On Day 2 of our Reunion Road Trip, we woke up in Towson at P’s aunt and uncle’s house, showered, had a nice breakfast, and hit the road for Cape May, New Jersey!
We knew we were on our way when we paid our first toll at the Delaware Memorial Bridge:
$14 in tolls and one gas stop later, we arrived at Lauren’s house in Cape May! (I’ll pause only to say that I think it’s weird that you can’t pump your own gas in New Jersey.)
After dropping our bags in our room, we headed out for lunch and a driving tour of Cape May. We stopped at the Lobster House, which Lauren told us is one of the highest-grossing restaurants in the United States, due to the massive volume of fresh seafood sales they do.
I’m not normally a big seafood eater, but I wanted to embrace the spirit of vacation! I had a crabcake sandwich for lunch. The verdict: it wasn’t my favorite, but it wasn’t terrible. I even tried it with horseradish!
After lunch, Lauren led us on a driving tour of Cape May Island, so we could get our bearings and try to decide what we wanted to spend the next few days doing.
I was surprised by the number of remainders of WWII around Cape May. Apparently that’s when the island was created (it used to be attached), because they dug out a cut-through channel across the land to connect the Atlantic to the Delaware Bay. There were old lookout towers plus this lighthouse, and a sunken ship at one of the beaches.
At the end of the tour, I requested that we go back to the pedestrian mall we had passed earlier.
Even though it was incredibly hot, I wanted to see what there was to see, and maybe do a little shopping. And it’s a good thing we did!
P and I split a quarter pound of some vanilla fudge with Oreos, and I wish we had gotten more. I also snagged a Christmas present for my dad in a different shop. After this, we popped into a few antique stores. I didn’t get any pictures, and didn’t make any purchases, but there was some good stuff to be found.
We headed back to Lauren’s house to relax for a brief bit, and then headed to a beach on the Delaware Bay to watch the sunset! Lauren and I split a bottle of champagne while P sipped on a 6-pack. It was a great way to spend our first evening at the beach.
Then we simply walked across the street to a restaurant/bar that I can’t for the life of me remember the name of…(I think it had Harry’s in it?) where we had a few more drinks and dinner. Continuing in my vacation spirit, I ordered a coconut shrimp basket with fries, which was delicious! (This assessment could have been attributed to my 2 cups of champagne and two vodka cranberries, but it was pretty close to perfect.)
We sat at the bar for a few hours chatting and listening to live music, and then we called it a night and headed back to Lauren’s house for bed.
Not a bad way to spend vacation day #2!