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Trips for 2024

Cape Henlopen Open Water trip

For the more adventurous paddlers… we’ll be returning to Cape Henlopen State Park on Friday, October 11 to explore Breakwater Harbor, Harbor of Refuge and/or the Delaware Bay proper. You never know what conditions you will find; sometimes it’s serene, sometimes bouncy with strong current but it’s always beautiful. Dolphins are regularly found here and there are always lighthouses, breakwaters and sandy beaches to enjoy.

This is an all-day paddle trip. The park is about a 20 minute drive north from Camp Arrowhead and there is a $10 entrance fee, so consider carpooling with a friend or a new friend. If warranted, we can split the group into the more “hair on fire” paddlers and those who prefer to take in the beauty and avoid the rough stuff. We’ll be asking who is interested before the event, so we can properly staff this one. We will be asking the kitchen staff to provide lunches to take with you, so we’ll need a head count. To stay safe, we’ll make a go/no go decision at the event.

Indian River Life-Saving Station tour: Delaware Seashore State Park

After breakfast on Friday, Oct 11, gather on the beach and launch by 9:30 am. Paddle across Rehoboth Bay (about 4 miles) to Savages Ditch, where park personnel will transport you in their bus to the Life Saving Station Museum for a tour. Bring your lunch and a pair of shoes to change into – the ditch can be muddy. See how station personnel lived and worked, saving lives during storms as ships ran aground on the Delaware Coast. Rain date is Saturday, Oct 12.

“Be swept back to a time when night-time beach patrols and perilous high seas rescues were the only way to save shipwreck victims along the coasts of the United States. The original Indian River Life-Saving Station was built in 1876 for use by the United States Lifesaving Service, a government organization created to respond to the alarming number of shipwrecks along the coastlines of the United States and the precursor to today's U. S. Coast Guard. The building was first located 400 feet closer to the shore, but a sand dune began to form around it almost as soon as it was finished. It was moved to its present location in 1877, and today has been meticulously restored to its 1905 appearance, complete with diamond-shaped trim. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.”

- https://destateparks.com/Centers/IRLifeSavingStation

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