We’ve been sailing with a cargo full of love and devotion.
Rock the boat.
Don’t rock the boat, baby.
The Ups and Downs
I would very much like a survey of those who have owned a big boat and tried to conquer America’s Great Loop, to find out the percentage of those who:
- Asked yourself, “Are We Crazy???”
- Wanted to quit after the first tow or glitch or repair
- Wanted to put a “For Sale” sign on their boat right where it is docked at the moment
- Was shocked with the actual amount of money this thing takes!?!?!?
- Was sorry they ever told anyone (much less started a website and blasted their intentions on social media) so they could quietly back out
Well, since our first tow, these are the thoughts that have been swirling around in our heads.
Anybody out there in our situation have similar thoughts?
Much Needed Down Time
We got to Cape May 16, 2019 with the intention of leaving on May 18th.
Though a series of unfortunate circumstances, we are still here.
If you have been reading our blog from the beginning, you might be surprised to find out that we have been a little under the weather, so to speak, since we started on Day One.
We have had sore throats, colds, and flu and just haven’t felt like ourselves which is also why we are way behind on creating videos on our YouTube channel.
So we decided to come back to Utsch’s Marina because they have been so kind to us and we are planning to stay here until we get well. 🙂
In fact, there are four boats lined up with AGLCA flags flying proudly on their bows.
We are not alone!
Crazy on the Water
We also wanted to stay here over Memorial Day weekend because of what happens on the water.
During a long holiday weekend.
You know what I’m talking about.
This is the time that inexperienced boaters take their friends and family out and show off.
We are inexperienced enough on our own!
We don’t need a lot of other extra newbies to contend with.
We don’t need way too fast drive-bys or extra crazy, unnecessary wakes to dodge.
We’re just going to stay here and wait it out.
Explore Cape May
We are also planning on seeing more of Cape May.
In the many days that we have been here, we have only seen a few businesses.
Acme Market – Did you know that Acme is a grocery store and not just a place where the Coyote shops to terrorize the Roadrunner?
But we stopped here and got soup and medicine.
CVS – Got more medicine.
Lobster House – Within walking distance of Utsch’s.
I was so excited to go get steamed, recently live lobster and crack and butter dip those savory morsels.
But the place was packed and we only sat at the bar and got wine and an Oysters Rockefeller appetizer (which I highly recommend).
We have already corrected this.
And it was awesome!
We are ready to explore more.
If you have any recommendations, please put them in the comments below.
Memorial Day Weekend
As you take time and remember the veteran’s that have lost their lives in service to our country, give a hug to a veteran that you know that is still living.
I hug Sam extra hard and am so impressed that he served in the Air Force and even more thankful that he is in my life.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend everybody!
Stay safe out there.
Awesome post, Rev! My grandparents vacationed in Cape May and our family often accompanied them. Be sure you get over to see the “Concrete Ship” on the bay side. I spotted it in the distance as we approached the canal. My sore throat and cough went away as soon as I crossed into Pennsylvania last week. Was it the salt water atmosphere that caused my respiratory problems? I surely hope not! Seems like you made a good choice of staying put for the holiday weekend. Also it is Fleet Week in New York Harbor, not the most desirable time to be navigating that body of water. You have the best seafood within walking distance. Love the pic of the lobster feast! Next up Maryland Blue Crabs! And I recommend my favorite Soft Shell Crabs, and of course Oysters, done any number of ways! Have an enjoyable time in Cape May, Thank for you service in the Air Force, Sam.
Thanks for the recommendations! I told Sam we just need to slow down and get well. Some of the Erie Canal locks are closed so hopefully they will all be open when we get up there. Have a great weekend!
My Advise: Press on! You will see how great it is to Journey on! It is life unfolding on the water. I have been there and done that even with glitches happening. You will be able to overcome them Trust Me!
Enjoy Cape May. My father’s favorite place in New Jersey.
Nancy and I lived in Mount Laurel with the boys and enjoyed it. They went to the best High Schools there and Jon graduated in honors! We only moved on to Columbia, MD. because of a job Change.
Press on! You will get your Burgee! Tony B.
Well, thank you for the encouraging words! I didn’t know you lived around here and sweet that your father loved Cape May. We are planning to venture on until we get the gold (burgee that is)!
All those thoughts flooding through your minds in the last few days actually made me chuckle! I’m sorry you have both been under the weather and hope you are feeling stronger and better now! Enjoy the fresh seafood and exploring Cape May. You will soon be out there sailing along and finding new adventures! Love you!
Thanks, Mom! We are feeling much better today. The sun is shining and it is a beautiful day. We are anxious to be moving on!
We are so crazy that we started the Loop twice! But now we are leaving Baltimore tomorrow morning and are traveling thru Memorial weekend anyway. Hope to see you in Cape May on Sunday evening. Dan and Jenny Lynn on “Melody In Sea” And Yes! We can all swap stories on Murphy’s Law. You’re in good company?
Twice? Can’t wait to hear that story! Thanks so much for helping us not feel like such weirdos! Looking forward to seeing you on this journey.
You are both so Non-Quitters. Tough times make tough people. Keep you chins up with your lobster bibs tightly tied. This too shall pass. Marching in Memorial Day parade tomorrow. RIP SSG William W Howe, my uncle and an 82nd Airborne trooper with three combat jumps in WW2. Salute to you, Sam, and best to Rev.
Quitters we aren’t! Complainers we are! LOL
Would love to see you in the parade.