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Vacation Time...with kids, crabs & oysters!! 
Jun. 27, 2012 3:21 pm 
Updated: Jul. 5, 2012 4:32 am
Jon and I head out to the Eastern Shore every summer, specifically Chincoteague Island, Virginia.  We've been going there since 1981 and have not missed many years, in fact some years we make it there twice - once in the summer and once in the winter.  Our kids went there almost every year of their lives while growing up and we have many, many happy memories of the Island and beach. 

This year we went to the beach and took along our Mexican friends.  The ones who run the Mexican Restaurant that we recently became owners of.  Back in January, Federico told us he wanted to take his family on a vacation to the beach but had no idea where to go, how to go, or what to do.  So, we invited them along with us.  Early last Thursday morning we met at their house and headed East.  They have three kids, ages 5, 7 and 10, so we took one in our truck with the promise to the other two that they would have their turn in our truck.  Who would have ever guessed that a ride in our truck could mean so much to a kid?  Every stop there was much arguing over who was going to ride with us!

We have a routine for this trip to Chincoteague and it always involves a stop in Cambridge, Maryland at Ocean Odyssey for some good steamed blue crabs for lunch.  Our friends had never had them and couldn't wait to try them.  They ordered their children meals off the children's menu, but not much was eaten off those plates.  When the waitress brought out the tray of steaming crabs they all wanted those instead!  They all learned how to crack those crabs open and dig in for the tasty crab meat.  I didn't count how many they ate, but it was several and they loved every morsel!  We assured them there would be more of those on the Island, as well as delicious oysters.  Only Federico had ever had an oyster and he said he loved them; just the way we do - with fresh lemon squeezed on them with a drop of hot sauce. 

Once we arrived at the hotel, we quickly checked in and headed to the beach.  I love sharing "my beach" with friends;especially when they've never been to a beach before.  The look on those kids' faces was priceless!  I will tell you right now - we spent quite a few hours of every day on that beach.  They had so much fun, and became pros at boogie boarding.  It had been many years since I was at the beach with children and I forgot just how much sand could find it's way into everything!

Across from our hotel was a seafood place called Captain Zack's.  We were pretty sure they'd have oysters - and oh did they!  Jon and Federico went over and got 2 dozen oysters on the half shell and brought them back.  At first nobody would try them. Then, I showed Federico how to have a drunken oyster.  That's where you drop an oyster in a shot glass, pour some hot sauce on him, fill the glass with vodka (or if you're Mexican it turns out it's Tequila), and drink it down.  Suddenly Marisela decided to try one.  Then two.  Then three.  Then the kids wanted one as well.  Then two.  Then three.  Which meant that Jon and Federico made another trip across the street for another two dozen oysters. 

The next day we made a stop at the local seafood store and bought about 6 dozen oysters.  They're much cheaper that way and we had brought our oyster knife along, as well as a large cooler since we knew we'd be bringing oysters home with us as always. 

We spent our days playing on the beach and having a ton of fun.  We even climbed the to the top of Assateague Lighthouse.  Something our family had done years ago.  Our friends and their kids loved it once we reached the top.  The workers at the top had binoculars to share as well as some interesting facts and stories.  The kids made quick friends with them.  These kids and their dad can walk into a room full of strangers and make friends within minutes; they are just super friendly, outgoing people.

One afternoon we decided to head to the local waterfront bar and sit with a drink and relax, enjoying the view.  I "pinky-promised" the kids that if they behaved during the grown up funtime, then we'd take them to the park for some good old-fashioned kid funtime.  They sat down at a table with paper and crayons and were the best behaved kids you've ever seen.  As we walked to the car, Yahir (the 7 year old) reminded me I had pinky-promised a trip to the park.  They played for a couple hours and had a blast.

We made four trips to the Island Creamery - an ice cream parlor that makes the best ice cream on the Eastern Shore.  Marsh Mud is my favorite, but after that I can't say - I like them all the same. 

Our vacation ended way too soon and before we knew it we were packing the trucks to head back to Ohio.  Our last stop on the Island was at the Seafood store to buy oysters.  We bought 3 dozen and Federico bought 150 oysters!  He wanted to share them with all the guys at the restaurant.

This morning I got up - did my laundry and headed to the restaurant to get the checkbook in order.  While I was working I could smell the delicious aroma of homemade waffle cones being made by the girl in the ice cream shop that is owned by the building owner we rent from, so I decided my lunch would be a coconut almond joy ice cream cone in a waffle cone.  But, while I was still working in the office, I suddenly heard my name being called out from the kitchen.  So, I got up and went out to see what was going on.  The oysters had come out of the cooler and were being sampled!  Federico opened one up with his screwdriver for me and I squeezed some lime on it with a few drops of hot sauce and popped it in my mouth.  As it slid down my throat, I closed my eyes and imagined the sound of the gulls screeching overhead and the smell of the salt air and pretended I was back at the Beach!
At the top Of Assateague Lighthouse
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Jun. 28, 2012 6:27 am
Green with envy! What a fun trip to share with your friends! I would love to try fresh seafood :)
Jun. 28, 2012 6:48 am
Hi Cat! Fresh seafood is the best! The only thing I really don't care for is scallops, and I'll even eat them in a pinch. LOL
Jun. 28, 2012 7:35 am
Lovely blog, Mother Ann, and what a lovely thing to do for your friends. You make me want to go to the beach, too!
Jun. 28, 2012 8:15 am
So much fun relaxing and enjoying the ocean with friends and kids. I used to live in Virginia Beach. I have wonderful memories of eating crabs with lots of lemon on newspaper and enjoying going to the beach.
Jun. 28, 2012 8:52 am
Hi there Mother Ann! Sounds like you had tons of fun! Thanks for sharing those good times with us!
Jun. 28, 2012 10:28 am
What fun! Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation with great friends. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Jun. 28, 2012 10:33 am
Well now... your vacation sounds way better than our staycation! I almost felt as if I were there with you! Now if you'll excuse me I gotta start calling around to find a bushel of oysters!
Jun. 28, 2012 12:25 pm
In two weeks, those oysters will be mine! Now I know I gotta have fun so I can top this super blog! Might have to lie some,maybe.
Jun. 28, 2012 6:21 pm
Bibi - I love the beach! I could go there all the time and never tire of it I'm sure.
Jun. 28, 2012 6:22 pm
Lela, I've been to Virginia Beach and really liked it there, too.
Jun. 28, 2012 6:23 pm
Bellepepper & Paula - It was a blast. Sharing it with friends made this year even more special to us. We're already planning next year and my daughter and son-in-law are going to go with us. It should be even more fun than this year!
Jun. 28, 2012 6:24 pm
Terry - those oysters are so darn good! I'm just waiting for hubby to get home so we can enjoy a few for a snack!
Jun. 28, 2012 6:25 pm
Mike, if you're heading to a beach, you're gonna have fun. As my 3 kids said "It's the law!!" :) Can't wait to hear of your adventures.
Jun. 29, 2012 6:29 am
Hey Mother Ann, way to make another memory!I'm glad all of you had a blast! Next time you go to the shore and your friends come along you'll have to take them crabbing, the kids will have a blast! Take care and hope everything is going smoothly with your new restaurant.
Jun. 29, 2012 6:37 am
dragonfly22 - we had plans to take them crabbing but ran out of time! We used to crab with our kids, they always had a lot of fun. Restaurant is doing well - in fact our liquor license arrived yesterday and the margaritas were selling as fast as they could serve them as it was almost 100 degrees outside!
Jun. 29, 2012 7:13 pm
I am so glad to hear it Mother Ann!!! Save a margarita for me with an extra shot and extra salt on the rocks!!!! Keep cool and take care of that extended family, they sound like great people!
Jun. 30, 2012 2:11 pm
YEAH! I have something to woot woot about, not as good as fresh seafood but what can I say I am landlocked! My blackberries did not fail this year and I am making my own blackberry flavored brandy to use in your FAMOUS cranberry recipe! YEAH!
Jul. 1, 2012 4:15 am
Oh Cat! That sounds absolutely wonderful!!! Double WOOT WOOT!!! :D
Jul. 1, 2012 5:14 am
And it looks really pretty too! I can't believe how the berries are coloring the brandy so quickly. Oh and the recipe said after straining out the fruit not to toss it but use it as a sauce over cake or ice cream. Another fun experiment just waiting LOL!
Jul. 1, 2012 9:23 am
Oh yummy! my mouth is watering!
Jul. 1, 2012 1:58 pm
I'll happily take suggestions as to what to do with the leftover fruit :)
Jul. 1, 2012 3:04 pm
Such a wonderful trip! How lucky for this family that you and your husband are such generous souls, and it seems like you too, were lucky, to have them join you on this trip. I can smell the salt air...
Jul. 2, 2012 4:37 am
Cat, wonder how those berries would taste over cheesecake? Or, ice cream sounds good to me!
Jul. 2, 2012 4:40 am
Wyattdogster - I have to admit I was a little skeptical at first about going on vacation with this family. We've done vacations before with friends and while we always had fun, there were some tense moments. These kiddos are so well-behaved and we all just got along great! I'll go back again with them anytime! I can still smell the salt air, and we have about a bucket and a half of sand inside Jon's truck! LOL
Jul. 3, 2012 11:15 am
oh my gosh..what a great blog.~I can almost smell the ocean, and taste the oysters. Our beach of choice is N. Myrtle in SC~LOVE it there..and much like you and yours~we've vacationed there every summer.
Jul. 5, 2012 4:32 am
CrazyCat - I've never been to Myrtle Beach. Some day I want to go, I've heard it's nice. Many of our friends don't understand why we go back year after year to the same place - that beach and town just call me back... We do like to travel other places, but we always save time for a trip there as well. We also always go on a camping trip to Crozet, VA to hike in Shenandoah National Park and visit all (or at least as many as possible) the wineries and breweries in the area. We're just creatures of habit!
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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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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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