anticipation & preparation: delaware

To prepare for our three-day trip to Delaware, I started by looking through a guidebook, Moon Handbooks: Maryland & Delaware. Focusing on the Delaware section, I found two areas to explore, Upper Delaware and Lower Delaware. I read about the du Pont family, why Wilmington has seen hard times, and about the history in the area.

I found some novels and a memoir set in Delaware, as follows:

  1. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez (& Mexico) ****
  2. Shattered: Reclaiming a Life Torn Apart by Violence by Debra Puglisi Sharp & Marjorie Preston (memoir) – my copy of this book is autographed by the author, who I met at a writer’s conference in Dewey Beach, De. in 2005. ****
  3. The Saint of Lost Things by Christopher Castellani
  4. Beloved by Toni Morrison (also Ohio & Kentucky)
  5. West of Rehoboth by Alexs D. Pate

I finished the first two books, am currently reading the third, and I own #4.  I don’t know if I’ll have time to read more than the first two as we’re going at the end of December or in early January.

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Preparing for Delaware

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Living room at Winterthur in Delaware

Itinerary:

Day 1: UPPER DELAWARE

  1. Drive to Nemours Mansion and Gardens (2 h 33 min drive)
  2. Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington (7 minutes)
  3. Old Swede’s Church in Wilmington (12 minutes) (Make appointment on website)
  4. Walk around Wilmington, including the Riverfront
  5. Stay night in New Castle (17 minutes)

DAY 2: UPPER & LOWER DELAWARE

  1. New Castle Court House Museum
  2. New Castle Historic Homes (can only see outside in January)
  3. Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE (51 minutes)
  4. LOWER DELAWARE
    1. Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge (21 minutes)
    2. Cape Henlopen State Park (1 hour 4 minutes)
    3. Stay the night in Rehoboth

DAY 3: LOWER DELAWARE AND RETURN HOME:

  1. Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk (25 minutes)
  2. Delaware Seashore State Park (18 minutes)
  3. Drive home (3 hr 12 minutes)

JOURNAL AND INTENTIONS:

Here are my intentions for this trip:

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My intentions for Delaware

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