Today's treasure was a birthday gift, even though my birthday was in February! I firmly believe in keeping celebrations going as long as possible, and this may be a new record! Our boat was also appropriately named "Celebration"!
Two young boys gathered the group and directed us to board. "My grandfather was the captain on the ferry from Lewes, DE to Cape May, NJ and before that he was in the Coastguard", one young man noted proudly.
Breakfast was served immediately and we carried it up on deck and found a table with a view of the water. We saw our first dolphin shortly after we left the dock and they appeared frequently through out the two hour ride. The weather was ideal with the sun beaming warmly but not oppressive.
The Captain directed our attention to groups of dolphin as they appeared, in addition to sharing He said one of his most memorable experiences was watching the birth of a dolphin and seeing the mother joyfully toss it up in the air. He noted that dolphins swim in pods, not schools, and are very sociable. The average life expectancy of a dolphin in Maryland is 40 to 50 years, about the same in captivity as in the wild.
The trip was a delightful blend of relaxation, interspersed with repeated sighting the playful rompers! There is a sense of ease to their movement - and aquatic dance. A pirate ship passed by, the ferry, and numerous other boats, wave runners and surfing boards. I'll treasure the memories os this delightful experience forever!
"My mission is
to help others see and cherish the beauty,
romance and treasures within and around them
that are often dismissed or completely overlooked."
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