|H. Sandy clouds still over the Delaware Bay|
|Gladys with the Storm at Sea quilt|
I shared on Facebook whatever news of Cape May I could find since almost everyone who knew I had a connection there was asking how we fared. Exit Zero and Cape May Times turned out to be the most reliable and informative. This was impressive: the staff of Exit Zero offered to email photographs for properties for homeowners who couldn't get away to check on them.They must have understood the anxiety we face owning a beloved, memory-filled home so far from where we live. Slowly it became apparent that although there was some flooding, some damage, and a whole lot of sand piled up in town, Cape May did pretty well. At the same time, though, we were seeing the pictures of a devastated coast just a little bit to the north. Could it be that Cape May really dodged a bullet? I had to drive down to see for myself and check on our family's house.
|There's a path in there somewhere.|
|Gladys actually likes the wind.|
|Some stores were closed.|
|That lake behind the Arcade is not supposed to be there.|
|Those are supposed to be volleyball nets at Steger's Beach.|
and the stand that rents chairs and umbrellas in the summer was almost completely buried.
|Steger's umbrella and chair rental stand is buried in that crusty alien sand.|
There's a new berm created by erosion, giving my familiar beach spot a whole new look.
|A new bump in the beach.|
The sand is not the fluffy kind we're used to in Cape May, but a flat, hard, crusty, alien variety. I figure the massive rain hardened it and the wind flattened it.
So that's it, my H. Sandy Cape May update. We were darn lucky in Cape May and Trenton. My heart goes out to those neighbors to the north facing unimaginable, sickening loss. New Jersey will rebuild the shore it is so proud of, but for now there's the anxiety and grief through which there is no shortcut.