Sunday, March 1, 2015

A golden afternoon in Cape May

Sparkle the Seeing Eye pup tours gorgeous Cape May the day after Christmas. Everyone we meet is full of holiday cheer.

A golden afternoon in Cape May

The day after Christmas, we set off for Cape May and arrived in late afternoon. The holiday crowd was light and convivial, and the wintry sun cast a resplendent glow over everything.

Sparkle was a bit frenetic at first, but calmed down after a few laps of the Washington Street Mall and a journey down to the beach just before sunset. She marveled in her first encounter with the ocean (she's been to Lake Michigan).

We stopped in at Congress Hall, and Sparkle was well-behaved as we strolled through the holiday-decorated first floor. We then walked back to the mall, dawdling along the way to admire the B&Bs (many of which were open) and other grand old Victorian gems.

After it quickly got dark around 5, we drove down to the end of the beach, where we walked along the surf and gazed at the sliver of moon, stars, and planets. 

Under the minivan's tailgate, I fed Sparkle her dinner and gave her some bottled water, before settling in for the journey home (with a pit stop for takeout at Arby's in Cape May Court House.)

George Carter
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George Carter, The Inquirer's weekend national/foreign editor, has always counted dogs among his closest companions. According to family lore, he learned to walk by clinging to the side of a saintly patient mutt named Spanker. In turn, one of his earliest hazy memories is of tossing treats to the family dogs gathered expectantly on the porch of their Maryland farmhouse. It was only natural then, that when George saw a newspaper ad looking for families to raise puppies for the Seeing Eye of Morristown, N.J., he bit at the chance. From the start, it has been a family project, with teenage daughter Betsy as the official puppy-raiser. First there was Porter, a big-hearted yellow Lab born on Memorial Day 2004. A few years later, the Carters raised Velma, a gorgeous Lab/golden cross. Just a couple weeks ago, Velma's 7-week-old daughter Sparkle arrived as the latest family charge. George, Betsy and mom Cathy are thrilled that Sparkle is from Velma's very first litter. You can reach George Carter at 215-854-2411 or by clicking here. Reach George at

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