Joe Biden and Delaware
Joe Biden recently made headlines by falling off his bike while cycling at Gordons Pond State Park in Rehoboth Beach. Biden may not be used to the level of headlines and press attention he receives since becoming President, but he’s certainly no stranger to the golden beaches and winding trails in beautiful Southern Delaware.
The 46th President of the United States has a long history with the state of Delaware. He moved to Wilmington, Delaware, with his family at ten years old and went on to study at the University of Delaware some years later. His love for the Diamond State continued after his graduation, and in 1972 Biden defeated Republican incumbent J. Caleb Boggs to become one of the U.S. Senators for Delaware. Biden was the sixth youngest senator in U.S. history.
Biden’s triumph as senator was just the start of a long and illustrious political career as representative of Delaware. He was the chair, or ranking member, of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for twelve years and the Senate Judiciary Committee for a further eight. In 2008, Joe Biden became Vice President after winning a historic election alongside Barack Obama. The duo were reelected for a second term in 2012, which concluded with Biden receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction for his eight years of service as Vice President and the decades of prior service to his country.
Four years later, Joe Biden won the Presidential election against Donald Trump to become the 46th President of the United States of America.
But despite his position, status, power and fame, President Biden never forgot about his home state. He still owns his main home in Wilmington, as well as a vacation home in Sussex County. Biden is typically seen cycling along the trails at Gordons Pond State Park and Cape Henlopen State Park.
What is Gordons Pond State Park?
Gordons Pond is a popular trail for bikers, hikers, runners, and bird watchers. Stretching over five miles, the trail flanks Gordons Pond, a 900-acre saltwater lagoon that offers breathtaking views.
The Gordons Pond State Park trail winds through forest, marshland and beach dunes. The route is stunning in all seasons and is carefully maintained to keep it clean and safe.
The location is also a popular migration point for birds, making it the perfect spot for birdwatchers. You can catch an even better view atop the observation deck, which gives you breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.
And of course, like our President, you can immerse yourself in nature by taking a relaxing bike ride. Who knows, perhaps you’ll even see President Biden himself as you cycle down the trail.
What is Cape Henlopen State Park?
Cape Henlopen State Park is located at the point where Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. It features gorgeous beaches, enchanting maritime forests, and tidal salt marshes. Visitors can enjoy watching wildlife, cycling, or taking a romantic stroll down the bay’s six miles of beach. History lovers may also want to check out Fort Miles, a WWII military base featuring Fort Miles Museum, Artillery Park, and Battery 519 tours.
President Biden is just one of the thousands of people that visit Southern Delaware every year. Discover the wonders of Delaware and take a much-deserved break to the nation’s first state. From cycling along the trails to visiting museums, there’s something for everyone at Delawonder.