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We had a great time camping and spending a beautiful weekend at Cape Henlopen. We only wish that our campsite were bigger. Instead, we found ourselves jostling for a space on a slant surface that during the night helped slide us from one end of the tent to another. But, we did fairly well for our first returning to Cape Henlopen in 5 years (not knowing that it was like about the site). And we did not waste the opportunity to do some reconnaissance for bigger, flatter campsites for future returns to the park.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have a grill. So, the salmon and chicken went back home with us. However, our supplies of fresh fruits, bagels, freeze-dried meals, peanut butter, eggs, oatmeal, sake, noodles, and pistachios were plenty to keep us sustained.
The hikes were wonderful. The first afternoon, we swam with a pod of dolphins. The second day, we went through the military ruins, hiked both sides of the peninsula in the morning, learned about the mating habits of horseshoe crabs and rescued a few. In the afternoon, we hiked the southern portion, through Gordons Pond, where we had a close-up view of a variety of birds thanks to the binoculars of a super friendly birder/cyclist – not much of a birder, though, because we found we were given wrong names for the bird species upon later verification at campsite :). Walking back along the beach, we chatted up and learned from a fisherman about the humongous sand fleas that he caught to use as baits. A total of 13 miles of hiking seeing a mix of pine forest, marshland, dunes, and ocean. Some of us opted for more beach time.
For a bonus at the end of the day, the park opened up a watch tower for us to climb up. Wonderful views up and down the coastline. If you go to town (Rehoboth Beach), we highly recommend Nuevo Taco. Great food. Fair prices.
We were not very happy to leave but we’ll be back!