Hey! Did you miss us? Well if you just came from our Maryland blog, you’re just on time! For those who need to be updated, our State Race crew made our way into Delaware after a wild Maryland adventure. Similar to Maryland, our first order of business was finding a place to volunteer. Since we had heard Delaware was home to a wide variety of horse-farms (there’s even an island full of horses off the coast!) we made our way to a local farm where we helped tend and harvest the garden, as well as taking care of the horses! They were adorable; we got to brush as well as feed the animals! Even though we only got to stay for a couple hours, we made several new friends and hope that we can revisit the horse-farm again soon! The sun was setting so we thought it best to find accommodations for the night (which for college students means the cheapest motel we could find!) and prepared for the busy day to come.
The next morning we made our way to a cute little harbor-town to board a ferry to Fort Delaware, an alleged haunted fortress with roots all the way back to the civil war. The base had large brick walls and a steep moat protecting the property within. What’s interesting about this fortress is that during its lifetime it was used to house both Union and Confederate soldiers! After some snooping around, speaking with colonial reenactors, and physically witnessing a woman claim to have seen a ghost (hey, we don’t judge), we said goodbye to the enchanting fortress and went searching for the next activity.
Since Abbie had family in Delaware, she made the excellent tour-guide. Our last stop was a lively boardwalk town called Fenwick Pier, which to us appeared to be the coolest coastal town in all of New England! With hundreds of bright, neon signs and a hoard of children running with a slew of candied confections, we made our way to the water. It only took one glimpse of the roaring waves for our entire team to agree on one thing: We’re going in that water. So those who had prepared for the occasion jumped in their suits, while Hunter stripped down to his last pair of shorts, and together we raced in. “Last one in’s a Rotten Egg!!”
-Hunter here. And just a personal note. This is one of my all-time favorite moments of our travels yet. With double-red flag waves, we were truly having a blast wave-surfing and swimming in the water. As the sun set, the transition to moonlight and the luminance of the pier was unforgettable. I will never forget that moment.
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See you soon, Pennsylvania!