Monday, 12 May 2014

Cape May NJ to Galloway Twnsp, NJ (77 Kms = 48 Miles)

Another really long haul for us today! We didn't leave the campground in Cape May too early. They had a reasonable 1 pm check-out time but we were lucky and squeaked out just before 12 noon!! (tsk tsk tsk).

When we were parked in Cape May, it was under a lot of maple trees and lots of little bits of sap had dropped onto Euri, plus the poor van hadn't been washed since we were in California in January (shhhhh). Doug was determined to find a car wash and so we did, about 10 minutes from where our campground was! Boy was he happy, which makes me happy!!

We are overnighting at Shady Pines Carefree RV Resort and happy that it came under the Passport America banner so it is only costing us $25. Cheap for this area. We checked in with Sandy at the office and found our site. Then we headed in to Atlantic City which is about 15 minutes away for a look-see. Boy, did we ever look & see!!

Check these pictures out:



Abescon Lighthouse

We were pretty sure that these areas had been
cleared out due to Hurricane Sandy and we were right.

Still lots of repair to do here....

And here on the boardwalk to nowhere.....

We did some research and, strangely enough, Hurricane Sandy (end of October 2012) did not destroy the casinos and hotels that sit on the very front of the boardwalk. The residential areas and homes were hit pretty hard though with damage and flooding. In fact, the news media got a hold of the fact that some of the boardwalk was damaged. That was actually about 1/2 mile away from the casino area in an area where the boardwalk was already deteriorating. Apparently, the news media played the pictures over and over and the tourism board of Atlantic City got quite upset because they were scaring away visitors, quite badly.  It seems that it took about 7 months to convince people that the boardwalk was not destroyed.
The hotels were closed for about 1 week and then they really needed people to come back.  Said Liza Cartmell, President of Atlantic City Alliance:
"We have 40,000 people whose livelihoods depend on these casinos. They are the ones who were impacted at home, where their homes
may have been flooded. They need their jobs and income
in order to rebuild," Cartmell says.  
Nice to see it all back up and operational.....


What we did not like was how the big casinos and resorts took over the waterfront. I am sure that many years ago it was a beautiful seashore but the economy beckons.....


A stop for a cool one....

Part of one of the hotels.... 
Right on the boardwalk there was a nice memorial to the Korean War
"Freedom is Not Free". Do you remember seeing that on our
Washington DC pictures?



Back on the boardwalk again, it is miles of this....
The Boardwalk starts at Absecon Inlet in the north and runs along the beach south-west to the city limit 4 miles (6.4 km) away then continues 1 1⁄2 miles (2.4 km) into Ventnor City. I would estimate that the part we walked on was about 2 miles one way and then we turned around and came back but you could see it went on and on!


This family got swarmed by seagulls as they walked
with an open container of French fries!!
The very famous Atlantic City Fair. It is located on the Steel Pier,
right in front of the Trump Hotel. Wasn't open yet. Memorial Day weekend I imagine...
Back area of the Trump Taj Mahal Hotel....
It did allow us a lovely, higher up view of the boardwalk....

Further along, on our way back, we noticed a large wooden sculpture. Using boardwalk boards salvaged during Sandy’s aftermath—from Long Beach, New York; Sea Girt, New Jersey; and Atlantic City. A nice way to bring the community together and a real gathering spot for many! 

Hope you can see the shape of the heart.....
Nothing like a little art to help heal the soul....

Also, we noticed some cats coming out from under the boardwalk from time to time. AC has a great program, described below. They ask you not to feed the cats because they have volunteers that feed them and monitor them. They also catch them and have them spayed or neutered and vaccinated. Then they return them to the same area. Nice that they are looking after the animals too. They get two thumbs up from us for those efforts....
We really enjoyed our 3 hours of walking around Atlantic City. We can now say we have been there and when someone talks about it, we will understand the lay of the land. It was fun but it was enough for us!!
Here we are, all set up for the night in spot #73. It isn't hard to find us beside the insanely barking dog. I think the gentleman in the trailer is deaf as he doesn't seem to mind it. It has gone on now for about 1-1/2 hours......good thing this is an overnighter!! 

On the positive side, the bathroom building is right beside us!!
So, tomorrow morning we are out of here. We are heading for Jersey City NJ. Now, that may not sound too exciting but it is right across the harbour from NEW YORK CITY!!!! In fact, the park is part of a marina and, we are told, you can see the Statue of Liberty right from the park!! Super excited. It is roughly 111 miles from here to NYC so we can likely count on about 3-4 hours commuting time......
This will be our last "big" destination city. When we planned this trip we picked 5 cities that we felt were "not to be missed" and this was one of them. Can you remember the other 4?? New Orleans (boy, that was a long time ago, huh?), Memphis, Nashville, Washington DC and New York City.
Seems almost surreal that we are this far along in the trip, doesn't it?? 
So, wish us luck navigating our way into the Big Apple(ish) area. This is one of the times we are glad to be driving just our little Euri. Makes getting around much easier!! We will be staying at Liberty Harbor RV Park. It looks to be pretty much like a paved parking lot. It has good security and all the finer features we need for a 3 night stay. That gives us two full days touring NYC.
We are ready but is New York City ready for us?????
Thought for the Day: The world is full of nice people. If you can't find one, be one....


  1. Now I really am envious - the Big Apple - wow. I don't know how long you're planning to stay, but I know for a fact that you're going to love it. There's just so much to see and do; and, just walking down the street or sitting in a coffee shop or on a park bench will bring opportunities to learn and enjoy NYC. Have a super time and take lots of photos to share.
    I could hardly believe that Euri hadn't had a bath for such a long time. Every time I've ever seen Euri, he looks spic and span. Have fun great friends; I'll be following along faithfully. Hugs

    1. I know!! THE Big Apple. We can hardly believe it either. Although our visit will only allow 2 days we will squeeze everything we can out of that time!! Camera is charging!!

  2. Looking forward to your visit to "the city"! Every time we go back, I like it a little more. I want to spend a month there!

    1. It is incredible how much there is to see there. We will do our best!!

  3. We love your stories! Thanks for sharing. Have fun in NYC.