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Prodded by storms, the walking dunes of Cape Henlopen have picked up their pace The famous walking dunes of Cape Henlopen began running this winter. The two fierce storms of January and February, with sus- tained winds of more than 60 mph, pushed the western edge of the dunes several feet into the pine woods at the northern edge of Gordon's Pond. The blowing sand marched ahead of the storms' steady winds like mounting drifts of snow. The only difference is the piles won't be melting beneath the heat of the spring and summer sun. Pine trees and swamp maples at the edge of the dunes are among the only trees in the nation growing shorter with the passage of time. Change - rapid change - is the only norm at Cape Henlopen. The dunes constantly migrate inland from the beach, most often in a southwesterly direction because of the constancy of the northeast winds, which are winter's strongest. Storms accelerate their march. And while the walking dunes shrink the size of trees in the path of the dunes, the storms also shrink the size of the beach. The storms' pounding surf chewed up and swept away great volumes of sand from the beach, revealing tree trunks still rooted in the un- derlying fastland of the continent on which the beach builds. Without the force of the storms, the beaches have already begun to rebuild by the natural movement of the sand back in from offshore bars where it dropped out of the storm's power. Some of the sand lost to the beaches in the Gordon's Pond area, like the sand of the walking dunes, won't be coming back in with fairer weather, It was carded with waves into Gordon's Pond, which has also shrunk con- siderably this winter as a result. There are no dunes along the oceanside face of Gordon's Pond and this winter's overwashes have created wide tongues of spongy sand, filling the shallow body of brackish water. The twin towers standing sen- tinel at the southern edge of Gor- don's Pond also show dramatical- ly how much sand the storms re- moved from the surrounding beach. On Saturday this week beach walkers stepped gingerly BAREF00TIN' Dennis Forney This winter's storms re- moved great quantities of sand from around the twin towers north of North Shores. between sections of concrete foundation a few feet tall at the base of the northern tower. The tide was nowhere near full and still the towers were awash in the surf. One man tried to time the waves to get a look into the partly open door of the tower, but waves sent him back to higher ground. Others with him stayed further back from the structure. It could be an optical illusion from the slope of the beach, but it appears that the northern tower has devel- oped a flit. The leaning tower of Henlopen. The military builds to last but the beach does not. The question: are the towers as firmly rooted as the trees whose trunks, at least for several more weeks, pose a danger to those who swim or surf in the unguarded area near Gordon's Pond? Cape's walking dunes began running this winter. CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, March 27 - April 2, 1998 - 7 A VERY SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY IN "THE PINES" ENGLISH TUDOR 112 Henlopen Ave. - Professionally decorated and lanseaped. Eat-in gourmet kitchen w/granite eountertops and commercial looking appliances. '2 fireplaces (one gas). Spa- cious second floor with third level sleeping loll Only the highest quality materials have been used in this totally renovated year round home $425,000. Please take a leok. NEW HOME IN MAPLEWOOD 123 Bryn MJwr Drive - Brand new custom built ranch home on a 75'x135' lot. 3 BR, 2 BA, Kitchen, Dining Room, Living Room, ;vith cathedral ceilings, vinyl siding, two car garage, many special and distin- guishing touches. Ready for occu- pancy April 10. Call for appointment. Only $125,000. KINGS CREEK - New home on sunny lot near all facilities. Screened porch, deck, garage, hardwood floors, gas fireplace, gas heat. Membership included. 8289,000. WATERFRONT LOT RBYCC Large Comer Lot Fully Bulkheaded Dock Permit in Hand $172,000 BF, ACH HOUSE - Oceanblock B&B - 15 Hickman Street. In-ground pool. 10 guest rooms 8 w/private baths, large own- er's qtmrters. 114 Coleman Ave. Lewes near Hospital 5 Year Round Apts. 100' X 125' Lot $299,900 16 Hickman St. - 3W Top Floor 2BR Condo Heat & A/C Ocean View Deck $119,500 i:? iii i i: 123 Breezewood Drive Four bedroom - two bath Cape Cod on large lot Two ear garage & studio $149,900 57B Delaware- Rehob. Three bedroom condo Second floor Recently redecorated $124,500 LEWES OFFICE REHOBOTH BEACH [- =---' 117 Smnmh Road OFRCE ---- - DClAAKV"'"--00  V I 302 227.4800 ,