I had a really wonderful visit with my sister Deanna July 20-24. I flew her out here to celebrate her 50th birthday (which was in June but we had to work around her work and kid schedules). The only thing she asked for was to see the ocean. You don't get much of that living in Tennesee. Needless to say, I was happy to oblige! And Ocean City was a wonderful spot for Scavenger Hunt photos!
We arrived and checked into our bed and breakfast around 3:00 in the afternoon on the 21st. With only 45 hours for our total visit, we wanted to fit everything in! As soon as the rain cleared, we headed up to the boardwalk and visited the shops. Stopping in my favorite shop, the first thing we noticed was:
#7 - a turtle:
Then this one:
And I thought finding a turtle was going to be hard!
We had dinner at Manco and Manco - the best pizza anywhere! And dessert at Kohr Bros - frozen custard - orange and vanilla twist (think the flavor of the creamsicles you used to get from the ice cream truck as a kid!). Then we walked down to Wonderland Pier which is one of the small amusement parks on the boardwalk. On the way there we found:
#17 - matching uniforms - a string band from Philadelphia. And by the uniforms, I would guess they are part of the Mummers Parade.
Our first stop at Wonderland Pier was
# 19 - a ticket booth:
Across from the ticket booth is #13 - a carousel:
But we didn't go on the carousel. We bought tickets for the ferris wheel ($6 each, sheesh!) just so I could get this photo:
#16 a panoramic view from high up
And facing to the other side of the ferris wheel is a view of the boardwalk and the Atlantic Ocean. Also qualifies for #20 - a natural body of water... a very big one!
On our second day, we got up early and walked the beach. A stingray had gotten stranded on the beach side of a rock jetty when the tide went out and we helped guide it (pushing its wings over the sand bars in the shallows) back out to the ocean. I had a few really good photos of our rescue, along with shots of architectural columns under the 14th St. fishing pier and a tent on the beach (and waves, and pink toes, and the sunrise). But when I got home... I accidentally formatted my SD card before downloading my pictures. UGH!!! At least most of my Scavenger Hunt shots were cell phone shots and not deleted.
Up on the boardwalk again, we captured Alternative B - someone holding an umbrella:
Truthfully, this was two artists setting up to paint and the umbrellas would eventually be fixed on a pole to shade their work. I was lucky to catch the lady in the white shirt while she had the umbrella in her hands!
Later in the day, we went shopping in town and stumbled upon this:
#15 - a flag pole with at least 3 flags:
I have Deanna to thank for noticing this. We were on our way to lunch, came to an intersection, and I said "we need to turn left here." Her response was "We can't" and she physically turned me around to see this. I could have walked one end of Ocean City to the other and never seen this particular house!
I consider this the find of the trip as I never thought I'd find this one!
We capped off this trip with massages and movies - saw Magic Mike XXL. Channing Tatum makes for very nice eye candy!
Our family vacation to Ocean City is in mid-August and I hope to capture some of the photos I lost then. Unfortunately, our sting ray rescue mission has been relegated to a sweet memory with no proof.