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Magical Moments

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. – Unknown

Sunset Beach, Cape May Point, NJ Copyright 2014 Shirley Sorbello
Sunset Beach, Cape May Point, NJ
Copyright 2014 Shirley Sorbello

I returned a few days ago from a relaxing, refreshing week in Cape May, NJ. Holding on to that sense of inner peace I’ve felt since I returned becomes more difficult with each passing day, but I’m determined this time to wait a bit longer before I allow it to slip through the cracks of everyday life.

I spent a lot of time sitting on Sunset Beach at Cape May Point staring at the Delaware Bay watching the dolphins doing their spins. The sand there is filled with bits of quartzite which are polished to a brilliant shine and sold as Cape May diamonds. Off shore lies the remains of the SS Atlantis, a concrete ship from World War I that was towed to Cape May to be used as a ferry dock in 1926. In June of that year, the ship broke free of her moorings in a storm and ran aground here.

SS Atlantus, Cape May Point, NJ Copyright 2014 Shirley Sorbello
SS Atlantus, Cape May Point, NJ
Copyright 2014 Shirley Sorbello

On the cloudiest day of the week, I was enjoying the refreshing salt air on Sunset Beach when I began to see a band of sparking light along the horizon. A few minutes later the entire bay before me was covered in sparking sunlight. Several more dolphins were frolicking. Soon the sunlight faded completely and minutes later the band of light appeared again on the horizon and stretched again across the bay as the sun and clouds did their dance. This repeated a couple of more times. The picture at the top doesn’t do it justice. It looked like nature’s beauty at it’s best and felt like God had the paintbrush in His hand.

Sunset Beach, Cape May Point, NJ  Copyright 2014 Shirley Sorbello
Sunset Beach, Cape May Point, NJ
Copyright 2014 Shirley Sorbello

I had always believed that Sunset Beach was a special place because the energy there felt so positive and relaxing. Now it’s even a bit magical for me; I can’t wait to return.

How about you? Magical moments are gifts for the soul. Have you experienced any lately?

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  1. Josephine Hayden Josephine Hayden

    Hi Shirley,
    Thank you for bringing back memories of my past visits to Cape May & the Jersey Shores.
    Have many more of your relaxing moments. Jo

    • A lot of us who grew up in Jersey have wonderful memories of the shore areas. I’m happy that this post stirred some for you. Thanks for your comment, Jo.

  2. I’ve been wanting to take the ferry from Lewes to Cape May. Reading your post and looking at your images, I’m all the more determined to get there. I grew up in New Jersey and spent many happy summers at the Jersey shore, but have only passed through Cape May. Now that I know there is magic there, I’ll have to be sure to do more than pass through the next time. πŸ™‚

    • I think you would enjoy it, Robin. The ferry is a very pleasant ride. The town of Cape May has fabulous Victorian B&B’s and unique shops while the Cape May Point area (near the lighthouse) is like going back in time 50+ years and is residential and peaceful. There are nature walks at the Lighthouse Park. Hope you get to do it soon. A little off-season might be best. Thanks for your comment. πŸ™‚

  3. Johan Sebrechts Johan Sebrechts

    It must be wonderful to watch dolphins doing their spins live in nature! Did you have binocs to see them better, because i assume they didn’t approach the beach! I’ m happy for you that you had a wonderful time there! Ciao ciao! Jo.

    • It was fun to see the dolphins so active about 150 feet off the shore. Sometimes there were two or three at a time although they didn’t come out too far above the water. Unfortunately, I didn’t have binoculars with me. I appreciate your comment, Jo. Ciao!

  4. Thank you Shirley for visiting my blog. At age 79, each day becomes more precious to me. What is it about the ocean that has such a calming peace about it….Agathe πŸ™‚

    • I’m really not sure, but the motion of the waves helps a bit, and it’s beautiful to watch. Thanks so much for dropping by, Agathe! πŸ™‚

      • Your so welcome Shirley. I do enjoy meeting new folks. I feel I have an important part of history to tell from the other side of the German fence many don’t know about… Agathe πŸ™‚

  5. Two sentences. That says it all! Thank you for today’s wonderful thought.

    • I’m happy that you enjoyed the post, Catherine. Thanks for stopping by!

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