Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Cape May & Wildwood, New Jersey

When I was a teen I used to hate to go to Cape May. So boring! All those old houses with funny colors of paint and all those curly-cue decorations! I wanted to go to Wildwood! Splashy boardwalk! Roller coasters! T-shirt shops! Lots of girls! But we would go as a family to visit friends in Cape May and only when my friends and I got our licenses to drive did we get to go to Wildwood whenever we wanted.

Oh, how a half a century can change one's perspective! Now I love those Victorian homes in Cape May! All those wonderful streets lined with classy shops and restaurants. The pedestrian malls in downtown. And Wildwood seems so tacky! Did I ever love it? Well I'm sure my grandchildren would rather come to Wildwood than to Cape May. Lucky for us that we stayed at the Seashore Campsite near Cape May but a short drive to Wildwood as well. We got to visit both.

We took a ferry from Lewes, Delaware to Cape May.
Cuts out about 60 miles and the fare ($80 for Diva and the two of us)
was not much more than the extra fuel and tolls.

Bella, a Golden-Doodle, sits at the bar while waiting for the ferry. She liked Bud Light.

Diva was 3rd in line to get on the ferry.Also the 3rd to get off.

Diva from above. The ferry could hold 100 cars.

A German Sheppard guards the entrance to the ferry.
I don't know if he was sniffing for drugs, weapons, dead bodies?
Lucky we didn't have any of those on Diva.

Debbie and I on the deck

Purple Martin houses at the Cape May Lighthouse park.

One of the grand hotels in Cape May.

This dog drew large crowds while parading up and down the main drag.

The Wildwood Boardwalk has not changed a bit since I was a teen

James Gandolfini had died about 24 hours before this t-shirt was for sale.
Amazing that they were able to get the rights to use his image that fast!
Well, we had a great time in Cape May. We were almost able to catch up with Anna Sullivan but she was getting to Cape May 4 days after we were leaving. The Seashore Campsites park was very nice and convenient.  A short 4 mile bike ride into Cape May. Cape May is up there with Hilton Head Island as one of the great American Beaches.

Ciao, Frank

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