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Oysters, Blue Crabs & Shrimp.... Oh my!! 
Jun. 29, 2011 10:09 am 
Updated: Jun. 30, 2011 7:35 am
My husband and I just got back from our annual trek to Chincoteague Island - our paradise on the Eastern Shore.  We went there 30 years ago for our honeymoon and have been there almost every year since.  It doesn't seem like a vacation to us much anymore, it's more like a homecoming.  We know that Island almost as well as our home town, and some of the restaurants are our favorites; places we eat at just as often as restaurants here in Ohio.

Of course on our way thru Cambridge, MD we stopped at Ocean Odyssey for lunch.  Eating there has become tradition for us.  This year we started off our seafood indulgence with a tray of blue crabs.  Yummy!  Nothing better than a steamed blue crab with Old Bay seasoning on it, unless its oysters...  or shrimp.... or broiled flounder topped off with crab meat.....

This was the first extended stay in our new camper and it was very comfortable.  The first morning I woke up early and made blueberry muffins for our breakfast.  They weren't homemade, just a mix, but they smelled good and tasted good with a glass of milk.  We discovered our "neighbors" across from us were the same "neighbors" we had last year!  They had their dogs with them this year - a yellow lab that is as old as our Missy (12-1/2) and a new mixed breed rescue dog.  Both dogs were very friendly and I enjoyed seeing them since we left our girls at home.

We had a pretty good routine for how to spend our days.    We spent every morning on the beach.  I could sit for hours and just watch the waves roll in, and I did.  We also walked the beach and chatted with the surf fisherman.  We saw a few fish being caught and several rays.  This year there seemed to also be an abundance of surfers.  They were fun to watch.

We'd head back to the camper for lunch.  The first day we had pulled pork sandwiches from home.  After that we had oysters and shrimp.  We usually also had a mid-afternoon glass of wine or a strawberry daiquiri.  I could get in to that life-style!    After lunch we'd take our showers and head off to visit some of the quaint little shops in town, or maybe take a trip around the wild life loop, or whatever we could think of doing.  Friday we ventured off the Island and went to Bloxom Vineyard & Winery.  They had not one, but three (!!)(at least that's how many we saw) winery dogs.  We had some awesome ciabatta bread to dip in olive oil & oregano with our bottle of Red Kiss wine.  We also bought a couple bottles of chardonnay and merlot to bring home.  It was a nice, fun relaxing afternoon.   In the evenings we'd go out for dinner.   I think I ate a bushel of oysters, pounds of shrimp and dozens of blue crabs.  After each meal I'd think "This was the best meal yet!"  At one of our favorite places, Bill's Seafood, the waiter said he remembered waiting on us this past winter when we were there - except he remembered our son being with us, who was not on this trip.  That's some memory - I'm sure that young man has served many, many people in the last 6 months!  Last year we had discovered a new place The Crab Shack.  We remembered it being a fun, upbeat place to eat, so we went there one day.  We were not disappointed!  I think they have a good thing going there.  I'm not sure how many blue crabs I had. Our waitress was a cute young girl, who had been in Ohio not far from where we live not too long ago.  She was fun to talk to and made our meal that much better.

We made a few stops at the Island Creamery for ice cream.  It's not on anybody's diet list, that's for sure, but every bite was delicious!   Then, we'd head back to our camper and break out an evening beverage.  There we'd sit and wait for the lighthouse to come on for the evening and cast its beacon of light over the Island. 
Jun. 29, 2011 11:00 am
You paint a loving and lovely picture, Mother Ann! And, you have the right idea about vacations--the cook needs a break, too! Isn't it nice to be able to fall into the easy rhythm of a place like that? Calgon, take me away!
Jun. 29, 2011 11:10 am
Bibi - We started camping for vacations years ago when we realized if we spent less money on lodging there would be more money for eating. Something we all love and appreciate in my family!
Jun. 29, 2011 11:49 am
Ahhhhhhhh Ocean Odyssey. Yes I remember it well!
Jun. 29, 2011 11:57 am
I remembered your blog, and for some reason that picture of your new shoes! :-) I had to go back and re-read about your trip to the Eastern Shore!
Jun. 29, 2011 12:25 pm
Funny what sticks in your mind! We are heading to Bethany later next month. Maybe drive down to the island? It is not that far!
Jun. 29, 2011 2:00 pm
I've lived in VA my entire life & still haven't been there (or the Cherry Blossom festival in DC, The Urbanna Oyster Festival,...)
Jun. 29, 2011 2:10 pm
Virginia Mom - What are you waiting for?? :-D
Jun. 29, 2011 5:26 pm
Have you ever seen the Pony Round Up?
Jun. 29, 2011 6:14 pm
sounds wonderful!! i pass by there twice a year and everytime wish i could stop for a bit....one day....
Jun. 29, 2011 8:11 pm
Isn't it funny? You there on the East Coast... me here on the West Coast and we can be doing the same thing. My husband and I had our first date at the Oregon Coast eating oysters,(ours are Dungeones)clams and shrimp, drinking wine, walking on the beach, and perusing the gift shops. Aaaahhhh, that's the life. I'm so glad you got to go Mother Ann.
Jun. 30, 2011 3:31 am
Witchywoman - no, I've never been there for that. I don't think I'd like the crowd. We did go one year right before and we went to the carnival. This year there was an abundance of babies and they were so cute! How have you been? Haven't seen you on here for a loooonngg time.
Jun. 30, 2011 3:32 am
njmom - if you do stop by - be sure to get some ice cream at Island Creamery. They have some of the best ever!
Jun. 30, 2011 3:32 am
Candice - your first date sounds like heaven - no wonder he's now your husband!
Jun. 30, 2011 7:10 am
I should have read this after mowing the lawn. Now I'm too relaxed! I'm going to tell my wife it's your fault that the mowing remains undone.
Jun. 30, 2011 7:35 am
I always get blamed for everything! LOL...
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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