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Ferrying to Cape May

Collecting Lighthouses


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After we came back from Texas in May, we didn't take another big trip until October.

Last year, I suggested to my daughter that I would like to visit my grandchildren in CT and Vermont. But my daughter said NO that I should not do that. So this year instead of asking my daughter, I went right to the source - I asked my grandson's SO and my granddaughter if it would be OK for us to visit in October. My grandson's SO said that the park that she manages closes on Columbus Day so anytime after that would work, and my granddaughter said that it would be my great grandson's birthday and that we could stay at her house on the way up. So this is the beginning of a ten day trip from Maryland to Vermont. I took the long way up, through Lewes Delaware and Cape May New Jersey. I was photographing lighthouses, cemeteries and fall leaves. The first cemetery photographed was in Lewes and we saw the first lighthouses from the ferry.

Monday - 6 October 2014

Lynde packed me up Monday. She also said she would be coming twice while we were gone. I got the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal and the mail stopped, but I ordered some shirts from Lands End on sale with a discount card and those will probably come while we are gone.

Tuesday 7 October 2014

I was concerned about the Virginia Hotel that I had booked at Booking.com, so I sent Booking.com an email asking for a room on the first floor. I could see in the google-view that there were steps up to the porch, and I knew there was no elevator. Tuesday night I got a call from the hotel. The man on the phone said that the first floor rooms were booked and he thought I would be better off at one of their sister properties. He said to cancel the Booking.com reservation so they wouldn't have to pay them for the booking and he would get me a room at the same price at Congress Hall. I think this was a little sneaky, because now Booking.com isn't getting paid. But the Congress Hall room is $100 more than the original booking and I was happy not to pay that.

I had most of my clothes in the red suitcase and I didn't take the rolling computer bag this time - just a shoulder bag.
My suitcase and pocketbook

My suitcase and pocketbook


Tuesday night I had a sore lump in my calf, but eventually I got to sleep I thought maybe it was cellulitis which was what Mother had but it was evidently not.

Wednesday - 8 October 2014

This morning Bob and I both showered and dressed. I unplugged the modem and Bob un-set the TV that we have set to go on and off each day. I was ready to leave except for putting on my shoes. But I forgot I had taken the lining out of my pink coat so I had to put that back in.

We got underway about 10:30. Bob was thinking we'd go up 301, but when I said that we were going up to Annapolis and over US 50, he turned around and we went up Maryland route 4 through Calvert Co.
Crossing the bridge over the Patuxent

Crossing the bridge over the Patuxent


I had a photo 'assignment' to take pictures of signs, so one of the ones I took was this man in Annapolis who was holding this sign about a computer facility up for on-coming traffic.
Man waving at traffic

Man waving at traffic


I thought it was ironic to advertise a hi-tech company in a decidedly low-tech way
7203260-More_signs_Annapolis.jpgLanes for EZ Pass

Lanes for EZ Pass


Got to the Bay Bridge about noon- toll was $6.00
Available lanes have the Green light

Available lanes have the Green light


Lunchtime we stopped at Chick-fil-A on Kent Island. For a total of $10.26, I got a
278062827203286-My_chicken_s..ent_Island.jpgChicken salad sandwich $3.99

Chicken salad sandwich $3.99


and Bob got a
Bob's chicken sandwich $2.99

Bob's chicken sandwich $2.99


and a
Small chocolate shake $2,99

Small chocolate shake $2,99


We passed the VFW chicken place that I was told about, but it is only open on weekends.
October pumpkins

October pumpkins


Sign in Ellendale

Sign in Ellendale


We had reservations on the 4:15 Lewes-Cape May Ferry. We got to Lewes about 3.
Arriving in Lewes

Arriving in Lewes


The town of Lewes has a nice walking tour on their website. Unfortunately I did not find out about it until after I got home. The tour includes Victorian houses, the shops along Second Street, the harbor, a museum and a historic church and graveyard. The Historical Society also has tours.
Victorian House

Victorian House


Since we were a little early, I thought we had time to go do a couple of cemeteries. The first one, the find-a-grave ap on the phone went off and did something else and we overshot, and never did find it.

But we went back to Friendship and took about 80 or 90 photos.
7204565-Friendship_Church_Lewes.jpgFriendship Church van

Friendship Church van

Cemetery at Friendship Baptist

Cemetery at Friendship Baptist


There were only 16 memorials there when we started (of which we found 5) so the rest of them are all new.
7204568-Grave_which_is_decorated_Lewes.jpgGrave  markers

Grave markers

Photo on a grave n Friendship

Photo on a grave n Friendship


Then we went to line up for the ferry as they start lining people up an hour in advance.
Sign pointing the way to the ferry

Sign pointing the way to the ferry


Bridge keeper's house for canal drawbridge

Bridge keeper's house for canal drawbridge


To make the reservation (and pay) I had to give them a driver's license number and I gave them mine. I didn't know if that meant that I actually had to drive the car. But it didn't. The ferry runs 8 AM - 6 PM April - September and 8:30 AM - 4:30PM October -March. Fares for a car and driver vary according to the season from $27.00 from November to March to $45.00 in the Peak Summer Season. Fares for a car passenger or foot passenger range from $4.00 for a 6-13 year old child from November to March to $10.00 for an adult in the Peak Season. Peak Season is Memorial Day to Labor Day–Fri, Sat, Sun, & Holidays
Front of ticket

Front of ticket

back of ticket

back of ticket


Check-in Times: Due to security procedures in an active port, check-in begins 1 hour prior to departure. Reservation may be forfeited if check-in is not completed 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure. Credit cards will be charged at time of booking. Upon cancellation of a journey, a non-refundable $5.00 cancellation fee will be imposed. No fees are charged if booking is immediately rescheduled. Please have vehicle length, number of passengers, and credit card ready when booking. Ferry tickets are valid for two years from date of purchase.
Lining up for the ferry

Lining up for the ferry


From the car I saw that they rented bicycles. There is a trail in Lewes called The Junction and Breakwater Trail. This 6-mile-long trail, which is a former rail line connecting Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, is located on the southwestern side of Cape Henlopen State Park. The trail includes two bridges that offer gorgeous views of the coastal wetlands of the Cape Region. The trail consists of finely crushed stone with an average width of 12 feet and is used by tourists and locals alike who want a scenic ride.
Bike rental

Bike rental


You can rent a bicycle from Lewes Cycle Sports and pick the bicycle up at the Lewes Terminal. The Cape May – Lewes Ferry encourages bicyclists to use the ferry service to take a break and cross Delaware Bay for fun and recreational purposes. The fare for bicycles and riders is $10.00 one-way or $18.00 round trip, the same as a foot passenger. The ferry service does not charge a separate fee for bicycles

They gave us a handicapped hang tag
Handicapped hang tag

Handicapped hang tag


We told them that I would go up the service elevator. I should have had my scooter for this but Bob didn't want to get it out.
Walkway

Walkway


So they took me up the elevator and then I had to walk onto the ship just like you do on a cruise ship.
Ferry terminal from the walkway

Ferry terminal from the walkway

Ferry docking

Ferry docking


Bob was therefore first in line to load onto the ferry.
Our car (white one) on the bow

Our car (white one) on the bow


Bob on the ferry waiting for it to leave

Bob on the ferry waiting for it to leave

Jetty marker

Jetty marker

Vulture flying over the ferry

Vulture flying over the ferry


I went up to the bow and stayed there taking photos.
Breakwater lighthouse as we pass it

Breakwater lighthouse as we pass it


We saw the Delaware Breakwater Light. If you get a chance, take a tour of this lighthouse. It is located at the east end of a detached breakwater sheltering Lewes harbor
Breakwater

Breakwater


and is accessible only by boat, In 2004 the Delaware River and Bay Authority and the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation formed a partnership to restore the lighthouse, and the lighthouse was subleased to the Foundation. Volunteers began working to clean up the tower, and public tours began in June 2005. Tours have been suspended because of lack of state funding but they might be reinstated when things get better. The Lewes Breakwater lighthouse was built in 1885 in a spark plug style round tower with 3-story round keeper's quarters, lantern and gallery. It was made inactive in 1996. Although it still has the original 4th order Fresnel lens mounted in the lantern and you can see a white light in the tower from land, this is purely decorative - it is no longer an aid to navigation. The lighthouse is painted reddish brown The lighthouse was the front light of a range, the Greenhill lighthouse being the rear light. The exterior was restored in 1999, when the lighthouse was transferred to the State of Delaware. There's a good view from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.
13203257204513-Lewes_Breakw..erry_Lewes.jpgLewes Breakwater Light from the Cape May Ferry

Lewes Breakwater Light from the Cape May Ferry


Lewes Breakwater Light  with a container ship on the other side

Lewes Breakwater Light with a container ship on the other side


I also saw the Harbor of Refuge Light from the ferry, but I didn't take my telephoto lens from the car, so my photos are not that good of it.1926 was when this lighthouse was built, and it is still active. The lantern is 72 ft tall with a white flash every 5 seconds. Two red sectors cover nearby shoals. This is a round cast iron lighthouse with 3-story round keeper's quarters, lantern and gallery, mounted on a caisson. It has a solar-powered VRB-25 lens. The DCB-36 aerobeacon used from about 1945 to 1997 has been rebuilt for display on site. Lighthouse painted white, lantern and caisson black. The fog horn blows two 2 second blasts every 20 seconds.
7204549-Harbor_of_Refuge_Lighthouse_Lewes.jpgHarbor of Refuge Lighthouse

Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse


The present lighthouse replaced a beautiful 3-story octagonal lighthouse built on the same caisson. The exterior of the tower was restored by Coast Guard in 1999. Also in 1999, the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation began working for its restoration. In 2001 the Coast Guard repaired the docking platform and ladders to improve safety of access to the building. In April 2002, the Coast Guard granted the Foundation a 20-year lease on the light station, and in August the Foundation began preliminary restoration work. The first step was to restore the windows, which had been removed and boarded up by the Coast Guard. The station's dock landing was restored in March 2003 and the first tour was held in June. On September 30, 2004, ownership of the lighthouse was transferred to the Foundation. Damage by Hurricane Isabel in September was quickly repaired, but there was concern that the lighthouse was endangered by the poor condition of the Harbor of Refuge Breakwater on which it is built. In late 2007, Congress appropriated $340,000 for repairs to the breakwater. In 2010, winter storms damaged the station's dock, and the lighthouse had to be closed pending repairs. At last report it remains closed. The lighthouse faces the open Atlantic and is highly vulnerable to storms. Located at the end of a long breakwater extending off the tip of Cape Henlopen near Lewes . Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed since 2010.

Even though I didn't have my long lens, I took a lot of photos anyway. I climbed down to the deck where the car was
From the stairway to the deck with cars

From the stairway to the deck with cars

IMG_4253.JPGFerry worker

Ferry worker


There is a lighthouse in Cape May, but I decided to go to the Congress Hall hotel first instead of going to the lightouse. Originally I booked cheaper hotel which was not right on the beach because I was not interested in the beach . The more accessible Congress Hall is almost right on the beach (if you count the parking lot, it is right on the beach). We found our way to the
Front Entrance

Front Entrance


that I could do with the scooter and this time Bob did take out the scooter. We checked in at 5:43. I asked the girl at the desk what time the lighthouse was open (the AAA book said 'various times') and she gave us a big glossy magazine type of book which was about Cape May but didn't have any information about the times of the lighthouse either.

We went up to the room - the hotel was built after the Civil War and is huge. The elevator is very good for someone on a scooter. You go in on the first floor, and when the elevator gets to your floor, the back door opens and you can just go forward right out (instead of having to back out), Bob brought up the luggage and parked the car. They have valet parking but you don't have to use it. If you don't use it is a long walk back to the hotel.
Hall

Hall


Each door to the room has a wooden louvered door in front of it which makes it even more difficult to get out with the scooter because there are two different doors to hold open and when I am through the door, it bangs behind me. We had a comfortable room with a view of a beautiful Victorian house across the street.
Victorian house

Victorian house


It had two queen beds which were comfortable,
One of the beds

One of the beds


but I had a hard time getting to sleep because the covers were tucked in so tight that I could not pull them out. I need to be able to stick a foot out of the covers at night to sleep. The bathtoom had the old style pedestal sink (with no room to put anything), and they hid the light switch on the outside of the half wall at one end of the tub. (claw foot of course). I couldn't find it and Bob had to tell me where it was.
Half wall with the light switch

Half wall with the light switch


We went to dinner at the Blue Pig Tavern which is the Congress Hall's restaurant.
Blue Pig pictures

Blue Pig pictures


On check-in, they gave us an early bird special card for between 5 and 6 at the restaurant. We actually got to the restauant too late for that but they gave us a 20% discount anyway. This was good because the food was expensive (for us).
Blue Pig restaurant

Blue Pig restaurant


The girl that showed us to our table said she would take the scooter and park it. I am used to that with male waiters on the cruise ships - they like playing with toys. But she tried to do it without sitting on it and she squeezed the forward lever and it leapt forward into a table and of course since it was getting away from her, she squeezed harder which made it go faster. It's easier if you sit on it.

They have a special Sunday through Thursday of a soup, entree and chef's choice of dessert for $26.99. Monday was grilled Knockwurst, Tuesday was Grilled Rainbow Trout and Thursday was Chicken Fried Chicken. Wednesday was Brunswick stew which was billed as beef brisket braised with tomatoes, beans, corn etc, so since I like Brunswick Stew, I had that. The soup was chicken pot pie soup and the dessert was pecan pie ala mode. The soup was OK and did taste like chicken pot pie.
Chicken pot pie soup

Chicken pot pie soup


Of course what I like about chicken pot pie is the crust and it didn't have that. But I wasn't happy with the Brunswick stew - it was basically beef stew with gravy.
Stew with gravy

Stew with gravy


Brunswick stew traditionally would be made with rabbit or possum. But in NC they substitute pork or maybe chicken. It has corn, limas, tomatoes, and potatoes, but no gravy. It is a kind of soupy stew. I didn't see any corn or beans or tomatoes in it. I did see carrots and potatoes. I didn't have the dessert because I don't care for pecan pie. I got enough to eat without it. Bob had a
Shrimp cocktail ($14,00)

Shrimp cocktail ($14,00)


and New England clam chowder ($7.00) and didn't have an entree. That was enough for him.With the 20% discount, we paid $43.00 plus tip. The original bill with tax and without tip was $54.56

Then we came up and recharged the camera batteries.
Seating area

Seating area


There was good internet and when I looked it up on the internet I found the hours for the lighthouse and I showed Bob how to log on with his ipad. Well actually I did it for him and I don't remember how I did it. I had some trouble downloading the photos at first, but eventually got it done. I put the locations for the places we want to go tomorrow in the GPS before I went to bed.

Tomorrow we expect to visit 5 lighthouses and end up in northern New Jersey.

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Lighthousing in New Jersey

Five lighthouses


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Cape May light mailed in 1947

Cape May light mailed in 1947

9 October 2014

We didn't set the alarm, but Bob got up about 8 and wanted to know where we would have breakfast. The hotel does have breakfast, but when I showed the menu to Bob he didn't have his glasses on so he didn't see the prices. I knew he wouldn't want to pay that much, so I said we would find someplace else to eat. I had looked on the lighthouse website and found that the Cape May lighthouse did not open until 10, so I figured there was no hurry. Bob took my suitcase down to the car and brought the car around and came up to get me - thinking of course that I would be dressed and ready to go. NOT. But I did pack things up
Bob walking down the hall ahead of me

Bob walking down the hall ahead of me

Me reflected in a hall mirror

Me reflected in a hall mirror

Lounge area on the hotel stairs

Lounge area on the hotel stairs


and went down to check out.
Cuckoo clock behind the checkout desk

Cuckoo clock behind the checkout desk


They gave us a newspaper which we took with us. The GPS said there was a Dairy Queen near us, but we got confused and ended up driving in circles (I don't think there really was a Dairy Queen at least we never saw one).
large_IMG_4297.JPG Driving around

Driving around


Along the beach

Along the beach


We ended up on the beach and we stopped behind the hotel at Uncle Bill's Pancake House.
Rooster wind vane on top of Uncle Bill's

Rooster wind vane on top of Uncle Bill's


Uncle Bill's sign

Uncle Bill's sign

Entry way tile

Entry way tile


It apparently is a Brunch type place which is a local chain. The menu is on the place mats.
Place mat menu

Place mat menu


You pay in cash - they don't accept credit cards. Open March - January 6:30 am – 2:00 pm
Beach mural behind the counter

Beach mural behind the counter


I didn't really feel in the mood for pancakes, so I had a cheese and bacon omelet and Bob had hot chocolate and oatmeal. That's what he has for breakfast at home along with bacon but he said he refused to pay $3.95 for bacon when he could get a whole package of it for half that.

We had been told about the beautiful Victorian houses of Cape May. Unfortunately we didn't have time to take one of the Trolley Tours.
Trolley-bus observed

Trolley-bus observed


One of the tours possible are:Travel Through Time Interactive Trolley Tour - May 3, 2015. New in 2014! Experience Cape May’s history up close, through the eyes of those who lived it. Meet characters from the past who visited, lived and worked in Cape May, as your trolley travels through town.
One of the Victorian Houses

One of the Victorian Houses

7215034-Another_local_house_Cape_May.jpgA place they visit on some of the tours

A place they visit on some of the tours


Costumed historical interpreters bring to life the town’s Victorian heritage. Tickets are limited. Tickets $22

Another Victorian

Another Victorian


xIMG_4306.JPGGreen building - the pink building is mini golf

Green building - the pink building is mini golf


On to the Cape May Lighthouse.

There are two separate entities where the lighthouse is. There is a State Park (Cape May Point State Park), and there is the Lighthouse.
Cape May Point State Park Museum with the lighthouse behind it

Cape May Point State Park Museum with the lighthouse behind it


The park is a key site on the NJ Coastal Heritage Trail, with an environmental center that houses a classroom for interpretive programs and a museum on the area's natural and historic features.
Birdhouse and museum from the parking lot

Birdhouse and museum from the parking lot


Although we came to visit the lighthouse, we also went into the museum that is part of the state park. The museum and one trail (the Red Trail) are wheelchair accessible Museum Hours: Open Wednesday through Monday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Turtle in the museum

Turtle in the museum


Jawbone of a baleen whale

Jawbone of a baleen whale


The lighthouse is a Three Star visit lighthouse. The lighthouse page says that it was built in 1859.
Welcome to Cape May Lighthouse

Welcome to Cape May Lighthouse


There are charges for you to climb it, but I wasn't going to do that. So on the advice of the lady at the State Park Museum, we went to the Oil House
IMG_4344.JPGOil house

Oil house


and asked to see the video about the lighthouse - it was free and was much easier than doing it ourselves. They gave us a laptop and we went out and sat in the shade of the lighthouse and looked at the video.
Lighthouse window from below

Lighthouse window from below

Looking up

Looking up


This included someone climbing to the top (explaining with increased breathlessness) the history. At the end he went up into the lantern room which isn't available to regular lighthouse visitors.

In 1882, the Cape May Ocean Wave reported that "the gentleman superintendent in charge, [of the lighthouse] Mr. Samuel Stillwell, takes pleasure in showing visitors who have the nerve and strength of limb to the top, the interior of the lantern, and explaining the interesting operations of the light. A very picturesque view of the sea, bay, and country may also be obtained from the giddy heights of the edifice."
From the Parking Lot

From the Parking Lot


In 1897, the newspaper made it clear that a visit to the lighthouse was a requisite part of one's vacation: "One of the interesting features to Cape May summer visitors is a journey to the top of the lighthouse." -

I also scootered up the boardwalk and looked at the beach. I saw people with binoculars observing birds in what I assume was a salt marsh pond (The Red Trail).
7217029-Cape_May_Point_State_Park.jpgSalt march bird viewing area

Salt march bird viewing area


The wheel chair accessible Red Trail is .5 miles, and offers hikers access to both the lighthouse pond west and east. Each pond has a blind or platform at the water's edge to view wading birds, ducks, swans, as well as the occasional osprey, which come to rely on these freshwater ponds for food and habitat for breeding.

The Yellow Trail is 1.5 miles long. This trail offers hikers the opportunity to see different habitats, including wetland marsh, coastal dune and the beach. The Blue Trail is 2.0 miles long. Just like the yellow trail, this trail offers hikers a myriad of habitats in which to view flora and fauna found at the park. The blue trail offers a longer hike along the beach and coastal dune.

From the boardwalk I also saw the
World War II Bunker

World War II Bunker


which was built as part of the Harbor Defense Project of 1942. The park was once a Military base, of which the Bunker was a part. At low tide you can still see the gun turrets at the front of the bunker. The Bunker was once 900 feet inland. Surrounded by earth and covered by sod, it once looked as if it were a hill from the sea or air.

Then we visited Hereford Inlet lighthouse which is not very far north of the Cape May Lighthouse.
Welcome to New Jersey Garden State Parkway

Welcome to New Jersey Garden State Parkway


This meant getting on the Garden State Parkway, which is a toll road
Garden State toll

Garden State toll


and you have to pay cash and sometimes you have to pay coin cash - sometimes even quarters. We are running out of quarters. We got off the Garden State and went to north Wildwood
Road sign Wildwood

Road sign Wildwood


to see the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse. I took a photo of this building as we went past - turned out to be a high school.
High School Building

High School Building


We overshot the lighthouse - it looks like the State Police are quartered in a keepers house and we almost turned in there.
State Police

State Police


We had to turn around and go back.
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Garden sign

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Garden sign


The first thing you see from the parking lot is part of the award winning Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Gardens are planted with over 200 kinds of plants and extend right up to the ocean seawall.
7212840-Hereford_Inlet_Lighthouse.jpgLighthouse garden

Lighthouse garden


Bob didn't get out the scooter which was a mistake. In order to get photos that weren't right into the sun,
7212861-Hereford_Inlet_Lighthouse_Wildwood.jpgLighthouse against the sun

Lighthouse against the sun


I had to walk around to the other side of the lighthouse, and I just couldn't do it. I ended up giving my camera to Bob. It's a very pretty Victorian cottage type lighthouse.
Bob's photo of the Hereford Inlet Light

Bob's photo of the Hereford Inlet Light


This is a working lighthouse which is in North Wildwood, New Jersey, on the southwestern shore of Hereford Inlet at the north end of Five Mile Beach. Its construction was completed and it became operational in 1874. You can actually get a ticket for admission to both Hereford and Cape May Lighthouses for only $12.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 11 years. Buy combination tickets at Hereford Lighthouse. But If you don't intend to climb the Cape May lighthouse, you don't need to buy a ticket.The gardens and gift shop are free. A DVD tour is available upon request to those unable to climb the Lighthouse
Stairs to the Hereford Lighthouse office

Stairs to the Hereford Lighthouse office


Inside the building is a museum (which we didn't see as I just couldn't climb the steps), which has the original 4th order Fresnel lens as one of the exhibits. . The garden and grounds around the Lighthouse are wheelchair accessible.
7212853-House_from_the_side_Wildwood.jpgHouse from the side

House from the side


The lighthouse itself is a square frame cylindrical tower with lantern and gallery, on top of a 1-1/2 story frame "Swiss gothic" keeper's house. The building is painted a pinkish buff with white trim; the lantern is painted black. It is a sibling of Point Fermin Light in Los Angeles, California (which I saw in 2017); several similar lighthouses were built in California but this is the only one in the eastern U.S.
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse steps from where I was able to walk to

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse steps from where I was able to walk to


The lighthouse was relocated 150 ft west in 1914. It was boarded up for 18 years, before being restored starting in 1982. The tower was restored in 1999. In 2001, the lighthouse received a state grant of $102,000 to replace the modern roof with a historically accurate cedar shake roof and to restore the building's chimneys. In 2003 the lighthouse was repainted in its historically-accurate buff color, somewhat to the dismay of local residents accustomed to seeing it in white with black trim.
7212838-Hereford_Inlet_Lighthouse.jpgHereford Inlet Lighthouse

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse

Then we headed for Atlantic City
7217062-Road_to_Atlantic_City_Atlantic_City.jpgApproaching Atlantic City

Approaching Atlantic City


It was time to eat, and the GPS had confused me into turning on the wrong street.
Trump Plaza

Trump Plaza


There was a McDonalds right there
Right past the Bridge

Right past the Bridge


so we stopped to eat and regroup. It was busy with not many places to park (and Bob does not like drive through) so we parked in a handicapped place and I got out my handicapped hang tag, as there weren't any non-handicapped spaces available.
Atlantic City McDonalds

Atlantic City McDonalds


I got water to drink and partly filled one of the water bottles while Bob was drinking his milkshake. (chocolate)
Bob's chocolate milkshake

Bob's chocolate milkshake


I normally get a
Bacon cheeseburger

Bacon cheeseburger


and that's what I got this time. Bob got a McChicken.
Map pointing out Abeescon and Barnegat Regions

Map pointing out Abeescon and Barnegat Regions


We had to go around the block to the Abescon Lighthouse in Atlantic City because the street the GPS told us to turn on was closed.
Approaching the lighthouse

Approaching the lighthouse


Lighthouse as we approach

Lighthouse as we approach


We parked by this sign
GAR (Grand Army of the Republic - aka Northern Army in the Civil War) re-enactment encampment

GAR (Grand Army of the Republic - aka Northern Army in the Civil War) re-enactment encampment


and Bob got out my scooter, and we went through the garden
Garden with scarecrow

Garden with scarecrow


Bob reading a sign

Bob reading a sign


Bob got the scooter out and I could go into the oil house where they had a time line exhibit,
Tje Light Shines Again

Tje Light Shines Again


Special Delivery

Special Delivery


and also I could get into the lighthouse keepers house which was a museum and shop.
5049787213327-Former_Light..antic_City.jpgFormer Lighthouse Keeper's House

Former Lighthouse Keeper's House


They offer a wide variety of Lighthouse related souvenirs, apparel, novelties, publications, and artwork. I didn't buy anything but I took photos of some of the offerings. They will ship and so you can order on the internet or by phone
Kid's Cove

Kid's Cove


I was looking to see what the paint color was when Daddy took his photo. I talked to a Park Ranger, and he told me all the colors that the lighthouse had been. He said originally it was red brick but that it got lost in the setting sun so they painted it red and white but that had the same problem. I don't think that is a real story though because there are several red lighthouses. I think they changed it so as not to have it confused with the sister Barnegat lighthouse which is just up the coast.
Historic postcard

Historic postcard

1900 photo from the Library of Congress

1900 photo from the Library of Congress


Old postcard

Old postcard


Anyway, apparently when it was decommissioned and was standing vacant, the city painted it in the city colors (blue and yellow). It is now black and white. My dad took a photo of it in 1959 when the stripe was blue
Photo toward the inlet from Dad's hotel

Photo toward the inlet from Dad's hotel


Dad's photos 1959 cropped

Dad's photos 1959 cropped


Photos at the lighthouse store (red and white on the left and black or blue and yellow on the right)

Photos at the lighthouse store (red and white on the left and black or blue and yellow on the right)


Abescon Lighthouse 2014

Abescon Lighthouse 2014


Top of the lighthouse from below

Top of the lighthouse from below


Abescon from the Keeper's House

Abescon from the Keeper's House

New Jersey  flag

New Jersey flag


Left here about 2:15 and got to Barnegat State Park when we realized that the lighthouse in this case was NOT at the state park.
Sign about the Massacre at Long Beach 1782 at Barnegat State Park

Sign about the Massacre at Long Beach 1782 at Barnegat State Park


Some back-tracking was required.
Backtracking

Backtracking


Barnegat Lighthouse (Old Barny) was built in 1859 by George G. Meade at a station originally established in 1835. Yes THAT George G. Meade. He was a civil engineer in the Army and constructed several lighthouses before his famous service as General George G. Meade in the Civil War.
George Meade bust

George Meade bust


The light was inactive from 1944 to 2009; The lantern is 163 ft high; it has a white flash every 10 s. Park gate hours: Daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lighthouse Hours: open weekends from 9am to 3:30pm (weather permitting) Fee: $3 per person ages 12 and older; $1 per person ages 6 to 11; children under 5 free. Fees are in effect beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day so since we visited in October, we didn't have to pay. The lighthouse does close due to inclement weather.
395943017213796-Barnegat_Lig..egat_Light.jpgBarnegat LighthouseFrom the parking lot

Barnegat LighthouseFrom the parking lot

Sign about the lighthouse

Sign about the lighthouse


Bob originally thought I couldn't use the scooter because he thought the paths were sand, but it turned out to be paved. A 1,033-foot concrete walkway with handrails on top of the south jetty provides fishing access for people with disabilities. Saltwater anglers have access to the bulkhead along the picnic area where they can catch striped bass, bluefish, weakfish, summer flounder, tautog, winter flounder, and black sea bass. We didn't do any fishing, but did observe people fishing from the jetty
Walking back to the parking lot with their poles

Walking back to the parking lot with their poles

Fishing from the jetty

Fishing from the jetty


I could actually go all the way out to the inlet. We got to see some people coming in the inlet against the tide which was running pretty fast. We could see the whirlpools in the water
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Sport fisher rounding the light

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Sailboat entering the inlet

Bob watching sailboat rounding the lighthouse

Bob watching sailboat rounding the lighthouse

Barnegat Lighthouse backlit with contrail

Barnegat Lighthouse backlit with contrail


First lighted January 1, 1959

First lighted January 1, 1959

Door

Door

7213804-Visit_The_Lighthouse.jpgTop of the lighthouse

Top of the lighthouse


Barnegat, a sibling of Absecon Light (which we had just visited in Atlantic CIty), was the tallest U.S. lighthouse when it was built, and it is still the third tallest brick tower in the U.S., according to Lighthouse Heritage data. The lighthouse itself is a brick tower with lantern and gallery. The lower half of the tower and the lantern roof are painted white, the upper half of the tower is brick red. The keeper's house was destroyed in 1915, but nearby in a former schoolhouse is the Barnegat Light Museum which displays the original 1st order Fresnel lens. Unfortunately, I missed visitng this.
Barnegat Lighthouse

Barnegat Lighthouse


The Barnegat Light Historical Society supports maintenance and operation of the light station. A major restoration was completed in 1991. The tower is threatened by beach erosion so in 2001 the Army Corps of Engineers spent $1.38 million for a rock seawall to protect it. It isn't just beach erosion that is a problem. A Corps survey showed the tower is leaning 22 inches away from the vertical. In 2003 the state spent $500,000 to repaint and restore the tower. In September 2008, it was announced that the lighthouse would be relit on New Year's Day 2009. In 2011, town officials were negotiating to lease the light station from the state. In August 2012 a lightning strike knocked out the light, and several months of repairs were needed to restore it
Walking acros the sand to fish

Walking acros the sand to fish


Next to the lighthouse is one of the last remnants of maritime forest on Long Beach Island is found here. The forest, which is dominated by Black Cherry, Sassafras, Eastern Red Cedar, and American Holly, is an important resting and feeding area for migratory birds on their long journey to and from their breeding sites. The Maritime Forest Trail is a 1/5-mile long, self-guided loop trail through this unique environment.
Sign prohibiting pets

Sign prohibiting pets


This is an excellent area to observe many species of birds during the spring and fall migrations. A New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife program provides seasonal fencing of critical nesting areas on the beach adjacent to the park. This provides protection for certain endangered beach nestings birds and opportunities for observation.
Beach/maritime environment

Beach/maritime environment


The park also is a great location for viewing wintering waterfowl such as red-breasted mergansers, common eiders and harlequin ducks. The park sponsors several waterfowl viewing programs thoughout the winter.I did not get a chance to actually walk on the Maritime Trail. Maybe next time.
Last look at Old Barny

Last look at Old Barny


I was unable to get the GPS to recognize and take us to Fair View Cemetery (where Uncle Herb and Aunt Margaret are buried) and I was pretty tired by this time (and I think Bob was too) so we skipped Sea Girt lighthouse and just went to our hotel
Road

Road


One of the Garden State toll places where they took actual paper money (as opposed to coins) and Bob gave her a five and asked for quarters as change. She gave us two $1.00 coins and the rest in quarters.
Side mirror at toll booth

Side mirror at toll booth


The people behind us were impatient.

We got to the Hampton Inn and the GPS said it was on the left, and it was on the right.
Hampton Inn sign

Hampton Inn sign


But we were three lanes of traffic away and we had no chance at all of getting to it. It took us another half hour to find our way back to it on the correct side of the road.
Driving by St James Cemetery

Driving by St James Cemetery


That is the worst thing about this hotel. If you don't get to it the first time, it will be hard to get back to it. It's very confusing around here. The hotel had an indoor pool but I didn't have a chance to use it. The bed was comforable,
Beds with the lap table

Beds with the lap table


the elevator worked, the wi-fi was good and the next morning we had a good breakfast.
7210474-Scooter_and_TV_Woodbridge.jpgScooter TV, microwave and refrigerator

Scooter TV, microwave and refrigerator


Anyway I said I didn't want to go out to dinner. There was a NJ Steak and Ale and a LongHorn Steakhouse, and a Pizza Hut. I like pizza but not at night - tomato gives me reflux. Bob doesn't care for LongHorn. So I asked him to just walk across the parking lot to McDonalds and that's what he did.
Hotel parking lot

Hotel parking lot

10 October 2014

Yesterday evening, I put all the rest of the GPS locations into the GPS and using Google maps tried to figure out which way would be the best to go. I decided to pick up the rest of the places we didn't visit yesterday and try to avoid the Garden State Parkway.

So we got breakfast at the Hampton Inn and set off about 9:30. I wanted to go by the house where our cousins lived in Keyport Every time we drove back and forth to Woods Hole, we'd stop in Keyport to see them. My father's sister, Aunt Margaret married a man named Herbert Burrowes. My  Aunt Margaret and my cousins in a Christmas card c 1945

My Aunt Margaret and my cousins in a Christmas card c 1945

My sister and me and our girl cousins from NJ in order of age c1952 - I'm the second from the right and my sister is second from the left

My sister and me and our girl cousins from NJ in order of age c1952 - I'm the second from the right and my sister is second from the left


I looked in the 1940 census but at that time they were living at #69 on some street that didn't look familiar to me on google maps. I remembered that the address as 100 Main Street, so I looked at it on google maps and that was the house I remembered. So we went there first.
100 Main Street

100 Main Street


I also had a postcard of a bridge in Keyport
Old Postcard of Keyport

Old Postcard of Keyport


and I took photos of several that we went over in town but I wasn't able to identify the bridge in the postcard.
7223431-A_Keyport_Bridge_Keyport.jpgKeyport bridges

Keyport bridges


We went by the Keyport HS but I didn't get a chance to take a photo of that.
Keyport Victorian

Keyport Victorian


Then we went to visit Fair View Cemetery where Aunt Margaret and Uncle Herb are buried. It is a huge cemetery,
Fairview Civil War Monument

Fairview Civil War Monument


so we went to the office to find out where they were. There was a man watering the mums on the porch and he called to a lady who originally didn't hear as she was running a vacuum. She had long black somewhat frizzy hair and looked like she belonged in a cemetery. She told us where those graves were and then looked up our cousin Catharine but she's not there.

She said there was a big Burrowes monument, but we couldn't find it. We parked and Bob went looking but he did not find it. Then we drove all the way back to the beginning of the section but didn't see it. Went around the corner and I saw flat markers for Herb's parents.
Horace - Uncle Herb's father

Horace - Uncle Herb's father


There behind a huge boxwood, between two cedar trees was the main marker.
Main Burrowes monument

Main Burrowes monument


We drove through the cemetery and I took some photos
Fairview Cemetery Veterans Monument

Fairview Cemetery Veterans Monument


Then we set off to see Sandy Point lighthouse. We got there about 11:30.
Approaching Sandy Point

Approaching Sandy Point


For more than a century, Sandy Hook Lighthouse keepers lived in isolation at the end of this windswept peninsula.
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In the 1890s the US Army began building Fort Hancock. First we went through the Fort Hancock Historic District . Sandy Hook is one of three parks that make up the Gateway National Recreation Area.
Army missles at the entrance

Army missles at the entrance


During the War of 1812, a wooden fortification named Fort Gates was constructed in 1813, and represented the 2nd system of defense. The Fort at Sandy Hook, begun in 1859 was a granite fortification that was never completed.
Entrance Sign

Entrance Sign


This represented the 3rd system of defenses. By the end of World War II anti-aircraft guns had taken over the key defensive role at Fort Hancock. Fort Hancock's Battery Potter, constructed from 1890-1894, was the first disappearing gun battery in the U. S. It stayed in operation until 1906 because it had a 360 degree range of fire and was capable of covering Sandy Hook Bay. Battery Potter is open for tours on Sunday in the summer from 1 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. We saw a movie of a disappearing gun at Fort Monroe. Since we were not there on Sunday or in the summer, we did not get to tour Battery Potter.
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Fort Hancock Historic District

7224192-Buildings_at_Fort_Hancock_Highlands.jpgBuildings at Fort Hancock

Buildings at Fort Hancock


There were some kids in dark blue uniforms near the NOAA Fisheries Center. (NOAA = National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
NOAA center

NOAA center

The current two-family keeper's quarters was build in 1883. It is the fifth house to stand at this site. The lighthouse visitor's center is in the old keeper's quarters
Museum

Museum


Informational sign about the lighthouse

Informational sign about the lighthouse


and Bob went in and used the bathroom. I didn't go in to the museum or lighthouse keeper's residence as there appeared to be no handicapped entrance.
Sandy Hook Lighthouse

Sandy Hook Lighthouse


The lighthouse keepers no longer have to climb the spiral stairs to the lens house every day before sunset to light the lamps because the light is now automated. The Coast Guard maintains the light and the National Park Service cares for the tower.
Top of Sandy Hook Lighthouse

Top of Sandy Hook Lighthouse


Leaving the pennisula, we retraced our steps.
Beach and water

Beach and water


Two towers up on a bluff

Two towers up on a bluff


We saw twin towers on the bluff and Bob said it looked like two lighthouses, but I did not think it could be. It DID look like lighthouses though, so I took photos.
Navesink Twin Lights

Navesink Twin Lights


Then I saw them on the town Welcome sign so I looked them up in the AAA book and sure enough, they are the Navesink Lighthouses. The Navesink Twin Lights were built in 1862 on a station established in 1828. They are not identical as the South tower is square and the north tower is octagonal.
From the highway

From the highway


For a century Navesink Twin Lights was the landfall light for vessels bound for New York, so it was one of the country's most important lighthouses. It was also a showplace for the lighthouse service. This is the first U.S. light station to be equipped with Fresnel lenses (1841), the first to burn kerosene (1883), and the first to be equipped with electric power (1898). They have been inactive since 1953.
Navesink Twin Lights

Navesink Twin Lights


From here on the day went downhill. We got back on the Garden State (another $1.50 toll).
Toll booths

Toll booths


Every time Bob has to pay a toll he has to get out his wallet (a problem in itself as his wallet is constrained by the seat belt and I worry about him driving while he does it. Then we got on the Jersey Turnpike ($6.60) and ended up at the GW bridge.
large_7223426-George_Washington_Bridge_Highlands.jpgGeorge Washington Bridge

George Washington Bridge


At some point I got Bob to give me his wallet so he wouldn't struggle with it each time. The GPS kept telling us that there would be traffic (duh) and trying to re-route us. The problem is that Bob is now so deaf that he can't understand her, and by the time I figure out what she's trying to do, and tell Bob what it is, it is too late to do it. She wanted to put us on I-897 (?) or something, and Bob said he never heard of that road and wouldn't go there. So we were on I-95 headed for New Haven in horrible traffic (as this was a Friday of a long weekend). Also by this time it was after 1300 and I needed a bathroom.

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Crazed in Connecticut

Traffic, Phone problems, Internet problems and a Birthday


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10 October 2014 - Continued

Normally I like Boston Market. So when I saw that there was one in Old Greenwich and it looked like we could get off I-95 and get back on again we got off. It was 1400 and we wanted some lunch and I wanted to use the bathroom. After a false start, we got to Boston Market - oops we went in the exit to the parking lot. There was no handicapped parking space. The only available place to park was very narrow with someone parked crooked next to us. The Boston Market had a handicapped door and a handicapped bathroom, but there was a curb around the sidewalk so no one in a wheelchair could get to the door.

This was the dirtiest Boston Market I've ever seen. When we went in, ALL the tables and the counters were filled with dirty dishes.
Messy table

Messy table


I couldn't find a place to sit where there was a clean table. One of the employees half heartedly collected some of the dirty dishes, but he did not wipe the tables off. I couldn't even find a napkin or paper towel to wipe them off myself.
menu board

menu board


I ordered a pulled pork sandwich, but for some reason when it came, it had cheese on it.
My pulled port sandwich

My pulled port sandwich


Bob wanted a chicken salad sandwich. They gave him a chicken salad instead. He had to send it back and get them to give it to him in a sandwich
Bob at the counter

Bob at the counter


Bob's sandwich

Bob's sandwich

We ate half our sandwiches and got a box for the rest. The GPS routed us to Route 1 and we stopped about 1600 for gas at a fairly cheap place ($3.57 for credit). Way more expensive than in NJ where it was $2.99 for credit.
Getting gas

Getting gas


Again the GPS would tell us stuff and we wouldn't do it. So we ended up back on I-95 in periodic traffic. Our original ETA was 1535. It slipped to 1645, and finally was 1730. And that's when we got to the hotel -the Comfort Suites Near Casinos in Norwich (after initially going the wrong way on route 2).

So it took us from 11:30 to 1730 (6 hours) to drive 144 miles. This was the closest hotel to where our granddaughter lived in Colchester and it was easy to get to from the interstate.
Interstate and Ct Route 2 near the hotel

Interstate and Ct Route 2 near the hotel


Although initially she had said we could stay with her, she forgot that she had invited us, and she had both sets of grandparents also coming for her son's birthday - one set from Maryland (our daughter), and Joe's parents from Florida.

I looked at my phone and I missed a call from my granddaughter, and so I called her but she wasn't home. Then I missed a call from D, my daughter, so I called her and she said to leave my phone on. Which I did, but then I missed another call from from my granddaughter. I called my granddaughter again and they said that they were going to eat somewhere around here, but since they didn't have room in the car to pick us up, we decided not to try to find the restaurant. Neither my daughter nor my grandaughter would take the number for the phone in our room which I know I could hear ring.

The hotel had free wi-fi and they said I would have no problem with the internet. It seems to be mainly a place to stay and go to the casino. They have a shuttle to the Mohegan Sun casino and resort which is six miles away. Complimentary perks include parking, and hot breakfast. There's also a heated indoor pool, a fitness center, a snack shop and a coin-operated laundry. Soft pillows are available

The hotel lied about the internet. When I logged on, it took me awhile to get connected. Bob couldn't connect his iPad at all. He complained that the TV had no local channels so no local weather. (Channel list was also inaccurate)
TV and microwave

TV and microwave


About 2000 it kicked me off and I called the front desk and they said the manager would call me when she got back. She didn't. But I got connected again, and was able with only a couple of brief outages to do some work on the photos I took at the cemetery in Delaware. Then about 11, I got logged off and could not get logged back on. Called the front desk - he said it was fine there. Called tech support - on the phone with them for a hour. Could not get back on the internet no matter what we did. While I was waiting, I edited photos I'd taken. I asked if they had a LAN cable but they said no one used those anymore. Also the toilet is not working
Bathroom

Bathroom

11 October 2014

We are in Connecticut primarily for our grandson's birthday parties and don't have anything else scheduled. We visited a lot of lighthouses here and also Mystic Seaport when we were here for our granddaughter's wedding in 2008.

Bob went to breakfast. They put a note on the room that if we wanted it cleaned we should tell the front desk before noon. I was able to log on in the morning, but it kept dropping the connection.

D, granddaughter and family were going to a pumpkin farm this morning, but it is raining pitchforks. D tried to call me on my phone, and it didn't ring, so of course I didn't hear it and didn't answer. They said we could come over to our granddaughter's house anytime, so I stopped fighting with the computer and took a shower and got dressed. I tried to find the folding hairbrush and could not find it anywhere. I know I have it with me - or had.

The GOOD NEWS is that while I was looking for it, I found my address book in one of the zippered pockets in my pocketbook. I evidently have not looked there since last May.

They sent a plumber to unstop the toilet and I asked them to make up our room as we left. The GPS got us to our granddaughters house although it said it was on the left and it was on the right. Rocky (their dog) took a little while to accept us, but eventually would come to be petted or beg for food.
Rocky and Joe (granddaughter's husband) in the kitchen

Rocky and Joe (granddaughter's husband) in the kitchen


My daughter D (computer security) and granddaughter (civil engineer) together and separately tried to make my phone ring but it will only vibrate. So that evening, I texted my daughter E in Texas, and the next day she texted me the following: On the phone did you make sure the volume/mute button (the slider button on the upper left side of the phone) is slid up or toward the face of the phone? Sometimes that will slide down if you drop the phone (from the impact). Not to be confused with the volume buttons that allow you to increase and decrease the volume level. This button is above those buttons and is oblong - should be under a flap in your phone case. I'm sure that my sister would've checked everything else, but maybe they missed that one button. That's all I can think of.

And that was it.

Joe's parents came
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Joe's parents


They drove up from Myrtle Beach yesterday and they said the traffic was just as bad on the Tappen Zee and the Merrit Parkway as it was on I-95. It took them 12 hours and it usually only takes 9. We had presents to open
Present opening

Present opening

Birthday present

Birthday present


and then our great grandson was to have a nap.

Later Joe's sister Debbie and her husband Frank came
Frank and Joe

Frank and Joe


and we had more present opening, dinner, and ice cream cake.

We got back to the hotel and the internet seems to work now.

October 12, 2014

Bob went to breakfast and said that he couldn't get anything to eat because there were so many people there but he brought me an english muffin and a banana. The butter was so cold that I had to put the muffin in the microwave to get the butter to melt. He went down to eat and came back with a packet of oatmeal - he said there were more people down there then the hotel held. People were sitting on every available surface and the excess were standing waiting for food.
7210525-Breakfast_area_Sunday_Norwich.jpgCrowded breakfast area about 9:15 am

Crowded breakfast area about 9:15 am


He said they brought three trays of bacon out and it was gone before he got any. They had no hot water (for the oatmeal) and when they brought out the urns, they weren't labeled as to what was in them, so he brought the oatmeal and hot chocolate up to the room and heated the water in the coffee machine.
Breakfast area on Sunday

Breakfast area on Sunday

When we left at 9:30, there was no one to check us out because the desk lady was helping with breakfast so we left the keys on the desk (along with a lot of other keys).
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The birthday party was at Riverview farm. Their website says Fall Festival offers Hayrides, a 2 acre Corn Maze, a petting zoo with baby chicks, a 24' Pumpkin Bounce, Working tractors on display to sit on. Plenty of parking and room to play!

Open September 6th, 2014 thru the 1st Weekend in November
Open 5 Days a week(
Closed Monday & Tuesday so our animals can rest !)
Weds - Thurs noon to 6pm
Fri - Sat- Sun 9am to 6pm

The GPS got us there. We didn't see the handicapped parking and Bob didn't think the scooter would work on grass, but the Luggie scooter does OK on short grass. There were pumpkins, honey, apples and eggs for sale,
Honey for sale at the stand - also apples

Honey for sale at the stand - also apples

Egg sign

Egg sign


a petting zoo,
Pigs in the Petting Zoo

Pigs in the Petting Zoo


Live chickens

Live chickens

Bunny that bites (so don't stick your fingers in his cage to pet him)

Bunny that bites (so don't stick your fingers in his cage to pet him)


a corn maze,
Corn maze rules

Corn maze rules


hay rides (pulled by tractors),
7238210-Hay_rides_Glastonbury.jpgHayride

Hayride


things to climb on, a pumpkin colored moon bounce (which was wet from the rain and so was supposed to be closed), and kids everywhere in strollers, car seats and on various wheeled kiddie car type vehicles as well as running around loose. We didn't see anyone we knew so I asked and they said our party was behind the moon bounce.
Moon bounce

Moon bounce


It was cool
Party table with favors

Party table with favors


- they had apple cider, apples
Apples

Apples

Eating an apple

Eating an apple

Birthday party

Birthday party


and activities to do.
Handing out ice cream

Handing out ice cream

Ice cream at the party

Ice cream at the party


There were 10 children of pre-school age and associated parents. We also got to take a four generation photo
Four generations

Four generations


and also a three and four generation photo with Joe's parents too.
Multigeneraltional photo

Multigeneraltional photo


(My son-in-law finally got to CT from his conference in Madison late last night after doing an OJ sprint through BWI.)

After lunch, we left for Rhode Island

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