Saturday, October 11, 2014

WhaT We Did ON OuR SuMMeR VacATiOn


Jim and I recently returned from a well deserved and much needed week at our favorite vacation spot, Ocean City, Maryland. Normally, I would have posted a little blurb with each day's activities, but the Wifi connection in the hotel was so sketchy, I couldn't stay signed on long enough to do much of anything! Speaking of our hotel, I'll get the whining out of the way first. We'd reserved an ocean front room with one king-sized bed, a sitting area and full kitchen. What we got was an ocean view room on the side of the building with a mini kitchen and couch shoved in one corner and two king-sized beds. Upon pulling back the drapes we discovered that our "ocean view" wasn't exactly what we had in mind. It was this:

Yes that's right, Hooters! Not even a good one either! We ate lunch there last year and it was horrible! If we sat sideways, we could see a little bit of the ocean but the building air conditioner units were so loud that we rarely got to hear the waves. At least we could see the kites from The Kite Loft dancing in the breeze so we decided to make the best of it.

The weather was gorgeous most of the week, with the exception of a mini hurricane that blew through. I must admit that I'm a bit of an adventurous, aka stupid, person when it comes to these big storms. I love watching the rain falling sideways and the waves up over 8 feet. I found a little corner on the balcony where, if I huddled close to the wall, I could watch it all and not get wet! I was able to take a few pictures prior to the storm hitting but once the sustained 50mph winds hit,  photography was not possible. Jim was shocked to find me out there at 4am, but I was enjoying watching the storm, listening to the power of the wind and waves and thinking. It was actually quite relaxing! Fortunately, the rain had stopped by morning and we were able to venture outside.
Thar's a storm a-brewin'!
Morning clouds gave way to a sunny sky!
As was the case last year, we needed to rent mobility scooters because of Jim's foot surgery and my awful back. I was hoping that the treatment I'd recently started would allow me to walk the boardwalk, but it's too soon for that. With everything that's wrong with my spine, I have a long way to go. We rented from the same super nice man as last year and since we were repeat customers, he allowed us to keep the scooters for 4 days for the price of 2! We even got to take them back to our hotel room!
Watch out! It's Lightening Lanteigne, Speed Demon Deluxe!
We rode up and down the boardwalk, photographing our favorite spots, checking out a few shops for souvenirs for the grand babes and had a nice lunch while watching the waves. The sea gulls were insane, trying to steal our food and squawking up a storm! Jim finally decided to buy them a funnel cake (sucker) and that's when the trouble started! If you've even been to the beach, you know that if there's one sea gull eating, there's 1000 more uninvited guests on their way to crash the party. Soon we were surrounded! These guys were bold too, attempting to take the food right off of the plate! They were diving in so closely that we were getting hit in the head by their wings! People eating at the outdoor restaurants were laughing and taking pictures when Jim finally made a run for cover between the entrance of two buildings. I followed him and the birds followed me! I decided to treat them like I do my dogs and told them all to wait their turns and sit still. This worked for a while as I hand fed the ones cooperating, then the trouble makers again tried to steal the entire funnel cake off the plate which made the ones behaving themselves start to complain and it was a full-out riot! It was like a scene from "The Birds"!

I love this little guy. He looks like "what do you mean it's all gone?"
The worst part was when this poor young lady was standing on the sea wall, posing for pictures for her family and the birds decided to, well, poop all over her! She was squealing and laughing and saying something in Japanese and didn't seem too traumatized by the event, but Jim and I decided to make our way down the boardwalk and see what other mischief we could get into.

Jim Feelin' Groovy!
We went up onto the pier and enjoyed the view for a little while, but it began to rain so we decided we'd better get ourselves back to the hotel. A quick stop for iced coffee and we were back inside our home away from home.

Fishing Pier

Storm coming in

I tried that selfie thing but don't think I quite got the hang of it yet! LOL!
Coming Up - Jim's Beach Birthday!

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day! Hugs, Leena

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like you had a wonderful time in spite of the rain AND the birds. Did you ever see that part of Nemo (movie) where the sea gulls are going Mine-Mine-Mine. That made me think of that. Will look forward to the birthday pictures from the "almost oceanfront" room. xo Diana


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