It was a quick few hours to Baltimore from Annapolis. We did not have high hopes for Baltimore but found the redeveloped Inner Harbor and Fells Point area completely safe and appeared to be thriving with a mix of history, tourism, residential space, retail space and large downtown office buildings.
Our first afternoon we walked several miles along the Inner Harbor, touring some of the historic ships which are open to the public.
We had planned to leave the following day but then we heard that Jan & Stacy (Ceci Kay) and Mike & Kelly & their kids (INNTW) were coming into the same marina we were already at. We have been trading places ahead/behind with Ceci Kay and had not seen INNTW since we crossed over to the Bahamas with them back in January. There was some catching up we could do so we stayed an extra day.
Not everyone enjoyed Baltimore. Penny got a hot spot on her face and scratched at it (despite our best efforts to stop her) until it was far to large and nasty to ignore. We ended up at a pet hospital for an allergy shot, antibiotic pills and some serious wound cleaning.
When we left Baltimore with Ceci Kay the weather for the next several days was looking good to travel through the C&D (Chesapeake & Delaware) canal, down the Delaware Bay and up the coast of New Jersey. However when we stopped for the night in Delaware City and gathered at 4 pm for the marina’s weather briefing we realized the weather had changed drastically. There was much more wind expected not just the following day but the next several days, both in the bay and along the coast. This was what we wanted to see/hear.
Crossing the Delaware Bay takes the correct planning as conditions can change very quickly. We wanted to ride the current out and be safely through the shallow shoal areas before the winds really had time to build and create chop. We woke at 4 am, checked the weather again to make sure nothing had changed from the night before and shoved off at first light along with Ceci Kay.
Cape May, NJ is at the bottom of Delaware Bay where the bay meets the Atlantic. We were now visiting our 3rd state in less than 36 hours (Baltimore MD > Delaware City DE > Cape May NJ).
We pulled into a marina at Cape May, feeling like we were simply marina hopping at this point (because well, that IS what we were doing). Marinas have their benefits but are also more expensive than anchoring. This past week or two we’ve been in marinas far more often than we would have liked, either due to weather or lack of anchoring options.
We are currently killing time in Cape May and waiting for weather to improve. We are making the most of being “stuck” here.
Two new states and the sharing of random facts for each state we pass through continues ….
Random Facts: Delaware
Delaware was the first state to ratify the United States constitution. It did so on December 7, 1787.
Up until 2013, Delaware was the only state without any National Park System units (national parks, seashores, historic sites, battlefields, memorials, and monuments).
More than 50% of all the U.S. publicly traded companies and more than 60% of the Fortune 500 companies are incorporated in Delaware (thanks to business friendly corporation laws).
Random Facts: New Jersey
New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the country.
Atlantic City has the longest board walk in the world.
The first baseball game (1846) was played in Hoboken, New Jersey.
We will continue to wait for good weather and make our way toward New York City. More to come from The Big Apple!