First Time in Cape May
Photos by Adam Kashlak
Cape May, NJ — Lots of folks come back to Cape May year after year. They have their favorite places to go and things to do.
But what about all of those newbies - here for the first time. People like Megan from western Canada who's never heard of the Washington Street Mall or Cove Beach.
What better way for a landlocked Canadian to start her brief weekend vacation than on the ocean. Since fair skinned Megan is not a sunbathing beach type, she donned hat and sweatshirt and jumped on a boat in search of whales and dolphins.
She was a tad disappointed that she didn't see any whales. Sorry Megan. But she was very excited to see so many dolphins in the wild. So much better than in the aquarium, eh?
From ship to shore - walking around Cape May's shopping area and historic district can make a girl tired. She got a water ice on the Washington Street Mall then took time to give her feet a break in Rotary Park.
Megan wanted to take a nice long walk on the beach, without dodging umbrellas and sunbathers. So she skipped the ocean beaches and headed for tranquil Higbee Beach along the Delaware Bay.
Time for another picture.
Hard to believe but Megan had never ever been on a boardwalk before. Had no idea what they were. On this trip she saw two.
One night she took a pocket full of quarters to Cape May's arcade on the promenade.
The Promenade was a warm up for the next night's boardwalk experience - in Wildwood. Megan and a friend spent hours trying out amusement rides,
eating funnel cake and fried bananas, and venturing into offbeat Wildwood boardwalk shops. Megan, you're definitely not in Canada anymore.
After all that funnel cake, it was time for some exercise.
The next morning Megan rode a bike all the way to Sunset Beach - and the World War Two Lookout Tower.
She climbed to the top. She thought that was cool. But what she loved the most was talking to the WW II veterans at the tower about their experiences in the war.
She got a special deal for admission to both the World War II Tower and the Cape May Lighthouse, so she headed over to Cape May Point State Park next and climbed all the way to the top of the lighthouse.
It was worth all those stairs. Loved those views.
Time was running out, but Megan squeezed in one last boat trip - on a friend of a friend's boat. How lucky can a girl get?
Good thing this Canadian in Cape May didn't want to sunbathe on the beach. There just wouldn't have been time.