A Brief Respite at the Beach

My parents have a very nice fifth wheel camper that they drag all over the countryside, obeying the wanderlust gene that runs rampant in my family.  Last week, they parked themselves, their camper, and their cairn terrier Roxanne at a western-themed campground called Frontiertown that is approximately six miles from Ocean City, Maryland.  This, in and of itself is not surprising; they are always running off someplace fun with their camper and their pup.  The surprising (and most fun) part of this particular outing is that they invited just my sister, Kelly, and me to join them for a few days.  No brother, no husbands, no kids.  No responsibilities…..

Who would say no??

Even though I was only able to join the party for two days, we stuffed the time with fun.  I was spoiled by my parents.  I slept in a bunk bed.  I watched Dancing with the Stars (for the first time in my life) and witnessed Kelly Pickler become champion for the season.  I ate delicious food.  I laughed really hard.  I saw beautiful things.  I felt the sun on my face and the wind in my hair.  I hung out with my sister.  I shopped a tiny bit.  I propped my feet up and just relaxed.  I spent time with the people I knew and loved first and who knew me and loved me first.  I missed my own little family.  And, I took pictures.

It was a wonderful 48 hours.

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{ Roxanne, a.k.a Roxie }

Frontiertown has many things to recommend it which I will not elaborate on here.  There are two things, however, that struck me as especially noteworthy.  First, the bath houses were spotlessly clean and air-conditioned.  As someone who tents when she camps, I recognize this as a real luxury at a campground at the beach in the summer and I was duly impressed.  Second, at the back of Frontiertown is a quiet, marshy landscape that opens to a bay.  We took Roxie for walks there each day and it was unexpectedly lovely…

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Kelly and I spent a perfect afternoon on the beach at the end of the boardwalk.  I don’t even think I read anything.  I just sat there soaking up the rays and drinking in the scenery.

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We celebrated Mom’s birthday at The Hobbit, my favorite restaurant in Ocean City (and not just because of the name).  The back of the place is a wall of glass and the view of the bay alone would probably make the meal worthwhile.  Thankfully, I’ll never have to decide if that’s true because the food is delicious.  After dinner, we strolled the boardwalk, ate frozen custard, and froze a little bit ourselves.  The temperature was chilly despite the fact that summer is just around the corner.  There were no crowds and a very laid-back vibe was going on – definitely my kind of evening.  After Memorial Day, the pace will pick up considerably.

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{ The leggy pine trees that sheltered our camper }

We spent my last morning touring Assateague Island National Seashore, a barrier island of scrubby trees, marshes, and windswept beaches.  It is also home to two herds of wild horses; we were lucky enough to see several bands of the Maryland herd.  The beach is undeveloped and wild.  This early in the season it was empty except for some fisherman and a few brave souls trying out the icy water or camping on the beach.  It was such a glorious day – I could have stayed on the beach for hours…

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{ Scoping out the horses }

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{ Kelly, trying to get that elusive horse shot }

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I ended my brief sojourn in Maryland by meandering the narrow streets in Berlin.  The “downtown” area of this new-to-me village is filled with antique and vintage shops and one of a kind specialty boutiques.  Forty-seven of the town’s buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places – even the banks call gorgeous old brick buildings home.  Berlin was a very picturesque place to wile away the last few hours of my mini vacation.

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{ An elderly gentleman waiting patiently for his friend }

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Thanks Mom, Dad, and Kelly for a great little escape!

7 thoughts on “A Brief Respite at the Beach

  1. What a crazy world! I just started blogging and your blog was one of the ones suggested to me. I clicked through it and was looking at your beautiful pictures (I love photography as well) and I noticed this post. You were in Berlin/Ocean City Maryland- I have no idea where you call home, but my husband works just past Berlin in West Ocean City, and we live probably 20 minutes west in Salisbury! How crazy! If your parents ever head back there please feel free to contact me- there is a cupcake place in downtown Berlin that I don’t see in your pictures that you HAVE to try. I don’t know if you walked by it because I’m not an expert on downtown Berlin, but I doubt you did because it’s kind of at the ‘end’ of downtown. It’s probably where you would have turned around. 🙂

    1. It is a very small world, isn’t it? I’m so disappointed I missed the cupcake shop! I love cake. We really just sampled Berlin that afternoon but I would love to go back and take my time wandering around. I live in Lancaster county, PA and have been traveling down to Ocean City my whole life. I can’t believe it took me this long to discover a cute place like Berlin. Thanks for stopping by and best wishes for your blogging endeavor!

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