Fun Activities in Delaware's Cape Henlopen State Park

The nature path at Gordon's Pond has great views of wetlands and of the WWII towers.
The nature path at Gordon's Pond has great views of wetlands and of the WWII towers. | Source

Cape Henlopen State Park Photos

Seaside Nature Trail
Seaside Nature Trail | Source
Small Pond at Start of Seaside Nature Trail
Small Pond at Start of Seaside Nature Trail | Source
Close-up of dragonfly.
Close-up of dragonfly. | Source

Ferry and Lighthouse

View of the ferry boat and Delaware Breakwater East End Lighthouse as seen from the Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier.
View of the ferry boat and Delaware Breakwater East End Lighthouse as seen from the Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier. | Source
Students with nets wade into the Delaware Bay at low tide looking for marine animals.
Students with nets wade into the Delaware Bay at low tide looking for marine animals. | Source

Cape Henlopen State Park is a Delaware Treasure

Cape Henlopen State Park is in Lewes, Delaware at the juncture of the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Stunning views, miles of paved multipurpose trails, a World War II fort with concrete observation tower, interpretive hiking trails, a fishing pier and nature center are just a few of the recreational activities it has to offer. With an entrance fee of just $4.00 per vehicle for Delaware residents and $8.00 for non-residents, the park is one of the most economical and fun ways to visit the Delaware shore. It's also a great place to learn about the history of this region and its plant and wild life.

My husband and I "discovered" this Delaware treasure when we relocated to southern Delaware a decade ago and asked a neighbor where to go fishing. He recommended we fish off the Cape Henlopen State Park Fishing Pier and as we did so we could see the Cape May Lewes Ferry boats going in and out of the Lewes terminal. It was then that we realized how many times we'd ridden on that same ferry when our son, David, was a child and we were en-route from our New York State home to vacations spent in North Carolina's Outer Banks, never knowing that had we driven one mile out of our way, we could have visited Cape Henlopen State Park and taken a dip in the ocean, showered in the bath house and picnicked by the pavilion, breaking up the monotony of the long drive to the Outer Banks.

Though we missed enjoying this park with David when he was a child, I had a bit of a role reversal one day when David used his day off from work to teach me how to roller-blade on the beautiful winding pathway that snakes through the park. My husband was nervous about my learning to roller-blade at the age of 50, but David assured him he'd "take care of me." And he kept his word. After making sure I had all my protective equipment on he gently took hold of my elbow and with much patience and skill began teaching me how to roller-blade. I didn't mind that little kids were whizzing past us because I realized that it's never too late to experience the magic of learning a new skill. By the time David let go of my elbow and I took off on my own, I experienced a thrill akin to the first time I'd learned how to ride a two wheel bicycle, only this was better because I'd learned how to ride a bike by myself and this time I had the guidance of my strong, adult son who was an ice hockey athlete and avid roller-blader.

After a few hours of instruction, David felt confident that I knew how to stand up, speed up, slow down and stop and we skated back to the parking lot. The sun was starting to set and we walked out to the end of the pier and enjoyed the stunning view. That day is a memory I'll cherish forever. The park had brought us together in a healthy, shared activity at a time when mother and adult son rarely spent time together.

The rest of this article will discuss other activities that kids and adults can enjoy together at Cape Henlopen State Park.


Visit the Seaside Nature Center

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Seaside Nature Center Touch Tank Photos

An upside down horseshoe crab.
An upside down horseshoe crab. | Source
Kids love the touch tank.
Kids love the touch tank. | Source
A seahorse swims in an aquarium.
A seahorse swims in an aquarium. | Source

See Aquariums and Touch Tank Inside the Seaside Nature Center

After entering the park follow signs to the Seaside Nature Center. Admission to this air conditioned building is free and it's a great place to learn about the area's native wild and plant life, tidal creeks salt marshes and sea life.

The nature center features marine aquariums, including five 1,000 gallon tanks with local fish and natural history exhibits. It also has a touch tank that allows kids and curious adults to touch large brown horseshoe crabs, whelk, snails and other small sea creatures.

When you finish viewing the exhibits you can browse the gift shop for souveniers, children's toys and books and pick up a free map of the entire park. You can also borrow a free bike from the Friends Park Pedal program. The bikes are stored in a barn next door to the center.

Other programs that can be accessed at the Seaside Nature Center include hayrides, guided nature walks and hikes, birding trips, preschool programs, school programs and children's vacation workshops.

The Seaside Nature Center is open daily from June 15 through September 5, from 9 a.m. to 4p.m. You can call the center at 302-645-6852 for additional information about visiting hours and programs.


Friends of Cape Henlopen Bike Barn Next to Seaside Nature Center

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Bikes Loans Are Free Outside the Seaside Nature Center

Bikes for the whole family can be accessed for free at the Seaside Nature Center and there are miles of paved multipurpose trails that wind throughout the park. I suggest riding to Fort Miles and the World War II observation tower, then up to Herring Point for some breathtaking views of the park and ocean. Make sure you get a map from the Seaside Nature Center before you go exploring by bike.

Climb World War II Observation Tower

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Views from Observation Tower at Cape Henlopen

Panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean and the restored Fort Miles barracks which can be seen to the left of the photo.
Panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean and the restored Fort Miles barracks which can be seen to the left of the photo. | Source

Cape Henlopen State Park Observation Tower

Child at top of  Observation Tower
Child at top of Observation Tower | Source
View of another tower as seen from the top of the open observation tower.
View of another tower as seen from the top of the open observation tower. | Source

Stairs Inside the Observation Tower

Winding Stairs Inside the Observation Tower
Winding Stairs Inside the Observation Tower | Source

Climb the Observation Tower and visit Fort Miles Barracks

The 75 foot observation tower is a great place to cool off and enjoy panoramic views of the park and ocean. It is one of 11 towers built during World War II along Delaware's coast line and it was part of Fort Miles, a huge fortress concealed deep in the sand dunes of what is now known as Cape Henlopen State Park. Fort Miles was activated in 1941 and disarmed in 1945. At its peak, it was one of the most heavily fortified lands in the world and boasted two 16-inch naval guns and three four-gun batteries of 90mm to be used against torpedo boats. Though not a single shot was ever fired in defense, this fortress was heavily armed and guarded and was designed to keep the enemy from mobilizing along the U.S. beach in a manner similar to the invasion at Normandy. The fort successfully did its main function of guarding the vital shipping channel of the Delaware Bay. Some barracks and gun batteries have been restored and can be toured by visitors to the park.

The towers can still be seen as one drives along the Delaware coast but at present, only the observation tower at Cape Henlopen is open to the public. Like the other towers, it took 8 days to build and it has 1-foot-thick walls made from a mixture of poured concrete and sand and is cylindrical in shape, measuring 17 feet in diameter. It currently has a circular metal staircase similar to those found inside lighthouses but during WW II the metal stairs were ladder like structures that went straight up to the top. The climb is well worth the effort and because the steps are wide it is easy to take young children up them.

Delaware WWII Reenactors at Fort Miles

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During the 2013 Annual Delaware Goes to War Reenactment at the Fort Miles Historic Area, 100 WWII reenactors gathered to stage a reenactment of the German submarine surrender at Fort Miles in 1945. This striking couple posed for me. The WW IIunes band played wonderful songs from the era such as "I'll be Seeing You."The barracks were full of WWII equipment, all owned by the individual reenactors. Soldiers drove through the area in jeeps reenacting maneuvers. This jeep broke down and reenactors gathered round to fix it. Battery 519 was open to the public and had docents on hand to provide information.
During the 2013 Annual Delaware Goes to War Reenactment at the Fort Miles Historic Area, 100 WWII reenactors gathered to stage a reenactment of the German submarine surrender at Fort Miles in 1945.
During the 2013 Annual Delaware Goes to War Reenactment at the Fort Miles Historic Area, 100 WWII reenactors gathered to stage a reenactment of the German submarine surrender at Fort Miles in 1945. | Source
This striking couple posed for me.
This striking couple posed for me. | Source
The WW IIunes band played wonderful songs from the era such as "I'll be Seeing You."
The WW IIunes band played wonderful songs from the era such as "I'll be Seeing You." | Source
The barracks were full of WWII equipment, all owned by the individual reenactors.
The barracks were full of WWII equipment, all owned by the individual reenactors. | Source
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Soldiers drove through the area in jeeps reenacting maneuvers.
Soldiers drove through the area in jeeps reenacting maneuvers. | Source
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This jeep broke down and reenactors gathered round to fix it.
This jeep broke down and reenactors gathered round to fix it. | Source
Battery 519 was open to the public and had docents on hand to provide information.
Battery 519 was open to the public and had docents on hand to provide information. | Source

Fishing Pier

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Surf Fishing Area

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Fishing in Cape Henlopen State Park

The Cape Henlopen State Park Fishing Pier is a quarter-mile-long and juts out over the Delaware Bay, is handicap accessible and has an adjacent bait and tackle concession which sells fishing supplies and snack foods. If you are 16 years of age or older, you must have a Delaware fishing license and current FIN number and keep it with you while fishing, crabbing or clamming and must abide by size and bag limits, crabbing and clamming limits. Licensing information and restrictions can be found online at the Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control website, www.fw.delaware.gov.

There is also a surf fishing beach within Cape Henlopen State Park but it is only accessible by four-wheel drive vehicles that have a current surf fishing vehicle permit. Permit holders must be actively engaged in surf fishing while on the beach. Dune crossovers allow pedestrian and vehicle access to the designated fishing areas. Surf fishing vehicle permits are available at the Cape Henlopen State Park office and online at the above mentioned, DNREC website, www.fw.delaware.gov. Purchasers will receive additional rules and safety requirements.

Kayak in the Delaware Bay

Experienced kayakers enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Experienced kayakers enjoy the beautiful scenery. | Source

Kayak Rentals Available Near the Fishing Pier

My great nephew, Brett,  likes to kayak.. He was coming back in here, and shoes and vest were removed.
My great nephew, Brett, likes to kayak.. He was coming back in here, and shoes and vest were removed. | Source

Bring Your Own Kayak or Rent One by the Fishing Pier and Picnic Pavilion

Launch your own kayak from the beach next to the Cape Henlopen State Park Fishing Pier and paddle toward the Inner Breakwater and the Henlopen Lighthouse. Kayakers can look down into the clear water and observe schools of minnows and horseshoe crabs crawling on the bottom and on some days they may be lucky enough to see dolphins. The area also offers bird watching opportunities.

Kayak rentals are also available and are sit-on-top style so paddlers should dress to get wet. Secure footwear is required, close-toed shoes recommended and no flip-flops are allowed. Kayaks are rented by the half-hour at a rate of $15 for a single and $30 for a tandem. Children between the ages of 8 to 13 must be in a tandem kayak with a paying adult and those between the ages of 14 to 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Kayak rentals are available Wednesday through Sunday 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. from June 18 – August 21, 2011 and only on Saturdays in September during those same hours. As this information may change due to weather and at the discretion of the park, please call (302) 645-6852 or (302) 644-6720 to confirm that the above times and dates are still accurate and available.


Anyone Want to Swim in the Ocean?

Entrance to Atlantic Ocean by Herring Point.
Entrance to Atlantic Ocean by Herring Point. | Source
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Go For a Family Swim in the Refreshingly Cool Atlantic Ocean

There are two beaches that are open to swimming at the park with lifeguard patrols on duty between Memorial and Labor Day weekends.

There is also a modern bath house with showers, changing rooms and snack bar located at the northern beach. There is no additional fee to use these facilities.

Whiskey Beach has a colorful history. Some say it was a rendezvous for rumrunners during prohibition.
Whiskey Beach has a colorful history. Some say it was a rendezvous for rumrunners during prohibition. | Source
Deer grazing in field.
Deer grazing in field. | Source

Play Disc Golf With the Whole Family

A disc golf course provides a unique recreational opportunity for Cape Henlopen State Park visitors of all ages and skill levels. This sport is a fun activity for the whole family and is easy to play. The objective of the game is to throw the disc into a chain basket that rests on a pole. The number of throws needed to land the disc in the basket is the score for the hole.

The Cape Henlopen Disc Golf Course weaves up, down and around sand dunes and through a maze of scruff pines. There is lots of wildlife nearby and during the summer tiny lizards can be seen running around the course and a heard of deer can usually be seen in the field across from the nature center. Golf discs are for sale at the Seaside Nature Center.

The average rating given by disc golf enthusiasts for this course in the DG (Disc Golf) Online Course Review was 3 out of 5. To view specific reviews go to: http://dgcoursereview.com/reviews.php?id=334&mode=rev


Season Passes Are Available or Visit Cape Henlopen for Free in the Off Season

Hope you have enjoyed your time at Cape Henlopen State Park. As you can see from this hub there are so many things to do here that you may want to return again and again. Consider purchasing a season pass which runs from May 1 to October 31 and costs $27 per in-state vehicle and $54 per out-of-state vehicles.

Or return for free anytime during the off season as the park remains open all year round (though many of the activities may not be available and the winter months may be cold).

This Hub was a Fan Faves Contest Nominee

Am honored that this hub was chosen as a Fan Faves Favorite nominee. Although it didn't win, I appreciate the votes it did garnish from my Hub Pages and Facebook friends. A great big thanks to each of you who voted or tried to vote for this hub during the last week in July 2011.

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FloraBreenRobison profile image

FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

Never been to Deleware before. It looks beautiful. Official parks are wonderful places to visit.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi FloraBreenRobison,

So glad you liked this hub and hope you get to visit our Delaware beaches and especially Cape Henlopen State Park some day. Thanks for taking time to leave a comment.


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Looks beautiful! I just got from fishing on the Texas coast. My brother has an ocean kayak that we fish with, but the surf was too rough.

Off the fishing pier, have people caught sharks? Have any great whites come close to shore? The swimming beaches, are they netted? Just curious. Voted up across the board!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

The park pictures are beautiful and I love the roller blade story. I think you are a braver woman than I! Rated up and awesome.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi A.A. Zavala,

Thanks for commenting so quickly. I've never been to the Texas coast nor kayaking in the ocean. I stick to calmer waters like lakes and the bay when I kayak, but it sounds like your ocean kayak trip must have been an adventure just staying afloat!

People catch sand sharks off the Cape Henlopen State Park Pier frequently but I've never heard of anyone catching other sharks that close to shore. Don't think there's any netted beaches and if a great white has ever come that close to shore here, I haven't heard about it yet.

The movie Jaws years ago was about as close as I ever want to come to seeing a great white. That movie made me scared of the ocean every time they'd show advertisements or re-runs for it on TV! I'd still venture into the water but the movie theme from Jaws would be playing in my head.

I do think they've been sighted away from our immediate coastline at times and I know the deep sea fishermen in this area sometimes catch other kinds of sharks.

Thanks for the vote up. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Pamela99,

So glad you liked the hub and pictures. I don't know if it was bravery or stupidity that made me start roller-blading at 50 years old, but I do know it was fun for a few years. Now that I'm nearly 60 I don't do it anymore.

I gave my skates to my son's girlfriend 2 years ago. Didn't trust myself on them anymore. Kept thinking I might break a hip if I fell. I'd taken a nasty spill that only bruised my hip but it was enough to catch my attention as to the risks of roller blading at this age. Decided to quit while I was still intact!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Okay, this is another item on my "to visit" list. Thanks to folks like you it keeps growing. But I love to travel and will get to this one perhaps next summer.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Hyphenbird,

Yeah, travel is great. My list of places to visit has also been growing since joining Hub Pages. Glad you enjoyed the hub. Cape Henlopen State Park really is a cool place to visit.

Thanks for taking time to read and leave a comment. Your support is very much appreciated.


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vietnamvet68 5 years ago from New York State

Hi Gail looks like a beautiful place to visit and you took some lovely pictures.Looks like a beautiful white sandy beach.

God Bless


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

So happy to see a comment from you, Vietnamvet, and I really appreciate the feedback. Glad you liked the pictures and, yes, the beach does have beautiful white sand. Like you and Bobbi, I really enjoy the great outdoors whether it be at the beach, a lake, or in the mountains.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California

Nice job here HBN! Your images are awesome and the shores look so inviting. My fave shot is the little family heading down the trail to the beach with that bushy dog tail trotting right along side-- so cute!

Cheers~

K9


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome K9keystrokes,

Glad you liked my hub and were so persistent about getting here. I just read your profile and found out your hubber name is inspired by your love of dogs so it's not surprising that the photo with the bushy tailed dog was your favorite. He was very friendly and as happy as his "human" family to be at the beach.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Cape Henlopen State Park is beautiful, and so are your photos! What a perfect place to visit on a warm summer's day!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Thanks Simone. Am so glad you enjoyed the photos. I had a lot of fun taking them and it gave me a good excuse to spend another lovely day in the park.


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Rose West 5 years ago from Michigan

Very cool - you make me miss Delaware!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Wow! This is an awesome hub, Gail. I loved the story of learning to roller blade from your son. You rock! (hee hee, I've been considering it myself for exercise but far too chicken-afraid of breaking a writst or something) I admire you for that. Loved the photos. Rated up/awesome/beautiful/interesting...well across :)


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Thanks Denise. I gave my roller blades away two years ago to my son's girlfriend. I'd taken a nasty spill that only bruised my hip but it was enough to catch my attention as to the risks of roller blading at this age. Decided to quit while I was still intact!

Glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks so much for the vote up.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Rose West,

I hope you'll get back to Delaware for a visit.

Thanks for taking time to read my hub and leave a comment.


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danfresnourban 5 years ago from Fresno, CA

I loved this hub, it was extremely thorough and very informative. The part that hit home for me was your description of learning to rollerblade there. Those are fond memories that you cherish. This park is forever intertwined with those memories. Places are important to us, not because the dirt that is there, or the plants or water, places become important to us because of the memories we associate with them. Usually they are memories that involve people we care about.

I hope I can visit this park someday, and I hope someone special to me is there to enjoy it with me. Thanks for sharing


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Thanks so much for your lovely and insightful comment, Danfresnourban, it's greatly appreciated.

I totally agree that it's the memories of time spent with those we love that truly makes a place special and hope you're able to enjoy Cape Henlopen State Park one day with someone who's dear to your heart.


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

Very cool and what a neat place to visit! Congrats on making it to the Fab 14 and best of luck to ya~


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Thanks so much for the congrats Akirchner, I didn't realize this was nominated for the Fab 14 but greatly appreciate you noticing and leaving me such a lovely comment.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Looks like a great place to visit HBN, I have all these great vacation spots bookmarked now I have just pack up. You did such a thorough researching job and the information is very easy to understand, even for me...Good Job! Up and Useful!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Thanks so much for the encouraging words and vote up, Chatkath, they really mean a lot to me. I've been bookmarking vacation spots for potential future visits also, including the Fioli Gardens that you so eloquently wrote about.


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JSParker 5 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

Congratulations on making it to the fab 14 in the contest! What wonderful photographs you have! Good luck! Voted beautiful! and Up!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi JSParker,

Thanks so much for the congratulations and the vote up. Am glad you liked the photographs and enjoyed the hub.


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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

You continually lure me to the east coast with your amazing hubs. I hope that one day I can get there. I love the pictures and you are right, what an economical trip! I love finding great treasures for cheap and you have definitely found one here. Congrats on your nomination. :) I'm not sure that I will be able to stand up to this great competition this week either!


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WannaB Writer 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

This is the sort of place I would have liked to take my children. Great hub, and definitely worthy of being in this week's fan favs. Congrats on making it this far in the competition. Good luck in the voting.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment, Cardlean. Yes, there have been many great hubs written lately about places to travel and I think it's getting all of us dreaming about going places we've never been before. Traveling economically certainly helps. Like you, I always look for coupons, discounts, etc.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi WannaB Writer,

Thanks so much for the congrats and the good luck wishes. I really appreciate it. Glad you enjoyed the hub.


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

Very, very nice pictures. So inviting and the area looks like a lot of fun. I'd love to visit one day. Great hub.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Thanks BobbiRant,

So glad you liked the pictures. The area is a lot of fun and there's so much to do here. The state of Delaware usually sponsors an Author's Day every fall and authors from all over come and sell their books and give seminars. Don't know if they're doing it this year, due to budget cut-backs, but it's a great opportunity for authors like yourself to promote their books.


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

What a sweet story of your son teaching you to roller blade. Those times alone with our adult children are precious aren't they? I have never been able to skate - on ice or the street so I'd probably fall on my butt if I tried rollerblading.

Voted for this hub in the Fan Faves contest - good luck!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Wow, I'm honored that you voted for it, Danette. Thanks so much!

I agree that times alone with our adult children are prescious cause they're so rare.

I don't roller blade anymore cause I did fall on my butt/hip and was lucky I didn't break any bones- just had a gigantic bruise and took it as a sign to stop least I end up needing hip surgery! But the roller blading was really fun for a number of years.

Thanks again for your vote.


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RNMSN 5 years ago from Tucson, Az

tis is not the only thing I have voted you one :)

and tis is so cool/talked it over with my David and he said, oh yea, the turrets were there to watch for japanese submarines!!!and he has been all over this beach...said it was not as crowded as Rehoboth..

loved this article!! very rofessional Gail!! you rock!!

much love and great hopes for a win!!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome my dear friend, Barbara. Many thanks for your vote and your ongoing support of all my writings. You make me laugh and smile with your upbeat comments.

Your David does remember it well and yes there were enemy submarines in the area. The park beaches are generally less crowded than the Rehoboth beaches and with my season's pass, entry with a car load of my out of state visitors is free and I don't have to pay for parking. Summer weekends at the park can be very crowded though so I either go early or plan visits for a weekday.

So glad you liked the hub and even talked to your David about it!

Thanks again for the vote!


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danfresnourban 5 years ago from Fresno, CA

Congratulations on making it as a finalist on the Fan Favorite contest. I knew this hub was a winner when I first saw it.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hello again, Danfresnourban,

Thanks so much for coming back to congratulate me on making it to the finalists. I really appreciate it. Didn't get enough votes to get into the Tug of War, but I was really honored to make it as a finalist.

You're certainly off to a great start at Hub Pages and I know it won't be long before you get some of your hubs featured.


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danfresnourban 5 years ago from Fresno, CA

Thanks.

Maybe i was gloating about your hub, i remember being quite impressed when i first read it. I felt vindicated when i noticed it on the list of contenders.


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kimh039 5 years ago

South Carolina has been our vacation destination, but we've been talking about seeing more of the northeast. I can't imagine a vacation without the beach, so Cape Henlopen is a great idea. Thanks Happyboomernurse:)


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Kim,

Our Delaware beaches are some of the cleanest in the country and the beach in Cape Henlopen State Park is non-commercial. Your grand-daughter would love it by the time she's 3 or older.

Thanks for taking time to leave a comment.


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ellahall2011 5 years ago

A MUST-VISIT places! Love the pictures. They really urge me to plan for a vacation and spend summer sometime! Thanks.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

HBN, what a wonderful place! It is absolutely beautiful. I almost moved to Deleware once with my parents. I have never heard of this place so it has been very interesting. This is such a useful article. You defined it perfect. It is always great to learn something new. Well done. Up, useful, and awesome.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Ellahall2011,

So glad you enjoyed the hub and the southern Delaware beaches are a wonderful area to visit, especially in summer, early fall and late spring. Hope you do get a chance to visit sometime.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Lyricwriter,

Hubby and I moved to southern Delaware a decade ago and absolutely love it. We buy a season's pass for Cape Henlopen State Park and go there frequently as there's so much to do and the beaches are great.

Thanks so much for the vote up and your ongoing support. It means a lot to me.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi Gail,

Another beautiful gem for us to enjoy.

You are a great photographer and I love all these hubs of your and bookmark.

I have a nice collection now but room for many more.

Take care my dear friend and I wish you a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Eddy,

So glad you enjoyed it! I'm honored that you've added it to your bookmarked collection!

Sending Hub Hugs Across the Miles,

Gail


femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

Boomer,

Good grief! I started with one of your hubs, and after clicking three links to OTHER hubs, I'm ALMOST back to where I started, lol! You've got my pulse rate up, and I'm only sitting at my desk, lol!!

No worries, 'cause I'm not fussing! The links were great, and I'm way happy you included them!

David gets a gold star for teaching you how to blade, and 50 is as good a time to start as any! Woot! Woot!

I loveeee rollerblading! It's easier than traditional skating, and you have more options of where you can skate with them. So far, only one of my cycle packmates have bladed with me, but as they say, hope springs eternal.

Also, thanks for including the cycle shots in the hub. And, thank you for them NOT being skinny-tire cycles, lol. I tried to zoom in on the first bike shot, but wasn't able to increase it. The tires look wide though, and the bike's equipped with bull horns. Skinny-tire cyclists seldom equip their bikes with bull horns. They tend to prefer ram horns. :p Nice shot of the cruiser as well. They've got some very cool new retro-cruisers out this year, and for folks who like to just roll around on pavement at an easy pace, they're a good investment. (I would not be the sort who would enjoy a cruiser, but I understand why other peeps might.)

I skated often when I first got back to Texas, along the Trinity Trail, but the skinny-tire riders eventually became so frustrating, that I stopped. Of all the ones I've encountered, which has been many, I've come across four of them that showed decent sportsmanship.

I set my blades aside and started mountain biking again, and still encountered issues with the skinny-tire riders, before I found the local off-road single-track trails to ride on. But, the mountain bike finally made the encounters less frustrating when we've had weather, and I have to ride on pavement until the trails dry out.

Many of the speed-cyclists here are more concerned with keeping up their MPH than they are with the safety of others using the trail, and expect everyone else to move out of their way. Often they ride in groups, and want to ride two abreast, and the trail isn't wide enough to accommodate an encounter with anyone coming from the opposite direction. They usually expect mountain bike cyclists to simply get off the trail so they can have a wider area and maintain their speed.

I finally decided I was all through giving way, and ended up in a "chicken" game with a set of them. My decision was, my bike was heavier, and the guys on the skinny-tires were no taller, or as muscular as I was, and if we hit, it'd do more damage to them, than it would me.

They waited 'til the last moment, but they moved over, lol.

Thankfully, my packmates and I have never encountered that sort of attitude amongst the mountain bikers in the area. We ride much smaller trails, there is no room to pass on single-tracks, and we all have to ride in the same direction.

For all that, we've never even come close to a collision with other mountain bikers here.

I would love to visit this park, but I believe I would need at least three days there. One for blading, one for cycling, and one for some water-time with a kayak!

Loved the hub! Can ya tell? (Grin!)

femme


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Femme,

What an entertaining and funny comment! I hope you write a hub about mountain bikers vs. skinny tire bikers. I'm sure it would be a real hoot (or have you written one already?)

You would love Cape Henlopen and the whole area. The only thing we don't have in Delaware is mountains but Cape Henlopen has the big man made sand dune so at least there's hills there. (smile)

Yeah, David does deserve a gold star for teaching me. He lives in South Carolina now but still rollerblades.

Thanks for your feedback and for bringing a smile to my face this morning.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

Boomer,

I haven't written an article on skinny-tire riders, but I've brought them, and their attitude, up in my Pack Rides blog a couple of times.

I've been collecting photos I've taken of bikes and cyclists when I'm out and about, and adding them to the blog's guest gallery and haven't excluded the skinny-tire riders. I'm glad their biking, even if they're not riding the same sort of rig I prefer.

I'm hoping that it will extend a bit of the "Can't we all just get along" attitude between the speed-riders and the rest of us.

I'm also hoping the ones who come across our pack's blog will realize they're getting mileage and speed out of a ride, but see all the great stuff they're missing if their rides are confined to pavement.

The ultimate thrill I've gotten in doing the blog has been in receiving several emails from people throughout the country who've come across the blog via links posted on FB, or wherever, by friends. They read the blog and scanned through the photo galleries, and wrote to me to let me know they felt excited and inspired enough to either invest in a bike and start cylcling, or knock the dust off of the one they already owned and started riding again.

I can't seem to get them to leave comments, but the emails they've sent me are terriffic, lol.

As long as it's inspiring them, I'm happy with the results. :)

I DO love the idea of an article on mountain biking vs. skinny-tire cycling. I think I'll add that to the list, lol. Thanks a bunch for the idea!

femme


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

I didn't realize you had a pack rides blog. Do you have a link to it on your HP Profile page?

It's very cool that people have taken time to email you because you've inspired them. Way to go!!!!!!


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

This is absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful place - thanks for sharing the photo's. No doubt.... you will visit again. I would love to visit, but the walk to the top of the Tower will be challenging.

Thanks.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Lady E,

Thanks so much for the lovely comment. Yes, this is a beautiful park and I never get tired of going there.

The walk to the top of the Tower is about the same as climbing to the top of a lighthouse. I let others go ahead of me and then I climb it slowly, holding onto the rail. My husband, who has a heart condition, stays at the bottom.

Thanks again for the kind words and I'm glad you liked the hub.


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Marsha Musselman1 3 years ago from Michigan, USA

I've never been to Delaware, but if I ever go I'll try to check out this gorgeous area. I've been to many states some to live there for a short time others to visit and since being a hubber I've never considered writing about different areas or even especially my home town, which has a lot to offer.

Awesome hub, voted up. Inspiring also. You have beautiful photos of the area and activities. I've never heard about a touch tank before, interesting idea.

I'm impressed at how well you put this together with the different sections providing much information of what is available for folks to do in that area.

I've pinned it under my board of places to visit.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Marsha,

Thanks so much for your specific feedback. Your lovely comment really made my day and I'm glad you found the hub inspiring.

It sounds like you could easily write about places you've been and also your home town and I hope you do start doing so.

I originally wrote this hub 2 years and have updated and added to it several times since then which is why there is so much info and so many photos in it.

Thanks for pinning it to your board of places to visit.


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

I don't know how I missed this Hub! I always feel like I've taken a trip to Delaware after reading your travel articles. I wish I'd known all this back when my aunt lived in Delaware. Still, we might have a chance to visit someday. I love aquariums and have been to a touch tank in Monterrey, California, an experience I'll never forget. I'd say a bicycle ride through this beautiful area and a trip to the aquarium would be a perfect day! Thank you for sharing. Voted up and shared.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Vespawoolf,

Thanks so much for your kind words and specific feedback on this hub. It's always a pleasure to share information about Southern Delaware because this area is so beautiful and has many things to see and do.

So often, tourists visit the beaches without exploring nearby but lesser known places. My husband and I have been blessed to live here for more than a decade, now, and we're still finding wonderful places to explore.

Thanks for the vote up and your ongoing support. They're greatly appreciated.

Sending You a Bouquet of Hub Hugs,

Gail

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