Bisque is the best ever but so filling I had to bring my dinner home. Lots of fun ‘boat chatter’. T&M head out to the ocean tomorrow (we followed him in the Fall and that’s when Betty developed “ocean-fear”). We MAY go if the winds aren’t too bad (not sure when that would be…if ever!). Ted’s also considering going on the ‘inside’ rather than just stay here and wait.
ROUTE FROM KENT ISLAND
TO DELWARE CITY
This morning at 5:30 I was awakened by himself….”ready to cruise”. There is only one 5:30 in my day and this wasn’t it. However, being the martyr I am, I got up and ready….to avoid ‘rough waters’ which was the reasoning for this ungodly hour. Didn’t happen. The wind was howling around the bridge. About an hour out, the Chesapeake proved rough, evidenced by books, magazines and stuff flying around below – and the couch moving out about 8” from the wall. I don’t mind bow or stern waves if not overpowering, but I hate waves on the beam. Although Ted insists we are not going to tip over (due to so much ballast below – and he is the KING of ballast in the engine room), being up high on the bridge and tipping at least 35 degrees is not reassuring. Once off the Chesapeake the water calmed and the cruise up the C & D (Chesapeake & Delaware) Canal was very smooth.
BLOGGING AT THE
71 miles after we began, we were in Delaware City. Took a walk into town and ate a late lunch at Crabby Dick’s. Had our first crab balls and loved them. Had to buy a box to go.
Next stop is Cape May NJ. Then we wait for calm ocean (is there such a thing?) for cruise to Atlantic City…not anticipating this part of the trip. Verizon tells us our Wi-Fi has about reached its limit. Marina Wi-Fis are difficult to find so unless we do, we will have to limit our posts until the 20th.
- ROUTE FROM ST. MICHAELS
TO KENT ISLAND (CASTLE HARBOR)
The forecast was 10-15 knt winds but when we were on the Chester River (on our way to Chesapeake City) the winds and current were pretty rough. I’ve seen Ted in more turbulent water but not so agitated. After 2 ½ hours, 23 miles and having to wait for the Kent Narrows bridge to open, he said that was enough…we were turning in. We called the last marina before getting back on the Chesapeake and they had room for us. Very nice marina and even they said this wind had not been forecast.
CURRENT IN AND
OUT OF BREAKWALL
We walked up to the restaurant next to the marina. There was an ‘automatic’ gate between the marina and restaurant and we were given a card to open the gate. Came out of the restaurant and tried to open the gate with the card. Didn’t work. Ended up finding a place where we could climb over a fence – more of a wooden stile. Nice to know I can still climb over a fence if in need of a quick getaway.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY tomorrow to all the wonderful moms and grandmothers who nurture, care for, love, sacrifice, worry about, grieve for, educate and ‘do’ for children.
We have good friends who lovingly devote themselves to the care of 2 children (who have out-of-town grandparents) by babysitting, celebrating their birthdays, going to school plays and events, transporting them to and from activities, caring for them when they’re sick, hosting sleepovers, teaching them to cook, craft, fish, build things and even take them on vacation. They are rewarded with the honored monikers of Nana and Pop-Pop (aka Helen & Fred Liddle) – dearly loved and valued grandparents.
Ted and I honor and miss our Moms – Judy Williams Stark (dec. 9 ½ yrs) and Arlene Dooling Murphy (dec. 33 yrs).
ROUTE FROM OXFORD
TO ST. MICHAEL’S
Rain and sun all day…it’s like being in Syracuse! Did a little pampering at the Serendipity, got the mail, went to the Farmer’s market, had lunch at the Crab Claw, then had to take advantage of the Boutiques. We walked to town 3 times (OK, that would be only 2 blocks up from the marina). Now that I think of it, maybe I would be a little shop-deprived in Oxford. The big topic at the Serendipity was the huge storm last night….with the giant crash of thunder at 2:32 am (Meghan the nail lady looked at her clock). It was also the big topic in the shops. Ted and I….heard nothing (and I claim to be a ‘light sleeper’).
SHIP COMING IN
WENCH GOING OUT
AT THE ACME
LOOK WHO’S DRIVING
By the way…Ted received his boat magazine in the mail today…”Passage Maker”. Check out the cover story on the right top corner. That’s not us………yet.
The boat was pulled at Oxford and the propellers changed. The Marina people at Hinckley could not have been nicer. And I forgot to mention yesterday that I have never heard so many birds all afternoon and into the evening. It doesn’t seem we get the bird-serenading at home like there is here. And…the Church bells (perhaps a carillon) played the most beautiful songs.
WOW! LOOK WHAT
A CLEANING CAN DO
As we entered Higgins Yacht Yard in St. Michael’s today we were again greeted by church bells, birds and Tim & Margie Williams (boat: Gone To Far). We met Tim & Margie in November on our way south and had dinner with them in Cape May. They’ve been tracking the blog and surprised us. They’re in the marina next door and saw us come in.
Took a walk into town for our mail delivery…which didn’t arrive…and found all kinds of neat shops and “Jojo’s Cupcakes and Cream” so we had to stop and get an ice-cream fix! Much of the Oxford feeling but a little bigger…and it does have shops. Hopefully I’ll get to go shopping tomorrow – if Ted wants to boat-tinker. I mean…I’ll go get the mail.
Hot day…but we’re expecting a thunderstorm tonight.
Another beautiful cruising day. Traveled 79 miles.
As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder…and I think it is beautiful here. One of the advertised lures of Oxford is “no condos”. And there aren’t. Once docked and hooked up, we took a walk. Neither words or pictures seem to convey the ‘feeling’ of Oxford. Think picket fence. And although I want to use the word “charming” it is not at all like the other “charming” places I’ve noted in the past. It is ordinary….with more picket fences than not. And ordinary old homes….and although old, not a lot of registry or landmark plaque hoopla. This little unpretentious town…with little or no shops and a small ‘mom and pop’ grocery store, tugs at me. Just a small waterfront American town.
“MISERY LOVES COMPANY”
After our walk we went to the local restaurant, Schooners. Ted likes to eat out a lot…although we have a refrig full of food. I don’t think he likes my cooking (thank God!)