Mysrey and I are back safe and sound from our long weekend in OCMD! That's Ocean City, MD for those of you reading this from the far reaches of the world. From where we live, that's about a four hour drive. The roads are much better than when I was a kid, which always resulted in my dad getting lost somewhere round Avondale (mushroom capital of the world...I'm talking the kind you'd eat on a pizza or feed your kids, geez!)
Got to the beach early on Friday and we promptly hit the sand, which was quite hot the entire time we were there. We lugged our chairs, umbrella, towels, and sunscreen to a prime spot near the water. The water was chilly mostly due to that darned hurricane sitting in the Atlantic. The waves were pounding the crap out of us and there was a pretty strong rip current as well. Needless to say, we didn't spend too much time in the ocean. Also due to the strong waves, our bathing suits had a nice collection of sand in them. God knows what other kinds of critters may have gotten in there! Friday night was spent up on the boardwalk where we found a nice pizza shop on a rooftop. The breeze was nice there and the beer was cold, and didn't last very long.
Saturday a.m. I was up at the crack of dawn and down to the beach for some pics. The sunrises in OC aren't that great. The sunsets are much better. It's always pretty hazy there in the morning which obscures the sunrise. I parked myself on the lifeguard stand for a while and enjoyed the quiet, peaceful morning.
After I got back, Mysrey and I went for a bike ride on the boardwalk. We did this Sunday morning as well. Sometimes this can be a little perilous because of other slow bikes or kids on bikes. I had a few near misses myself. Here's some pics from our Sunday bike ride.
Life Saving Museum, OCMD. Notice in the far right of the pic is a ginormous shark caught off the coast of OC in the 80's. Also notice that annoying thing that looks like a car but is really a bike? You can fit about four adults in the stupid thing and go at a snails pace. They are the things that clog up the boardwalk in the morning. Hate them!
Here you have the ever present sand sculptures, always done with a religious theme.
And here's an example of the fine cultural centers one can find in OC. Do people really buy "art work" from this place???
So, after our morning rides, we went to Hall's for the breakfast buffet extravaganza! Lots of yummy fruit and my favorite, Tater Tots with the pool of ketchup on the side. On Sunday morning I introduced Mysrey to an OC landmark-The Fractured Prune. They make donuts to order. They are cake donuts, still hot with whatever toppings you want. They are deeelish! Monday morning we went for breakfast at the Bayside Skillet. They make huge omelets, blintzes, and crepes. My omelet had cream cheese, brown sugar and topped with strawberries. It's heaven!!
Dinner Saturday night was just across the street at the Bonfire. This place boasts a 100 foot buffet. I still feel bloated and fat when I think about it. I had crab legs galore! Sunday's dinner was at Fager's Island on the bay side. We sat out in the wonderful sunshine and enjoyed a nice meal. Here's Mysrey giving the menu a really good once over!
We decided to bypass our usual nap after the beach on Sunday for some fun at Seacrets. This place is just absolutely insane! It's like a city unto itself. You can wear your bathing suit there because they have rafts in the bay you can float on and have the waitress bring you drinks. You can play volleyball in the water as well or stay under the shade of the palm trees and snack on a jerk chicken sandwich. There's about 20 bars in the place and they all serve Seacrets signature drink a Pain in the Ass. It's a layered drink made from frozen Rum Runners and Pina Coladas. If you have too many you may end up on your ass! Check out the Seacrets link above, you have to see it to believe it! Check out the live web cam too!
Last night, Mysrey and I met up with our friend Kelly who was originally from central PA but decided to follow her heart and move to the beach. We met Kelly and company down at M. R. Ducks. That's not Mister Ducks...it's M.R. They sell t-shirts with the following conversation on the back...see if you can follow along: M.R. Ducks, M.R. not, O.S.A.R., C.M. Wangs?, L.I.B. M.R. Ducks. Got it?!? So, there's a live band there, lots of dancing, scarily close to the water I might add. The outside bar is on a boat dock. There's no railing anywhere to prevent someone from falling into the murkey depths of the bay. Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. I just love what the humid beach air does to my hair...yikes! Kelly introduced me and Mysrey to Jager Bombs. Yea, that's a shot of Jagermeister and Red Bull. Kelly has her very own special cups for drinking this concoction. I lost count how many I had but the Red Bull seems to take the hallucinogenes out of the Jager, thank goodness! After a couple of drinks there, it was off to The Bearded Clam, a few more Jager Bombs and a couple of renditions of "I've Got Friends in Low Places" and "Margaritaville" and we called it a night. I'm betting Kelly and crowd continued on! Kelly, thanks for the Jager Bombs and all the fun...and do you remember how to spell shut up?? Shuuuut uuuup!
We had a great weekend, no sun burns, blisters, or poisoning, just great memories!