The ferry ride was comfortable and convenient. While the girls slept, I (finally) found a working wi-fi, downloaded the camera, sent out the last group of blog posts and charged a variety of batteries. Eighty minutes later, we were in Delaware and the sun was burning through the morning fog.
We swung in to a Birkenstock store to (finally) replace my haggard old pair with its broken cork and stretched leather. I'd really wanted to replace them before we hit Florida (and a lot more walking), but hadn't found any Birky stories along our route. Shoppers can imagine my excitement at spotting this local shop directly along our path!
On the drive through the state park which dominates the northern tip of the island, we saw several of the ponies along the road, but once we were in the national park, the ponies were well hidden in the marshes and forests. V was particularly thrilled with our campsite which backed right up to the short dunes that divide the Atlantic side of the island from the wooded bay side. She loves to camp at the beach, and I'm not sure there's better beach camping than the paved dune-access sites here.
The girls and I played Warrior Clan Kitties in the dunes for awhile and tested the ocean (MUCH warmer than our water at home, but not quite Kauai-like) before we met some of the neighbors and I returned to our site to settle in. Later, as the girls and I sat at the table sorting shells and rocks and discussing our dinner options, the neighbors walked over with a plate of sausages, buns and corn on the cob! What a camp greeting! They followed up later with creamsicle ice cream bars (aka 50/50 bars). I felt compelled to offer a gift of thanks, so the girls and I made peach cobbler which was, as always, very well received.