Waiting for Twilight

Those of you who have followed me for a while know that one of my favorite local places is Riverwinds, in West Deptford, NJ. It’s a place where I go to relax, think and renew my spirit as I stare at the Delaware River flowing by.

Across the river is the busy Philadelphia airport, far enough away that only occasionally are my thoughts interrupted by the sounds of a jet engine.  In the last photo,  the warm glow of sunset has faded, and night is descending on the city of Philadelphia as the lights begin to come on.

It’s important to have a go-to place when we need a little clarity in our lives. There’s nothing like sitting by the water to give life a little perspective (for me at least).

 

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Return to Cape May

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Sunset at the Point

Summer would not be complete without my annual trip to Cape May. Actually, I usually travel there the last week of spring to avoid some of the craziness of the crowds that later flock to the Cape May area. My favorite part of Cape May is Cape May Point which is a mile or so outside of the quaint Victorian town. This is the area where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Delaware Bay. It is primarily a residential community with only one store/restaurant, a post office and many churches.

Catholic Church, Cape May Pont

Catholic Church, Cape May Point

Last week, my daughter and I stayed at a cottage on Lake Lily, a thirteen-acre, fresh water lake with a colorful history. Apparently it was a special watering hole for the Kechemeche Indians. Rumors of British soldiers and Captain Kidd are intertwined in its history.  Recent efforts by the Friends of Lake Lily have kept it a peaceful, healthy retreat for both humans and wildlife. I spent many relaxing moments sitting on this bench. I have to say that as much as I love sitting by the ocean, I found it more peaceful here.

View from Cottage

View from Cottage

Swans on Lily Lake

Swans on Lily Lake

Lake Lily

Lake Lily

Here are some of my photos at the point including the remnants of the S.S. Atlantus, the concrete ship that sunk off the coast in 1926. For some reason, I feel compelled to take one of the wreckage each year even though it doesn’t change very much.

S.S. Atlantus

S.S. Atlantus

At Cape May Point

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At Cape May Point

Cape May Point

Cape May Point

At Cape May Point

This area has a few excellent wineries which are fun to visit when the weather is not ideal. We spent an hour or so relaxing at nearby Willow Creek Winery.

Willow Creek Winery

Willow Creek Winery

At Willow Creek Winery

At Willow Creek Winery

Recently, I discovered that my great-great grandparents retired to Cape May Point back in the 1870s after a life on the farm in Burlington County. Unfortunately, the 1880 census does not give the street address.  One of the fun things we did was to eat in a French New Orleans restaurant at 410 Bank Street in the town of Cape May, a house where their grandson, and my first cousin 2x removed, lived in 1920. Maybe this family connection partially explains why I’m drawn here again and again.

410 Bank Street

410 Bank Street

So how about you? Do you have any fun summer plans?

There’s Still Magic at Cape May Point

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Recently I spent a week in Cape May Point, New Jersey hoping to find the magic that I wrote about last year in Magical Moments. Although this trip with my daughter was just as fun and relaxing, I still hadn’t experienced that deep sense of inner peace and connection with “all there is” that I had found there previously…until the night before we left.

I love when the sun or moon sparkles on the water. It speaks to the innermost part of me in ways I can’t describe. Frolicking dolphins are a sure sign that there’s magic in the air. This is when it began for me, about an hour before sunset on Sunset Beach.

Frolicking Dolphin

Frolicking Dolphin

 I looked at the water through the lens of my camera and the magic began (at least for me).

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach

 

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach

 

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach

It’s exciting to catch a wave crashing on the shore.

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach

Just before I left I had to capture this from the parking lot.

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach

 

I hope you enjoyed sharing my special memories of Sunset Beach! Have you been to a beach lately? Any special moments you’d like to share?