May 1-5 Cape May, NJ

Trip Start Mar 02, 2008
Trip End Dec 03, 2008

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Monday, May 5, 2008

As I headed towards Cape May on the Atlantic City Expressway, I felt my trip would be incomplete without at least seeing Atlantic City.    I made the detour and drove the city.  It was one of those times when driving through was enough, I couldn't bring myself to stop and get out of the car.   The disappointing thing is that all of the Casino's and attractions are built directly on the ocean and so you can't see the view without stopping.  You really can't park anywhere unless it's valet.   I settled for taking a picture of Trump's and Caesar's Plaza.    There is also plenty of outlet shopping but seeing as how I'm living out of my trunk, shopping wasn't a good option.  

I left there and found my way on down to the famous Exit 0 and Cape May where the streets are lined with Victorian gingerbread houses.   This stop was to see another coaching friend who had made her dream come true of living on the coast.   Jan was a wise woman for me to spend time with and I felt much more settled and clearer on my plans when I left her house.  Over the visit, my colleague and acquaintance became my friend.  In addition to being a great listener, Jan is a wonderful storyteller. Jan and I chatted into the wee hours.   Both being night owls, it was always after midnight before we wound down.  Jan shares her home with 2 long hair cats and more stuffed animals than I can count.   I got real tickled as I tried to learn and remember all of their names.   

In addition to seeing the ferry and lighthouse and sunsets, we spent an afternoon on a boat watching dolphins and hoping to spot a whale.    There was a little boy on the boat who I took to and shared my binoculars with... what a little charmer he was.   Looking at the other passengers, there were several of the men turned green with their heads down in their hands.   They were mighty glad to see land again.    The dolphins entertained us with leaps and dives and I wished for a continuous shot camera as I kept missing them in the air.  

For training walks, I found my way over to Wildwood to America's Boardwalk.   There was a drumline competition and I would have loved tickets to a single event and could not score them.    I was content driving around town as each of the bands used the parking lot of their hotels to practice.   There were some very talented young people there.   My sister loves bands and I wished she was with me to see them.
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