July 18, 2009... Cape May, NJ

Yay! A sunny day! Woke up to find that the full anchorage (maybe 10 boats) was nearly empty, and the remaining boats left early. Apparently we were the only ones planning to spend the day in town and stay another night. Coming from Annapolis, a town that caters to sailboats, we were surprised to find a completely different character in Cape May. This town is for fishermen, plain and simple. Not cruisers, not sailboat racers, fishermen. So the parade of boats leaving the harbor starts very early in the morning and continues the whole day. And of course it reverses itself in the evening. We had a front row seat to the activity (and the wakes!)

Having no information about the town, we weren’t sure where to dinghy to get there. Asking some local folks on their boats moored in the harbor, we learned that there is no public dinghy dock here and the city didn’t think it was an important amenity to provide. Not very friendly for the cruisers coming through the ICW or those like us that happened to come here. However, we did find that Utsch’s Marina would let us tie up under the ramp to their fuel dock. So we started walking to town - about a 2 mile hike. We passed all the beautiful Victorian gingerbread houses and found the pedestrian mall. Perfect weather and happy to have a chance to stretch our legs, we continued on to the promenade on the beach and walked up and down looking over the sea of people, colorful umbrellas, and a CALM sea (wish we had that yesterday.) Then, back through town and an early dinner at The Lobster House, a Cape May institution since the 1920s. Retrieved our boat at Utsch’s and back to Anhinga. A terrific day!

Cape May NJ - 38d57'N 74d53'W

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