Cape May, NJ
My parents and I took off on another
bus trip together. This time to Atlantic City and Cape May, NJ. Although I
have lived and traveled extensively up and down the East Coast all my life I
have never visited the Jersey Shore. My parents had been to Atlantic City
before but not Cape May or Wildwood, our central location for the trip.
Our hotel was typical of those found in
coastal towns all up and down the eastern shore. One block over was the
Wildwood boardwalk. It reminded me of what Myrtle Beach, SC looked like 30
years ago. Rows of t-shirt stores, pizza parlors, and arcades. During our
free time one afternoon I walked the boardwalk from one end to the other. As
you can see it was not very crowded being a fall weekday.
One of our places to visit was the historic village of Smithville.
This is a shot of one of the little greenway areas around the village. After
we spent our morning walking around the shops we boarded the bus to our next
destination, the Renault Winery.
This is the entrance into the winery. The building inside reminded me
somewhat of a mission or church type building. We had a wonderful lunch of
penne pasta, meatballs, chicken, salad, bread, and all the wine we wanted to
taste. They had six or eight of their 23 brands available.
We left the winery at 2:20 for our next
destination, Atlantic City. My folks had been here a couple of years ago on
another bus trip and stayed at Balleys in Atlantic City. Our tour was booked
to go to Trumps Taj Mahal casino at the other end of the boardwalk. Upon
arriving each person received two coupons, one $5 for gambling and one for a
buffet meal upstairs on the second floor of the casino. The bus would return
to pick us up at 8:45.
Mom and dad wanted to show me the other casino
plus I wanted to walk along this rather famous boardwalk. We decided to do
this first. Along the way we stopped at the Korean War Memorial. I took the picture
of this beautiful square and hotel looking across the street from the
memorial. The last picture is of one of the steel piers located at either
end of the boardwalk.
We returned back to the Taj
Mahal to eat dinner and then play the slots. I had taken a roll of quarters
as my gambling money. I have been in a casino in my life until this trip. It
was very fascinating to say the least. We play our money in hand, mom and
dad gave me a roll of quarters in addition to mine plus theirs until we ran
out of money, about 7:30. It was a lot of fun to have all those
quarters come pouring back out of the machine. I never did strike it rich
but I had a good time.
The next morning we drove over to Cape
May for our morning boat ride to see porpoises. I have a picture of our boat
and one similar to it we passed out on the water. We left the inlet around
Cape May and headed out into the Atlantic Ocean to go around the very tip of
We did many school of porpoises, who make
this area of the ocean their home during the warmer season. They leave in
late fall to migrate down to the coast of NC. It was fun to watch them dive
and swim along with the boat.
After we had plenty of time to get
pictures and watch them play we continued our sail on around the island and
the light house. It is still in use today. We did not get to actually go to
the lighthouse but I did get some pictures.
Located just off the end of the island is
the remains of the SS
Atlantus, shipwrecked in 1926. Time and storms eventually broke it apart
leaving this rusted shell as a reminder. Once we rounded the shipwreck we
entered another very beautiful inlet, the third picture, to take us back to
The boat ride took about two hours. We
boarded the bus a little after 12 noon to take us on into the town of Cape
May. We found very nice restaurant to have lunch and then walked along
the several blocks of shops. The streets are closed off giving visitors
amble room and safety to stroll along. We did not really have enough time to
see everything at Cape May including the very fine Victorian homes. The
walkway where the shops are located was so tree and people lined I really
could not get good pictures. We were due back on the bus at 3:15 for our
ride back to the motel.
That evening we had a very nice dinner and show at the nearby hotel where we
had been having all our meals. I have one picture of our table singing along
with one of the songs. You can see the performer in the background.
We had a great trip. When we left home on
Monday, September 15th, Hurricane Isabel was spinning out in the Atlantic
Ocean and heading for the NC coast. We were not sure if this would interfere
with our trip or not. As you can see from the pictures, we had two very
beautiful days of weather. Our ride home on Thursday was right into the
teeth of Isabel as she came up the coast of NC and into VA, Maryland, and
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Updated Sunday, September 21, 2003