DON’T WAKE ME IF I’M DREAMING

While there is a certain amount of disappointment when each section of the loop ends, there is excitement of what lies ahead. I was sad to say goodbye to the Chesapeake Bay…we had such an amazing time, but I was giddy with child-like enthusiasm as we were about to say hello to the Jersey Shore. Being a Jersey girl, I was home!

From Baltimore, we cruised to Chesapeake City which set us up to transit the Chesapeake-Delaware Canal, to the Delaware River then the Bay, eventually making our way into Cape May. We’ve heard some stories about that portion of the Loop being tricky. Another place where current and wind dictates the comfort of your ride. Fortunately for us, it was UNeventful. Our weather was perfect and we had a great push from the current behind us. The only traffic on the C&D Canal was floating debris and just a few freighters on the Bay.

Giving these guys the WHOLE channel…

This guy was wayyyyyy too lazy to flap his wings so he hitched a ride with Rob. He actually travelled with us for miles!!

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Laziest dragonfly ever!

Our original plan was to spend 2 nights in Cape May, but Mother Nature had different plans. It turned out to be 4 nights.

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The gorgeous sunsets never get old!

What does a Jersey girl do when stuck in Jersey?? Can you say helloooo boardwalk! Eek! Since moving to the West Coast and living in San Diego for 20 years, its been a long, long time since I’ve enjoyed one of my favorite pastimes…”going down the shore.”

We met two other Looper couples and shared a Lyft to Wildwood. It’s always fun watching others experience the boardwalk for the first time. Nothing will ever compare to your first…visit that is!

We walked the boardwalk end to end.

Indulged in all the amazing crappy boardwalk food.

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Cheesesteak and sausage sandwich for the win!

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Grab A Wiener…only in New Jersey!

And walked the beach.

The day was absolute perfection!

There was definitely plenty to do while on weather watch. Cape May is super charming. It is America’s oldest seaside resort at the southern tip of the State. It’s known for its grand Victorian houses, shops and restaurants and some really spectacular views.

Saw this gem while strolling the streets of Cape May.

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Who doesn’t need a unicorn bike!

We finally got our weather window, and high tailed it 38 miles to Atlantic City.

Even better than the Jersey Shore was seeing the bestie! Angel and I have been sisters for over 40 years! She lives in New Jersey and the timing couldn’t be better.  Her and her husband, Ray were down the shore. Had some drinks onboard and then hit the Golden Nugget Casino for dinner and gambling. No big winners among us, but we had a blast!

Love these guys to death!

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Killed it in the casino!

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I want my money back!

Fortunately, the weather held and 112 miles later we were in New York! The Big Apple! Seeing the Statute of Liberty from my own boat was incredibly emotional! Who in a million years would’ve thought that I’d be cruising by Lady Liberty IN MY OWN BOAT! I sang New York, New York the whole time!

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We must have circled around the Bay for 20 minutes, just staring at her presence, her beauty, her symbolism. I cried. I’m grateful for my amazing life and grateful to be an American.

The *new* New York skyline. The One World Tower is the tallest building in the United States and the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. It is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex. It is huge, 1776 feet tall, and it is beautiful!

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We immediately went to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. It was something we both were eager to visit. I took only one picture at the memorial and spent the next 2.5 hours immersed in the museum tour and the surrounding area.

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Memorial North Pool.

It is impossible for me to put into words the feelings I had while walking through the exhibits. I was flooded with flashbacks of that day. The experience was somber but beautiful. Enormous but intimate. And showed that love is always stronger than hate! It was very humbling to see the exhibits with personal belongings and stories of survival and memories. It was a beautiful tribute to the men, women and children who lost their lives on 9/11.

So hard to believe, but Rob has never been to New York City. This man has been to China, Poland, Jerusalem and everywhere in between, but never to the concrete jungle! We had two days to fit it all in.

After 43,800 steps and 20 miles we…

Walked across the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Magets??? I opted for the $2 Magnet…lol!

Ate deli at Katz’s Delicatessen and Pastrami Queen.

Drank at McSorley’s Old Ale House, the oldest Irish tavern in New York City.

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You still with me?!?! Good, cause Times Square here we come!

The city that never, ever, ever sleeps! What a blast we had. Rob was definitely overwhelmed. Me? I was soaking in the smell, the sights, the sounds and the energy! I needed this! After some of the sleepy, sleepy towns we’ve visited, I felt alive again!

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Oh New York City, you’ve outdone yourself now! Buddy, the Cake Boss is here?!?! Buddy, you had me at chocolate!

By the way, that was just day one!! We arrived back at the boat at 2:00am completely exhausted. That night Rob couldn’t stop talking about how crowded the City is.  I dreamt I was a Rockette!

Day two in the Big Apple we took a bit more leisurely.

We checked out Trump Tower. The security and crowds were INSANE.

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And strolled Central Park.

We stumbled upon the most beautiful church I’ve ever seen. The Church of Saint Vincent Ferrer.

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Goodbye New York City. I’m totally in love with your attitude. Rob says “no way are we moving here.” He’s probably right, but we will definitely be back – soon!

The Erie Canal is right around the corner and a whole new portion of the Loop starts. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

Over and out!

xo, The Admiral

 

6 thoughts on “DON’T WAKE ME IF I’M DREAMING

  1. Well now my darling daughter you understand the love affair I’ve had all my life with NYC. It defies description, you either love it or hate it with nothing in between. The sounds, the energy level and the smell of different foods embraces you like a loving friend. Continue your amazing journey and discover what else our wonderful country has to offer. Love Mom

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  2. Outstanding update Admiral. You missed your calling. Should have been a journalist. Rockettes can write and dance can’t they?

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