Whenever we travel we need to make choices matching best places to visit with the best time of year to be there. We prefer to visit places when the weather is warm, and there’s little chance of rain. Planning our 9-month road trip meant that we were going to have to compromise our standards for weather. When we took off and drove through the desert, it was WAY…TOO…HOT, but in South Dakota and Minnesota the weather was close to perfect.
When we plotted out the stops on our long trip a year ago, we decided to add Cape May, New Jersey – a seaside town at the very southern tip looking out to the Atlantic Ocean. The weather there is perfect in the summer with crowds filling the sandy beach. For a perfect peak season beach vacation there is a price to pay: it’s hard to get seated at the restaurant of your choice and the expense to stay in the most humble abode would cause you to gasp. So we chose to visit Cape May in the off-season. “How bad could a visit be in early November?” we asked ourselves.
The next day the temperature dropped and every day after got a little colder. Clouds blocked that lovely sun and finally the rain started. We stayed inside for a day while the weather did its thing: bumping up the humidity.
We ventured out the next day to our own rain-induced maintenance issue, when Beth’s Sony RX100 II camera froze on a day’s outing in a nature reserve by the sea. The camera battery and memory card were removed, and all were set out in the driest, warmest location in the apartment. We waited. A day later, with hope, the camera was reassembled. Beth tapped the “on” button and heard the magical click of the camera coming to life. It had worked! We don’t know if this is temporary or if the camera is now back to normal, but we’re enjoying having it back with us on our walks.
Along with the cold, the wind picked up. We put on our hats and gloves. We wore layer upon layer to stay warm. As we walked down a little used road, we’d been thinking maybe it was a strange time to visit Cape May. Then we saw something ahead in the road. Could it be a little yellow ball?
Staying in Cape May during off-season had been risky. We enjoyed the lack of crowds of people and the presence of “crowds” of birds, but the windy, cold and rainy days left us yearning for warmth. Should we head further south?