Vacation over.... Time to Rest
Jun. 24, 2013 1:57 pm
Updated: Jun. 27, 2013 7:32 pm
When we go on vacations we don't rest much. Each day is filled with fun things to do and lots of good food. Good food that other people prepare for us. This year was no different.
Very early last Saturday morning we headed for the beach. Our group consisted of nine people: Us, daughter and son-in-law, and our Mexican family friends. Everyone was pretty excited to get on the road. We've all been to Chincoteague before and know how
much fun it can be. Also this year my sister-in-law was coming with a friend and her two teenage granddaughters. A total of 13 people would be at the same hotel. I was feeling sorry for anyone who may be staying at this hotel and was hoping for peace and
quiet. It turned out that we had an end of rooms to ourselves and nobody was in the rooms below us. The pool was pretty much ours any time of the day or night. The kids loved that!
The weather was not the normal sunny weather we usually have for our summer time stay at the beach, but that didn't stop anyone from having a good time. We just had to dodge some raindrops on a couple of the days and stay out of the ocean. It was VERY cold
in the water! I should say the adults stayed out of the ocean - the cold didn't seem to bother the little ones at all.
We left home at 5:30 a.m. and were eagerly anticipating our lunch stop. We reached Ocean Odyssey in Cambridge, Maryland right at lunch time and everyone ran in to order our crabs. Last year our friends came along and even their 5 year-old loved steamed blue
crabs. We ordered up 4 dozen of those crabs and got busy cracking them open and enjoying that sweet, succulent meat! Kristal and Jake were the only two not eating crabs. They ate their meal and then had to sit patiently (or maybe it was impatiently) while
the rest of us devoured every last morsel. Lunch was a 3 hour ordeal. Normally while traveling we make our meal stops quick. But stopping at Ocean Odyssey is the beginning of our vacation and we don't mind the long, leisurely lunch. Such a long stop puts
us arriving on Chincoteague Island just in time to check in, go say "Hello" to the beach, and head for pizza. There is a very good pizza shop on the Island and we always have pizza the first night. And oysters. Directly across the street from the hotel
is Captain Zack's. They open up the oysters and the boys go and pick them up. Pizza, beer, and 2 dozen oysters on the half shell. Doesn't get much better than that!
We had a good routine going each day. Bright and early we'd all head to the beach, stay until early afternoon then spend some time at the pool. Then we would clean up and do a little shopping or sight-seeing then go to dinner. Some of our favorite restaurants
are on this Island and we hit them all. Of course, no night was complete without a walk down to Island Creamery and a dish of fabulous homemade ice cream. My favorite is Marsh Mud. It is a chocolate lover's dream come true. So rich and chocolatey! I
like the Bourbon Caramel Crunch, too. The kids' favorites were the Cotton Candy Party and Birthday Cake.
One day we left early and went to Ocean City to spend the day. Federico wanted to have a drink on the beach and that is just not possible at Chincoteague. He got to have 2 drinks on the beach. Or maybe it was three. Lunch was at Hooter's that day. The boys
all thought that was great. To celebrate they all had a Pickle Shot. Yes. A pickle shot. What, you may ask, is a pickle shot? It is pickle juice and vodka. Gross as far as I'm concerned. They all had to try it, and I don't think it was because they
particularly thought it sounded good, but it came in a souvenir shot glass. A souvenir DOUBLE shot glass. And not just a normal shot glass, but one that looked like the body of a Hooter's girl. Federico is the only one who admitted he did not like the
taste of it, but he sure liked the glass! Jon and Jake swear they liked the shot and the glass was not bad either.
We ate seafood every night. At least those of us who like seafood did. Even the kids had shrimp and oysters. One night we decided we had spent quite a bit of money out and the kids wanted to swim in the pool so we bought 100 oysters from an oysterman and
3 pounds of steamed shrimp from Captain Zack's. That was dinner for myself, Jon, Marisela and Federico. Jake and Kristal and the kids had other food. Jon was the oyster shucker and he did a great job. The rest of us sat around the table poolside patiently
waiting as he would shuck 30 at a time. We would then squeeze lemon or lime juice on each little (or big) oyster and then drop a few drops of hot sauce or horseradish on them. We just sucked them right off of their shells. The seagulls spied us eating and
soon there were half a dozen seagulls swimming in the pool hoping we'd throw a few their way. When we didn't they then moved to the railing of the deck. Gulls are patient. And noisy. They did not leave until the last empty oyster shell was tossed in the
trash bag. I hope they found something for their dinner because we did not share.
Saturday morning we got up early and went to the oyster place to get some for home. Federico bought 100 for home and we only got 50 because we knew we were going to be too busy to eat many more than that this week. Our lunch time stop was once again at Ocean
Odyssey. This time, though, we only ordered two dozen steamed blue crabs.
Now I am writing this and waiting for Jon to get home. Dinner tonight is Oysters Rockefeller for an appetizer with oysters on the half shell, scallops and shrimp for dinner. Dessert will be pound cake with blueberries, ice cream and whipping cream on top.
We have some margarita mixed up and left over from vacation so we'll have that to drink. Tonight's dinner is the official end of Summer Vacation 2013 because the oysters will be gone.
It was a great vacation and next year will be here before we know it!
Jocelyn by Misty Statue
The boys and their pickle shots