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|Delaware Bay – Friday Sep 26
We left the anchorage in Cape May, NJ at 4:00 a.m. to catch low tide in order to clear the 55-foot bridges in the Cape May. We navigated our way in the dark using the spot light to find the buoys. It also helped to have the electronic charts that show your position in reference to the channel and the channel markers. We navigated our way through the Cape May Canal and entered Delaware Bay at approximately 5:30 a.m. It was still dark and because of hazards like crab pots and oyster bed markers in the Delaware Bay, it was necessary for one of us to stand at the bow with a spot light to check for hazards. Guess who that was? It was a grueling hour and a half on the bow. Fortunately, we didn’t run across anything (literally!), and there was enough light on the bay by
6:45 a.m. to see.
|This trip, we had timed our voyage up the Delaware Bay much better than our trip north in June. We made sure we had the wind at our back, a southwester, (since we travel north up the Delaware Bay) and the current with us, about 2 knots. It made such a difference as we had very little wind, leaving the bay very calm, allowing us to make great time. We did the 50 mile stretch in under seven hours.|
|We arrived at the Delaware City Marina just after 2:00 p.m. The marina is a small friendly place located just north of the Delaware Bay and on the south tip of the Delaware River, in Delaware City. It is situated on the only remaining portion of the original C & D Canal, (Chesapeake & Delaware) and we passed Fort Delaware, on the Delaware River, the famous Civil War prison now converted to a museum. Since we were planning on heading up the Delaware River to Philadelphia, this was a perfect stop for us. Fuel was inexpensive here due to low taxes so we filled up. (Gotta love Delaware…no sales tax or income tax…unfortunately, it gets cold in the winter).
A couple pulled in behind us a few hours later, the Davidsons from Nevada. We struck up conversation with them as they were interested in the fact that we were home schooling Monica. They cheered us on for home schooling and referred to research that showed home schooled kids, in many cases, out pace their counterparts in the public school system. Later that evening, Bob Davidson dropped by a brochure about their institute. They currently fund and manage, The Davidson Institute for Talent, a philanthropic organization that funds scholarships to high school students to recognize and reward achievements of young people while encouraging them to make a positive contribution to society. They award 15 scholarships for $50,000, $25,000, and $10,000 in the areas of Science, Technology, Mathematics, Music, Literature and/or Philosophy. After reading the brochure, we understood how they could do so, Jan Davidson, a former teacher in Los Angeles, developed and founded a series of computer learning games that ultimately became the “Blaster” series, such as “Math Blaster”, “Science Blaster”, etc. It’s amazing who you meet!
|Philadelphia via the Delaware River – Sat Sep 27 through Fri. Oct 3
We left Delaware City bright and early as the forecast was for rain and high winds in the afternoon. The sail was just over 30 miles north on the Delaware River. Along the way we passed Wilmington, Delaware. It was a good sail up even though we had rain for a good part of it.
We arrived at the Philadelphia Marine Center in the rain around 2:00 p.m. The marina was located just north of the Ben Franklin Bridge and in walking distance from the historic Center City. The marina was also at the foot of the largest Dave & Busters in the world! For those who don’t know what Dave & Busters is, it’s a huge restaurant/arcade/sports bar. They have games galore for kids of all ages and in the midst of it all a pretty darn good restaurant. After visiting the Independence Seaport Museum we spent the evening playing games and enjoying dinner here.
|The Independence Seaport Museum had galleries and exhibitions of the WWII Submarine BECUNA and the only remaining vessel of the Spanish American War, Admiral Dewey’s 1892 Cruiser, Olympia. We saw ships’ artifacts, ship models, art and interactive displays of the region’s shipbuilding, naval and small craft history.
The following day, Monday a cold front moved in and it was cold! The days were in the high 40’s and the nights got into the 30’s! We spent the afternoon touring the historic Center City, stopping to visit the old post office, (still in operation) at which Ben Franklin was once Post Master General. We visited Franklin Court which includes rental homes once owned by Franklin and the Underground Museum which detailed Ben Franklin’s life and contributions in his political work and inventions.
|Seaport Museum at
Ben Franklin Bridge
|Entrance of the historic Center City|
|On Tuesday, we spent the day in the vicinity of Independence National Historical Park. We started at the visitors center that was extremely helpful in planning our day. We visited Christ Church where William Penn was baptized and Ben Franklin is now buried. We saw Carpenters’ Hall, this was the meeting site of the First Continental Congress in 1774, before Congress Hall was used. We then toured Congress Hall, the meeting place of the U.S. Congress from 1790 to 1800 when Philadelphia was the nation’s capital. We then moved on to Independence Hall, the site where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed, and the Articles of Confederation were drafted. After all this we were pooped and decided to head for the historic City Tavern for some refreshments. This tavern is a reconstruction of the tavern where delegates to the First and Second Continental Congress gathered. It is said that Franklin, Jefferson, Adams and others had hearty debates over mugs of ale.|