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Log October 31, 2005 Offshore Atlantic City to Cape May, NJ
The jaunt down the coast
from Atlantic City to Cape May was enjoyable. While the weather was brisk
offshore, it was milder than it had been since before Wilma passed. The contrast
between the two ports could not have been greater. Atlantic City was a morgue,
with corpses propped up in front of slot machines. There wasn't even the tinkle
of coins, since all transactions take place on magnetic room key type cards.
The highlight of our
visit was a wonderful anniversary brunch overlooking Raven in the harbor,
with the Atlantic in the distance. That was truly memorable. But we could
have taken a pass on the rest of AC.
Cape May, in contrast,
is a real town. Many of the buildings are historic landmarks dating from the
mid 1800's. After a challenging entrance to Utschs Marina (translation: nearly
running aground) we went to the nearby Lobster
House for an early dinner.
Steve of Staten Island
the Fisherman's Platter, but ordered from the carryout window rather than
the restaurant. You get the same meal for one half the price. It was an easy
decision, since a fire had shut down the dining room at the restaurant and
we had only the carryout option. We sat at a sunny wharf side table next to
foot schooner and consumed fresh oysters, lobster,
shrimp, scallops and beer at bargain prices.
After dinner, we walked
several miles into the heart of the old town. In high season, Cape May would
be a crowded tourist center. But at the end of October, it was quite pleasant.
Our primary destination was The Magic Brain Coffee Shop and wifi access point.
However, it closed minutes before our arrival. Luckily, the nearby Congress
Hall hotel and restaurant/saloon afforded us an internet connection. It was
nice to sit in front of the grand wood burning fireplace and connect with
friends and family. Congress Hall reminded us of a smaller version of the
Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, with it's Doric columns and rows of rocking
chairs overlooking the water (here the Atlantic).
We decided to stay and
extra day and further explore this unique town. We have not had the chance
to wander and research old towns since the headwaters of the Hudson and we
miss that. Tomorrow, we will leave at very first light for the trip up Delaware
Bay. Since our mast is just a few feet too high to pass under the bridge,
we cannot use the Cape May Canal and must return out the main channel into
the Atlantic and around the cape. This adds many miles and a couple of hours
to the trip and we need an early start to reach the C&D canal before dark
in the short daylight of November.