"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

September 8, 2012

Sept. 7 - Cape May, NJ

Long Day in the Ocean
Utsch's Marina

We left our anchorage at 5:58 this morning...sunrise was at 6:32. We had over a hundred miles to cover to make it to the inlet at Cape May, where we will take the ICW to the Delaware Bay. Today would be the last good day to travel in the ocean until the middle of next week, so wanted to make sure this passage was behind us today.

I got my sea legs back today. I don't know why it's called sea legs...my legs did fine yesterday; it was my stomach that didn't like the trip. The conditions were better today, small waves with smaller swells spaced further about. Cruising in rivers and canals can spoil a person...no waves, no tides, no currents, no salt spray and no worries about the wind.

Humidity, salt spray and warmer weather...hum it doesn't feel quite as good being back to the coast as I thought it might, but it does make me feel like we're home...all the familiar sights we have at home. I saw dolphins, shrimp boats and even a pelican today.

After getting settled in our slip we cleaned up and went to dinner at the Lobster House. It was wonderful to sit on the deck and enjoy the music, beer and great seafood. Now we remember why we like the coast.

Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean
Barnegat Lighthouse 


  1. You guys are moving pretty fast!

    Stan- I always thought I'd be cruising on a sailboat too, but here I'm sitting in a trawler. It's not too bad, actually. More comfortable than a sailboat.

  2. We feel like we've run a marathon the last five days...a marathon each day to be exact! Time to relax and slow down now. We've followed your blog too. We're heading south somewhere the beginning of October...Charleston or maybe Jacksonville.