June 7, 2013

May 30 - June 3, 2013 Days 7-12  Delaware City, Delaware
Delaware City Marina
Delaware City, Delaware

We left our anchorage on the Elk River and made a planned stopped at Schaefers Restaurant for lunch.  Schaefers is located on the port side of the C&D Canal, just past the Chesapeake City Bridge.  We were happy we stopped because we heard a radio call that the canal was closed further down for cable work.  What perfect timing!  As soon as we docked, we had another radio call from Loopers on their sailboat, Mensahib. They pulled in and visited with us for a while. It was good to catch up on their news.  Loopers Rick and Margi, on Journey, were not far behind!
Lunch at Schaefers on the C & D Canal
After having delicious crab cake sandwiches for lunch, we continued up the now open canal and into the Delaware Bay.  We arrived in Delaware City by 2:00 and docked at the marina which is on the old canal wall.  Journey came in behind us.  We went with them to Kathy’s Crab House for a nice casual seafood dinner.

Carried Away and Journey docked in Delaware City on the old canal
On Friday, we rented a car and drove to Downingtown, PA to visit Bill’s aunt and his cousin.  We had such a good visit with them over dinner and at his aunt’s home. 
Dinner with Bill's aunt Bette and his cousin George

Our plans to leave Saturday changed due to sea conditions, so we went sightseeing.  We went with Rick and Margi by ferry to Pea Patch Island which is the home of Fort Delaware which was built prior to the Civil War.  It was also home to Confederate Prisoners of War.  After we returned we walked to a seafood market and bought crab cakes!

Bill and Joyce enjoying Longwood Gardens

On Sunday, we took Rick and Margi with us in the rental car to visit the Hagley Museum, which is on the property of the DuPont family home and gunpowder mill established in the 1800’s.  From there we had a hearty brunch at Buckley’s Tavern in Centerville, DE!  Then we took them to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.  This is a favorite of ours and Rick and Margi were thrilled to see this magnificent site.  After a quick stop to do some last minute provisioning, we returned to the marina, happy that we ventured out today!  

The DuPont estate is part of the Hagley Museum

We spent Monday doing several chores, returning the rental car and getting ready for the next part of the trip.  We had docktails on Journey and met more Loopers!  We had heavy rains that evening!


Rick and Margi at Longwood Gardens