New Jersey, North to South

We had an 86 mile trip ahead of us from Atlantic Highlands (northern Jersey) down the coast to Atlantic City, so we decided on a 2:30 am departure. Ugh. I’m not even sure that counts as an early morning start, more like a middle of the night start? With mugs of coffee in hand, we quietly lifted our anchor and headed north back towards the lights of New York City. We had to travel north to get out of the Sandy Hook region and then start south again down the Jersey coast.

The lights of lower Manhattan

The lights of lower Manhattan

On the 2013 sailboat trip, I photographed the many water towers that we could see on the shoreline, probably because they reminded me of a complex sample 8th grade SBAC math problem that involved a water tower (only my GPS math teacher friends will get that reference.) This time the gorgeous sunrise was far more interesting! Truthfully, I do think that sunrises may be more fascinating than sunsets.

Our sunrise sequence —

6:04 am

6:04 am. The glow was a delight to see! That very bright star high in the eastern night sky is Sirius.

More colors

6:22 am  More colors, with the reflection of  pink color on the water.

6:38 am. Sunrise was officially at 6:37 am.

6:38 am. Sunrise was officially at 6:37 am.

6:43 am

6:43 am

6:52 am

6:52 am

7:22 am The sun is up and shining. Although this view isn’t usually as colorful as the rising moments, I really like it’s shining sparkle, especially on the water.

7:22 am The sun is up and shining. This view isn’t as colorful as the rising moments, but I really like it’s shining sparkle, especially on the water.

Yes, we are tired, but it's still a really good day!

Yes, we are tired, but it’s still a really good day!

As a trawler, we could not have asked for a better day to make this run down the coast of New Jersey.  If we had sails I would have wished for a light wind so that we could sail. But calm and flat seas with only a touch of breeze made it an easy day for a trawler.

Very calm, very flat seas

Very calm, very flat seas

The captain takes a moment to enjoy a quiet time the bow.

The captain takes a moment to enjoy a quiet time the bow.

There is still a whole of snakin' going on! But this job is done now. :-)

There is still a “whole lot of snakin’ going on!” But this job is done now. 🙂

It was a quiet uneventful day except of the pods of dolphins we saw. Yeah!

Atlantic City is in sight!

Atlantic City is in view.  Whew, another long day is done – 12 hours again.

We anchored off to the side of the channel, south of the bridge which will be good for an early departure.

Atlantic City isn’t the thriving place it once was, but they keep the lights on at night.

AC reflections2

The night lights of Atlantic City.

AC reflections

It is the reflections in the water that makes it pretty.

One last look before we get some sleep - there's the crescent moon over the city lights.

One last look before we get some sleep – there’s the moon over the city lights.

Early to bed, early to rise. Right? We wanted to catch a decent current for leaving Atlantic City and for entering Cape May, so we left at 6:00 am.

Fishing dragger boat coming back in with a night catch.

Dragger boat coming back  with a night catch of fish.

As we turned southwest, we looked back and could see the sky brightening for another glorious sunrise.

As we turned, we looked back and could see the sky brightening for another glorious sunrise.

The sky is bright enough already to say good-bye to Atlantic City.

The sky is bright enough already to say good-bye to Atlantic City.

Another perfect day for traveling offshore. Somebody is watching over me and knows that this easy beginning will keep me calm and enthusiastic!

Another day of calm seas!

Another day of calm seas – I wonder how often it will be this easy?

A photo of our wake spreading out behind us. Not bad. We were only traveling at 6.5-7.5 knots so we aren't much faster than our sailboat was. Conserving fuel!

A photo of our wake spreading out behind us. Not bad. We were only traveling at 6.5-7.5 knots so we aren’t much faster than our sailboat was. Conserving fuel!

The calm waters made it easier to spot pods of dolphins, which we did. (No pictures because I was too absorbed in the watching.) Al was treated to a whale sighting!! He thought it was a boat that he had not noticed before but the large silhouette slowly sunk below the surface and then appeared again. A big water spout confirmed that it was indeed a whale!

As we neared the Cape May inlet, we spotted a whale watch boat with a whale under its bow!

As we neared the Cape May inlet, we spotted a whale watch boat with another whale under its bow.

For our first evening in Cape May, we dinghied into the inner harbor area for dinner.

The inner harbor winds around. Lots of houses and docks, and of course, lots of boats.

The inner harbor winds around. Lots of houses and docks, and of course, lots of boats.

We ate dinner at the Lobster House on the docks of the inner harbor, a belated birthday dinner continuing the celebration of September and me!

We ate dinner at the Lobster House on the docks, a belated birthday dinner for me, continuing the celebration of September and me! 🙂

We spent a nice day in Cape May two years ago by walking into the town to enjoy the quaint Victorian homes and the shops. Since we have our bicycles along this time, we decided Cape May would be a good place to give them a try – flat roads, no hills. It’s a really great idea to have bikes along on the trip, but it sure isn’t an easy task to get them to shore!

Step 1 - AL has to drop each bike over the side on a rope while I stand below to guide it not the dinghy. Step 2 - Going over the side. Step 3 - Both bikes and Al are in the dinghy. Captain Al points to my seat!

Step 1 – Al has to drop each bike over the side on a rope while I stand below to guide it into the dinghy.
Step 2 – Going over the side.
Step 3 – Both bikes and Al are in the dinghy. Captain Al points to my seat!

After leaving there dinghy at the dock near a little breakfast spot, we saw all these tiny cars. They must be having their monthly get-together. Cute ones! And look at that red VW karmann ghia!! Looks just like the one we had.

After leaving the dinghy at the dock near a little breakfast spot, we saw all these tiny cars. They must be having their monthly get-together. Cute ones! And look at that red VW karmann ghia!! Looks just like the one we once had.

With the bikes we are able to go farther and do things we had not done the first time. We took the road into town along the beachfront.

Large older homes and inns lined the beach front road.

Large older homes and inns lined the beach front road.

 

Too early in the morning, and a Friday in September, for many people to be at the beach.

Too early in the morning, and a Friday in September, for many people to be at the beach.

Cape May Lighthouse

Cape May Lighthouse

You are allowed to climb the 199 steps to the top. I made the choice that biking was enough for me for one day. Wish I were younger and more fit!

You are allowed to climb the 199 steps to the top. I made the choice that biking was enough for me for one day. Wish I were younger and more fit!  No Fresnel lens, just a spotlight.

Artists form a painting class were scattered around the grounds of the lighthouse, capturing different scenes in various mediums.

Artists form a painting class were scattered around the grounds of the lighthouse, capturing different scenes in various mediums.

I really wanted to recreate a childhood experience on this visit to Cape May. I remember  searching for “Cape May Diamonds” with my sister along the beach when my family would vacation at the “Jersey Shore.” Unsure of where the location was, I asked at the visitor center where I might find the Cape May Diamond beaches. We were directed to Sunset Beach, about a 1.5 mile ride more, where the “concrete ship” was. I did not remember any concrete ship, but off we went!

Sunset Beach is a touristy little spot. And there were the remnants of this old concrete ship, Atlantus. There is a website with information about “Death of a Concrete Ship” 

The Atlantus when it went aground in 1920. And now in 2015.

The Atlantus when it went aground in 1926.
And now in 2015. Not much left.

My annual September pedicure of Teal Toes stand out among the pebbles on Sunset Beach. In case you missed sit in previous years, September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and teal is the color – Take Early Action and Live. As a survivor, I can’t let the month go by without a reminder to everyone –   a link to NOCC (National Ovarian Cancer Coaltion)

My "teal Toes" and the pebbles on Sunset Beach at Cape May.

My “teal Toes” and the pebbles on Sunset Beach at Cape May.

Back to the diamonds!  These Cape May Diamonds are actually pieces of quartz washed down the Delaware River and Bay and worn smooth during the trip. Although we picked up a few pebbles, this location didn’t match my memory. I called my mother to ask about it because I certainly did not remember this famous concrete ship. My memory was right. As a child, we searched for the Cape May diamonds at the point near the edge of the town, not Sunset Beach.

Top picture is from Wikipedia. The bottom is our little cluster of what we think might be Cape May diamonds. I really am not sure!

Top picture is from Wikipedia. The bottom is our little cluster of what we think might be Cape May diamonds. I really am not sure!

Cutting Class arrived in Cape May that afternoon so we gathered together for our second dinner of the trip.

Al's "UberDink" picked up our dinner guests. I wonder if there is a multi-million dollar business in "UberDinks?"

Al’s “UberDink” picked up our dinner guests. I wonder if there is a multi-million dollar business in “UberDinks?”

The Captains confer over tomorrow's routes and timing for theatric up the Delaware Bay and River to Chesapeake City (for us.)

The Captains confer over tomorrow’s routes and timing for theatric up the Delaware Bay and River to Chesapeake City (for us.)

We say good night with a beautiful sunset.

We say good night with a beautiful sunset.

One thought on “New Jersey, North to South

  1. Great sunrise pics, and you sure did luck out on the trip to Cape May! Someone was definitely looking out for you. You should soon be in the Chesapeake Bay, our home “surf.” Interesting to hear about the sailboat/trawler differences. Thanks for sharing your journey. 😀

    Peggy

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