We left Cape May and traveled up the Atlantic to Atlantic City on Saturday, June 6. Our trip was fairly comfortable with winds at 10 – 15 mph and one to two foot waves. Just a little rolling as we “surfed” on following seas.
We chose to stay at a funky marina called Kammerman’s because the ratings and prices were reasonable and it was not near the casinos. It turned out that the marina was a little smaller and more rustic than we expected. It did not have floating docks which is not always a problem unless you are required to climb a dock six feet up with no ladder when the tide turns. We started to look longingly at the modern marina across the way that backed up to two casinos! You get what you pay for!
That evening we took a long walk to a restaurant in a non-touristy part of Atlantic City called Gardner Basin. We were able to sit outside and enjoy a pretty good meal. Jonny tried one of the local “specialties” called Taylor Pork Roll which he thought tasted like bologna! This part of Atlantic City is experiencing extensive redevelopment and many of the newly renovated row-type houses were on or across from the water. Atlantic City has struggled over the last several years as many casinos have closed and the job market is very poor.
We were leaving the boat there for five nights while we traveled back to Ponte Vedra. We sold our house and needed to return to pack our remaining belongings, sign the closing documents and attend to various doctors’ and hair appointments. It was sad to leave our beautiful home for the last time. We will treasure the 13 happy years we spent there raising Stephanie, celebrating so many holidays and entertaining family and friends.
We want to give a special thank you to Alex and Natalie Costas for having us stay at their comfy home and making us feel like family!
When we returned to the boat at 2 a.m. on Thursday morning, we discovered that the floor of our second head (the one that still worked) was covered with water. It turns out that we now have two broken heads. Jonny spend part of the next day figuring out what was wrong and jury-rigging a way for us to continue to use it until we can get it fixed (along with the other one)! Good thing we don’t have guests visiting right now!