Thursday, July 22, 2010

Parks - Theme Thursday

Son and I spent Sunday at 3 State Parks and it was a wonderful day!  We started at Fort Mott State Park where we grabbed the ferry over to Delaware.

Ft Mott State Park

The Ferry to take us from Ft. Mott over to Pea Patch Island where Ft. Delaware is located.  This ferry only comes to NJ every two hours.  This is a good piece of info to know, which I didn't when we started our adventure.

We're off!

Ft. Delaware is located on Pea Patch Island in the middle of the Delaware River.  The island is said to be made from a ship that was carrying peas that ran aground on a schole.  The peas then grew and the island formed.  It continues to grow as the currents deposit more mud and sand on its shores.

The entry to Ft. Delaware. 
The Drawbridge was down in anticipation of our visit.

We wandered to the Kitchen where Son checked out their indoor pumbing and the new stove.

The next stop was the blacksmith shop.  Son was facinated with the bellows used to keep the fire going. 

The blacksmith made Son a Nail.

I tried to leave Son in the prisons but he didn't want to stay.
We also looked for ghosts in the tunnels, just like the Ghost Hunters did a couple of Halloweens ago.  Well, not quite like them but we pretended!

We took the ferry from Ft. Delaware over to Delaware City for lunch.

We had lunch at Crabby Dicks.  YUM!
If you every get to one, have their Stuffed Pretzel.  HEAVEN!

We wandered the Park while waiting for the Ferry to take us back to NJ.  Now is when the knowledge that the ferry only goes to NJ every two hours would have come in handy.

Son wanted to stay until 4 but I was hot and tired and wanted to go home.  There was a ferry to NJ at 2 and 4.  But there also were ferries over to Ft. Delaware and I thought they would also be going to NJ.  I was WRONG.  We missed the 2 o'clock ferry.  So we were stuck in Delaware City until 4.  With nowhere air conditioned to hang out.  Grrrrrrrrrr

We finally made it back to NJ.  I think the next time we go, I will drive to Delaware City and take the ferry to Ft. Delaware.   Then I won't be stranded for the day.

This is part of Theme Thursday.  Head over there to check out other Parks and Recreations.


  1. This looked like a lot of fun!

  2. very cool...i think i would be wanting to do some ghost hunting myself. neat nail...i think the blacksmith is neat as well...they can do some pretty cool things and i guess they were the thing back in the day....

  3. I live in PA, and never heard of this park. Thanks for the tip.

  4. That sounds like a nice park. Great pictures!

  5. Even with the missed ferry, it looks like you and Son had a great day!

  6. amazing things to be around a park.
    creative and fun take!

  7. Amy=
    Thanks for taking along on a journey of sorts. I love to visit historical places and settings and when they look so pretty that makes it even better

  8. Wow, that looks like a nice trip. My kids would love something like that.

    Thank you for sharing.

  9. Very cool! It's great to see a whole different world through your photos and descriptions...

    Blacksmith's shops fascinate me, too. We had a working one nearby when I was a kid and I spent hours pounding out horseshoes and fire-pokers.

    Glad you and Son were able to enjoy this park from end to end!

  10. Sounds like a fun day. I need to visit more state parks while I'm traveling. Maybe I'll make it to one of these someday.

  11. Looks like a fine day out mucking about on boats and playing with ghosts, perfect.


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