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Fishing abounds around DelMarVa

Fishing the Pier at Cape Henlopen State Park

We took the kids fishing for the first time in a community pond in Maryland a few years back. Kid No.3 lost interest fairly quickly, and Kid No. 2 abandoned her pole after reeling in a small sunfish, so only Kid No.1 remained. After sitting with him for a while and not getting a nibble he turned to me and said, “Fishing takes a lot of patience.”

He was only six at the time, but apparently, he learned quickly that primary lesson of fishing.

This spring we went out to a community fishing spot on the Broadkill River in Milton. Kid No. 3 caught three small panfish, which we returned to the water. Kid No. 2 and Kid No. 3 were visibly agitated that their little brother was pulling in fish every couple minutes and they didn’t.

Whether fresh- or saltwater, commissioning a charter or casting from a pier or beach, Delaware offers a ton of options for anglers regardless of experience level.

For freshwater fishing, the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife manages some community ponds throughout the state.

Milton has three public fishing areas in town, and two of them have boat launch ramps. They provide access to both Wagamon’s Pond and the Broadkill River.

Other pond fishing can be found at Killens Pond State Park, Lums Pond State Park, and Trap Pond State Park. Freshwater fishing can be found at Brandywine Creek State Park and White Clay Creek State Park.

DNREC publishes a booklet on pond fishing. Check it out here.

You can also visit the Delaware State Park website for more information on these and other fishing locations.

Anyone 16 years or older does need to get a license to fish. Delaware also has what is called a Fisherman Information Network, or FIN Number. You get a Fin number when you buy a license, but if you are exempt from having to get a fishing license, you still need to get the FIN Number.

Find out more about licensing requirements here.

If you are planning on surf fishing, there are plenty of access points where you can get to the beach and set up to fish. Or, you can get drive onto the beach if you have a surf-fishing permit. Information about that permit is also on the licensing requirement webpage here.

For a complete fishing regulation guide, go here.

And for information about size and limits, go here.

Cape Henlopen State Park offers a nice pier where the fishing is usually good. The convenience store at the end of the pier sells all your basic supplies, including crab cages if you are interested in trying to catch some crabs. Make sure you brush up on the regulations for crabs.

Charter services are also available. Lewes and Indian River have many charter services to choose from. A web search will get you to most of them, along with reviews. The Indian River Marina charter services is a good starting spot in researching charters.

Most don’t include the cost on their websites, but most of them offer half day or all day, and some variations of day into night or other specialties. More than a few also offer dolphin watching or other leisure-type cruises if you want to get out on the water but aren’t interested in dipping a line.

Fishing does, after all, take patience. Even a 6-year-old knows that.

 

 

 

Do you like to run?

 

 

I have always admired runners.  I admire them because I was never very good at running. It requires a certain capacity for breathing that I just don’t have. I am more of a walker, aspiring to one day be a runner. But, perhaps the best way to get in shape is to just start walking and work my way up to running. Just a thought.

After living on Delmarva for more 18 months, I know a lot of people love to run and Delmarva is a runner’s paradise. There are trails, boardwalks, and just beautiful scenery nearly everywhere you look.

Heck, I want to run. One day. But beyond the natural beauty, I have found that Delawareans are really into 5Ks, triathlons and other big running events, like marathons. Most of the races also benefit local charities, which is always a good thing. So for those of you who are far more athletically inclined than I am. Here is a list of 5k events and other running/walking events on Delmarva that are coming up in the near future. The list is by no means exhaustive. All of the races are in Sussex County, DE. If you know of a race or walk on Maryland or Virginia’s Eastern Shore and want me to add your event, I am happy to do it. Post a comment and let me know. Be sure to include your information, so I can contact you about your event. Enjoy!

 

June

June 24th, Saturday, Jungle Jim’s 5K Splash Run/Walk 7:30 a.m. Jungle Jim’s Rehoboth. www.seashorestriders.com

June 25th, Sunday, Firecracker 5K Run/Walk 7:15 a.m., Benefits Bethany Beach July 4th Fireworks. Register at bethanybeach5k.com.

June 25th, Sunday, 16th Annual Northbeach 5K, register at tensistersraces.com.

June 25th, Sun, Bill Degnan 5k Run/Walk, 7:30 a.m., Cape Henlopen High School, Lewes. www.seashorestriders.com.

July

July 1, Beach Paper Firecracker 5K Run/Walk, 7:30 a.m., Stuart Kingston, Rehoboth, www.seashorestriders.com.

July 2nd, Sunday, 14th Annual Outlet Liquors 5K. Register at tensistersraces.com.

July 3rd, Monday, Lewes Dairy Christmas in July 5K benefits the Salvation Army, races2run.

July 4th, Tuesday, Red, White & Blue 5K and Kiddie K, Rehoboth Beach Country Club. Benefits Meals on Wheels, races2run.

July 8, 2017, Saturday, Kelly J. Fritchman Memorial 5K & Kiddie K, Lewes, races2run

July 9th, Sunday, 11th Annual Dewey Beach Liquors 5k. Register at tensistersraces.com

July 15th, Saturday, Race for The Ribbon 5k Run/Walk 7:30 a.m. Rehoboth, www.seashorestriders.com.

July 16th, Sunday, Seashore 5 mile run, at 7:30 a.m., Deauville Beach, Rehoboth, www.seashorestriders.com

July 22nd, Saturday, The 15th Annual Lifeguard 10k/5K. Register at tensistersraces.com 

July 23rd, Sunday, Run for J.J. 5K Run & 5K Walk, 7:30 a.m., Cupola Park, Millsboro, www.seashorestriders.com.

July 30th, Sunday, Penn State Day, 5k, Register at tensistersraces.com

July 29th, Saturday, Run for the Paws 5K and 1-mile walk, 8 a.m. Starboard, Dewey, www.seashorestriders.com.

 

August

August 6th, Sunday, at 7:15 a.m., Athletes Against Alzheimer’s 5k Run/Walk. The race benefits the Delaware Alzheimer’s Chapter. Register at alzrun.com.

August 13th, Sunday, at 7:30 a.m., Buddy 5K Run/Walk, Dewey Beach, DE. This run/walk benefits individuals with intellectual disabilities. Register at deweybuddyrun.com. Benefits Best Buddies Delaware.

August 19th, Saturday, the 4th Annual Breast Fest 5k. Register at tensistersraces.com.

August 26th, Saturday, at 7:15 a.m., Bethany Beach Lifesaving Mile. Benefits the Edward Dean Foundation and the area Lifeguard Community. Register at BethanyMile.com 

September

September 2nd, Saturday, Last Blast Prediction 5K run/Walk at 7:30 a.m., The Grove Park, Rehoboth Beach. www.Seashorestriders.com.

September 3rd, Sunday, Summer’s End 5K. Register at tensistersraces.com.

September 9th, Saturday, 41st Annual Bottle & Cork Ten Miler/5K. Register at tensisterraces.com

September 9th, Saturday, Rehoboth Walk to Defeat ALS. Registration 8 a.m. The walk starts at 9:30 a.m. Register here.

September 16th, Saturday, Run/Walk for Kids 5K, benefitting the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware. Register by clicking here.

September 17th, Saturday, the 21st Annual Dewey Beach Triathlon.  Deweybeachtriathlon.com

September 24th, Sunday, Bethany Beach First Responders Tri-Du-Aquabike. Start time 7 a.m. Benefits the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and First Responders. Register at Bethanybeachtri.com 

October

October 21, Saturday, Boooo-B-Que by The Sea 5k Run/Walk benefits the Delaware Children in Nature Fund. Register here.

December

December, 30th, Saturday, at 4 p.m. Surfin’ Snowman 5-Miler run/walk. This event benefits Contractors for a Cause, Justin’s Beach House, and the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company. Register here.

Happy Trails!

 

Gordon Ramsay, Richard Petty, NASCAR and Autism come together in Dover

Dover International Speedway

 

Ok, NASCAR has never really been my thing. And I say this, having grown up, for the most part, half an hour away from Rockingham Motorspeedway in North Carolina.

It was very ironic, I know, that I would marry someone from Pennsylvania who loved of all things NASCAR. By osmosis, I now know a little bit about the sport. I have also been to a few races, including one at The Monster Mile in Dover. If you are going to see a race, Dover International Speedway and Martinsville International Speedway in Virginia are pretty nice venues to watch a race. They are smaller tracks and more intimate. You are so close that you can see the sparks come out from under the cars as they bottom out on the pavement.

This Sunday, June 4th, the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race returns to Dover International Speedway. The race starts at 1 p.m.

 

DOVER, DE -: A young NASCAR fan plays with toy NASCAR cars in the stands during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket at Dover International Speedway on May 30, 2015 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)

The Monster Mile will also host Autism Awareness Day at the Races in its enclosed grandstand for the sixth straight year on Sunday, June 4. The event provides a sensory-friendly environment for children and families on the autism spectrum to enjoy the race and includes several driver and owner appearances. Want to learn more about Autism? Do you want to see how you can help kids with autism in Delaware? Click here.

If you know nothing else about racing, you will no doubt still recognize the name, Richard Petty. Yup, on Sunday, the former No. 43 will be at Dover International Speedway, too.

Petty, who coincidentally lives in the same town as my sister in North Carolina, is being honored before the race. My husband and my father-in-law have also met “The King” a few times. He is apparently a very nice man.

 

DOVER, DE – OCTOBER 02: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota, celebrates with the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Citizen Solider 400 at Dover International Speedway on October 2, 2016 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Petty, who turns 80, in July will also receive a special, custom birthday cake made to replicate the same 1969 Ford that he drove to victory lane in the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Monster Mile, the “Mason-Dixon 300” on July 6, 1969.

If your husband is a fan, but you are on the fence like me, perhaps you will enjoy seeing Gordon Ramsay. The 50-year-old British chef, who hosts “Hell’s Kitchen” and “The F Word,” will drop the green flag. He will give the command, minus the F-word, for the 40 drivers to start their engines.

Interested? A few tickets remain for the race. The track also offers a family section where alcohol and tobacco are not allowed. Tickets for adults are $84 each. Tickets for kids 12 and under are $10.

Interested in going? Dover is just about 45 minutes away from Rehoboth Beach. It is about 90 minutes from Ocean City, Md., and 90 minutes from Philadelphia and about two hours from Baltimore.

Want more information? Click here.

Surf’s Up

Last summer, the kiddos and I made it a point to hit as many of the beaches as we could on Delmarva.

There are many, and we haven’t hit them all, yet. We are lucky we live six miles away from the closest beach. When you live on a peninsula, you are never too far from water.

One of our favorite beaches is Herring Point in Cape Henlopen State Park. It is easy to fall in love with this beach. It is at the far end of the park, almost secluded. To get to the beach you have to walk down a path lined with trees and brush. Be forewarned there are horseflies on that path and they bite.

The horsefly bites are worth it once you see the beach. To the right are a set of rocks and a line of Jeeps and trucks. Some people are tailgating and fishing on that side of the beach. Yup, you can drive on the beach in certain areas. Kinda neat, no? You have to buy tags. The proper terminology for is surf fishing tag, so you know what you are talking about. Check with the state if you want one. Click here to learn more about the program, and where to find a tag.

In the middle of the beach, are hipster families with their dogs. To the left are another set of rocks and the surfers and skimmers with their boards. If you like to surf or skim, Herring Point is the place to go on Delmarva, well at last in Delaware. Every time we go, there always are a group taking on the waves.

Off beyond the rocks are more tailgaters and a cliff. It reminds me of California. It is beautiful. It is not crowded, and it is just a laid back beach. The waves can be a little rough, so it’s best to watch the kiddos closely. I also have not seen a lifeguard at Herring Point so if you have really young ones keep that in mind.

We love it, though, because it feels like we have stumbled upon a well-guarded secret. We could sit for hours and watch the surfers waiting to ride in the next wave or the skim boarders meeting the waves head on. The kiddos are fascinated with both. I have always wanted to learn to surf, but have always been too afraid to try. I may give it a try yet. If you are in the area, you can learn to surf at RB Surf School. Want to learn the trifecta of coolness? Alley-Oop Skim offers lessons in surfing, skimming and skateboarding. It is probably harder, but I think I could skim. I know the kiddos would love to learn.

Skim boarding is big here and it looks really cool. Skimboards are smaller than surfboards and skimboarders run into the water throw down their board and ride the waves back in.

How big is skimboarding on Delmarva? The East Coast Skimboarding championships are held here. Well, at Dewey Beach, to be exact. But, you get the idea.

But, back to Herring Point. It really is worth the trip. If you decide to come, you will need a pass to get into Cape Henlopen State Park. You can buy a pass to Delaware State Parks online. If you come to the beach a lot during the summer, it is a great value. It gets you into all of the state parks. There are a lot of parks in Delaware.

If you need a place to stay, look no further than the park. Cape Henlopen State Park offers camping sites and cottages. We may actually try camping there this summer.

If you are a day-tripper, remember to stop and pack drinks and snacks, because Herring Point is not close to the concessions at the park.

NASCAR rolls in to Dover June 3 weekend

Delaware’s beaches bring crowds of visitors each weekend during the summer months, but twice a year it is the roar of engines that sparks a mass migration to the state.

NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway the first weekend of June, and if you think the only thing going on is a bunch of cars circling the concrete high-banked mile-long oval, then you haven’t checked out all the speedway offers on a race weekend.

The big events, of course, are the races, and Dover will once again host the Camping World Truck Series (June 2), the Xfinity Series (June 3) and the Cup Series (June 4), but there are plenty of things for adults and kids to do the entire weekend.

New for 2017, tickets for children 12 and under are free for Friday and Saturday races.

Leading up to Sunday’s “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” will be the NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, June 3 and the “Bar Harbor 200” presented by Sea Watch International NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, June 2. Both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series feature top young drivers like William Byron, Justin Allgaier and Ryan Reed, who fans can look forward to seeing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the years to come.

FanZone

The popular FanZone is back with lots of fun and entertainment all race weekend, as well as autograph sessions with drivers. The eight-acre FanZone is located outside Turn 4 of the track. Entertainment includes a number of activities, such as rock climbing walls, driving simulators, the Monster FunZone, live music, sampling and more.

On Friday, June 2, from 12:30-1:15 p.m., there will be a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Autograph Session. At Delaware Office of Highway Safety display in the FanZone. Free for everyone. Fans can begin lining up for the autograph session one hour before the event. Check Dover’s web page for updates on FanZone activities.

Movie night

There will be a free showing of “The Angry Birds Movie” after the fireworks at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 3.

Miles the Monster

No visit to Dover Speedway would be complete without a visit to see Miles. Built in 2008, the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, presented by Smithfield, stands 46-feet tall and holds a full-scale stock car in the monster’s right hand. The base of the monument pays tribute to race winners at Dover International Speedway and features dedications to legendary drivers who are recognized for their special accomplishments earned on the Monster Mile’s high-banked, one-mile concrete oval.

Camping/RVs

If you are interested in camping, or bringing your RV, the track has made some upgrades this year.

The newest option is Champion’s Gate – Super Premium RV Parking: Spacious 1,800 square-foot paved lot space next to the Turn 1 grandstands includes a picnic table, fire pit, electric generator hook-ups and other amenities. Concierge and golf cart shuttle services available Friday-Sunday on NASCAR race weeks, and each purchase comes with two Garage and Cold Pit Passes each, as well as BBQ Bash Passes. Guests who act early receive a $200 discount on $1,900 purchase price.

Other options include Frontstretch – Lot 7: Expanded RV spaces to 1,200 total feet, providing room for your RV, personal vehicle, tailgating supplies and more. Each $500 space also comes with two Cold Pit Passes, BBQ Bash Passes and is located just behind the Earnhardt Grandstand along the frontstretch.

For campers, there’s , Carefree Camping: In addition to a large community lounge area, charging stations, concierge services and showers, Carefree Camping guests will receive Cold Pit Passes. Carefree Campers are a short walk away from the action at the track, including free concerts, the Monster Monument presented by Smithfield and all the activities in the FanZone. Camping spots range from $330-$450 and come with a tent, linens, blankets, pillows, two chairs, a round table and a rug. Prices depend on your choice of sleeping packages.

For more information about Dover International Speedway, visit their website at www.doverspeedway.com