For all of the changes that this vacation ushered in (this week and those to come), it ended with a day spent in the past.
With the kids enjoying several days back home with their grandparents, The Husband and I drove down to Cape May for lunch and shopping before heading home. It's a special town for us (and many other people, I'd imagine.) Before Betty and Boo, this was often our vacation destination of choice.
If you've never been to Cape May, it's also special place historically. It is the nation’s oldest seashore resort and is on the national Register of Historic Places. Several famous people are known to have visited, including Presidents James Buchanan, Franklin Pierce, Ulysses S. Grant, and Benjamin Harrison, as well as Abraham Lincoln before becoming President. (During our vacation, The Husband's beach read was Henry Clay: The Essential American, which mentioned that Clay visited Cape May for "salt baths.")
(This is The Mainstay Inn and which is my favorite Cape May bed and breakfast that we've never stayed in. It was built as a private gambling club in 1872.)
We walked around the town a little bit, had lunch and ice cream, and I shopped while The Husband sat on a bench.
And then, it was time to set sail for home.