Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Scavenger Hunt 2

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 these:

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
This is a view of the town (island) of Ocean City NJ, facing toward the bay.  You can see the bridge that you cross to come into Ocean City.  The large building to the far right of the photo is the high school grounds. Yes, kids apparently live here year round!  It was just before sunset when we took our ride and the sky was gorgeous.

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.


Karen said...

Fabulous finds! We spent several summers camping on Assateague Island and went into Ocean City for dinner almost every night. Lots of fun memories with our kids.

debs14 said...

You have some fab finds here! What a great trip. How annoying you lost some of your photos - the problems of the digital age. How lucky you have your phone photos safe and sound.

Sian said...

The photos are fantastic, but then so is the story. What a memorable trip..something to look back on for years to come.

The flagpole? Brilliant! Definitely a very clever find.

alexa said...

That's a great bunch of photos ... I gasped at the size of the carousel - splendid! You've clearly had a wonderfully memorable time, the two of you :).

Eileen T said...

It sounds like a fun trip. I love your photos from the top of the ferris wheel.

Lady Ella said...

Great turtle ornaments and "WHOOP!" to that flagpole!

BJ said...

Oooohh, all so colourful, adore all your turtles and the flags too. Great job. BJ

Becky said...

Wow! What a great collection of photos - love your panoramic view and your turtles!

A Bit of the Blarney said...

What a beautiful carousel!! Its just beautiful!! All your photos are vey good!

nancy y said...

excellent finds and photos! Can you imagine going to school there? I'd be looking out the window all the time.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I was both impressed with your lovely photos and your narrative. I felt like I was right there with you on this trip with you and your sister. Hope she had as much fun as I had seeing these great pictures.

Melissa said...

Wow - great finds & it sounds like y'all had a fabulous visit!! My favorite is the view from the Ferris wheel, but I agree that the flags is the find! (Technically, I'm still looking for that one!)

Maria Ontiveros said...

Wow - great job! The carousel and flags are great finds, but my favorite is the panorama (and the story).
Thanks for joining in the linky.

Maggie said...

How frustrating losing your pictures like that. The ones you have shown are great and all on one short break! Well done on the flags!

scrappyjacky said...

Some great finds....I love your panoramic scene.

Nathalie said...

Just came over from the linky and I enjoyed your vacation pictures! You got some really fantastic ones here, the sunset from above is gorgeous!

Hootin Anni said...

This is super!! Love the bright colors and 'action' of the flag pole. And the uniforms...wow. Those turtles in display are darling.

I joined in this time around and posted my finds. If you'd care to stop by for a visit, I'd love your company!!

Missus Wookie said...

My cousins spent most of every summer growing up in Ocean City - always told me how much they loved it. Great find on the flag pole too.