CAPE MAY – Before I let the rock of the waves and the hum of engines lull me off for a nice little nap on a recent crossing on the Cape May Lewes Ferry, I noticed a new promotion encouraging exploration of the "Twin Capes Region."
Instead of using the ferry only as a means of transportation to get from, say, South Jersey to the Chesapeake Bay region – without having to negotiate the traffic-laden landlubber route along I-95 – ferry-operator Delaware River and Bay Authority recommends the boat as a conduit to a day trip to explore Delaware's coastline.
Or those on the Delmarva can come over here and see what lovely Cape May County has to offer.
A new pamphlet, available when you buy your tickets, features maps and informative blurbs about places like the Wildwoods, Avalon and Sea Isle on the Jersey side and Rehoboth, Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island in Delaware.
In fact, my hubby and I were so busy chatting about the great hash browns we had for breakfast before we got on the ferry that when we got over to Lewes we missed a turn and ended up accidently taking a route through the little Delaware beach towns mentioned in the booklet. Maybe it was a subliminal decision after reading the blurbs.
Our trip south to Virginia was actually enhanced by the chance to see how New Jersey's cape twin in Delaware does its beach thing. This time of the year there was no traffic and the signal lights are mere blinkers, so it was a breeze through Bethany and Fenwick.
We made a turn inland after driving through Ocean City, Md., where we reflected on how much more we like our Ocean City in New Jersey. Interestingly, if you can head about 25 miles south of the Lewes ferry terminal, you end up in Ocean City, Md. If you travel roughly 25 miles north of the Cape May terminal, you are in Ocean City, N.J.
We got back on track after an inland turn somewhere near the middle of OCMD. If it had been closer to lunchtime, we might have set a course for a place that had the biggest jumbo lump crabmeat we ever saw (and ate) called the Captain's Galley II on the water in West Ocean City, Md.