"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood... And sorry I could not travel both. I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference." --Robert Frost

Monday, July 17, 2017

Beach Time with Rita

Laurel, Delaware
Trap Pond State Park



After the busy reunion weeks, our week in Delaware was supposed to be mostly restful, but a family emergency took Steve to Arizona just after we set up.

Trap Pond State Park

 

Pretty park, not much privacy between sites but hardly any one was here.  Site #A21 with Water/Electric at $31.  The pond is large and kayaking is popular.  There are also walking/biking trails around the park.  It's a very pretty area and I was surprised at how much farming is out here.  Miles of beans, corn and zucchini.  There are farm stands everywhere.
 
 
 
A bit of a heat wave was going through the East Coast and it was HOT and HUMID here all week!  Temps in the upper 80s and 90s with 90% humidity.  Yuck!  Too uncomfortable to be outside actually.  Hurley and I did take a 4 mile hike around the lake but the deer flies tortured us the whole time.  Awful.
Hurley keeping a close eye on the squirrels. It was too hot outside even for the squirrels.
 
Back to our family emergency.  Steve's Dad has been in declining health the past couple of years.  He has Parkinson's as well as some other issues.  We really noticed him going downhill after our visit in March.  I won't go into too much detail, but it can be very stressful to deal with when family cannot agree on what to do and how to handle it.  He really should've been in an assisted living center back in March, but his wife has been somewhat in denial and insisting she can care for him.  Well, of course it got to the point she could not.  The past few months he has been falling more and needing the help of emergency crews/family/friends etc.  His mind is also slipping. All this has put a strain on Steve's stepmom as she is also in her 80s and just can't do it alone anymore.  Things peaked and Steve decided he needed to be there to help get him into some type of care facility.  (As of this writing, he is in a residential care home and it has been, and continues to be, very stressful for all of us).  Dealing with this while being on the road has its positives and negatives.  Steve can always fly back again if necessary and if things take a turn for the worse, we will just turn around and park the rig there if need be.
 
The other reason for being here in southern Delaware is that my sweet friend, Rita, that I met while we lived in New York is just 45 minutes away in Ocean City, MD.  Our second sons were in Kindergarten together, so we've known each other 22 years!  Plus I get to finally meet her boyfriend, Michael.  Both of them are incredibly talented singers and musicians.  They are perfect for each other!
The view out of Rita's apartment.

After dropping Steve off at the airport and dealing with a 3 hour drive back, I arrived at Rita's.  We went to a local bar to see a friend of hers perform.  It was a fun time!
Rita, Michael and Me
 
A little later in the evening :-)
 
Rita singing Black Bird.
 
Rita' second son Sean who went to Kindergarten with our son Shane.  I hadn't seen him since we left, almost 20 years ago.  All grown up now!

After the bar we were all hungry so of course Rita whipped up some sauce and we had a little late night pasta!  She is an amazing cook!  Last year she made us a feast (go to the bottom of the feast link and you'll see the feast!).  Steve was bummed to be out of town and miss out.

Mangia!

Later in the week I drove back to Ocean City so Rita could take me to the boardwalk.  Her sister Antoinette joined us.  I also haven't seen her for many years.
I'm used to much smaller boardwalks in California.  The ones out here go for miles along the beach and have about every type of food you can think of as well as shopping, bars and rides.

Me and Rita

This wooden boardwalk goes on for miles!

Huge, clean beaches too.


Several walks lead from the boardwalk down to the water.


Me, Antoinette & Rita

Me, Rita & Antoinette



Food, food and more food!

 
After the boardwalk they wanted to take me to the famous Seacrets Restaurant/Bar.  One of the highest grossing establishments of its type considering it sees most of its profit in June - Aug.

Goofin off out front.

They just opened up their own distillery.

This place is huge!  There is a large restaurant, several tiki bars, entertainment and more.  The owner is known to replace all the palms and tropical plants each year as they don't grow too well with the cold winters.  He even bought his own palm plantation to grow them.  It's like being in Jamaica!  There are even tables set up IN the water!  It is an amazing place. If you want to read more about it click HERE.

Seating sea-side!

 

 

We had some great salads and drinks before I had to head back to the airport in Baltimore to pick up Steve.  I had a really great time with Rita this week.  She is the sweetest person inside and out!

Once Steve was back we visited 16 Mile Brewery.  It was named after the county seat which was moved to Lewes as it was "16 miles to anywhere".

 

They are also dog friendly.  Meet Winston.

The Rebel Cove Food Truck had the most amazing BBQ.  I had a Pulled Pork sandwich with thin sliced pineapple, green onions and a teriyaki sauce.  Delicious!

One last picture of my beautiful Italian friends!

12 comments:

  1. So sorry you are having to deal with all the stress of the family stuff; hopefully its close to getting some resolution. Looks like you had fun in the OC!!

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    1. Thanks Cori. It's been very difficult and it's still not the best situation but we're all working on it. I did have a great time with my friend though!

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  2. Sorry to hear about Steves dad ..... very nice pictures

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  3. What a great girlfriend-time you had!! At least you had some beach to go with your heat and humidity. I just couldn't do those east coast summers :-) Love the big tire pic! We know how it is to have parental health issues from far away, and those solo flights back to deal with them. Hopefully once he's settled where he can have proper care, Dad will be just fine. Bill's mom is very happy in residential care in Fresno, close to her sister and other family.

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    1. It was a great time with my friend. I couldn't live where there is humidity either. Thanks for the kind words. I'd like to be able to write more about it but it's too hard to find the words without hurting family's feelings. It's been hard and I don't see it getting better or easier unfortunately. We've had others reach out with advice and it's really helped. Thank you.

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  4. Having aging parents while we are on the road is one of the negatives. But as you said, we can always park and fly where ever. Hope things are better now for Steve's dad and stepmom.

    The east coast shore and boardwalk sure is different than the west coast. And the east has vegetable stands EVERYWHERE! I am never at lose for fresh produce when back home visiting. Our daughter went to college about 30 mins from Seacret's. She spent too many nights there!! She and her husband were there for a revisit with friends about the same time you were there. Loved the video of Rita!! Great voice!

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    1. Thank you. We're still working out the details with his Dad. I'm loving the veggie stands! Problem in Delaware was I was by myself in the rig and all the stands I went to except one, only sold huge baskets of the veggies. I just wanted a handful of this or that to cook for the next couple of days :-) Oh well, I enjoyed what I was able to get. Perhaps I walked past your daughter? How funny. Thanks, my friends are amazingly talented!

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  5. Looks like a fun area and good times! Sorry to hear about your dad Steve. We've been through the aging parents stage and it's heartbreaking to see them decline and go. Good luck and safe travels!

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  6. Sorry to hear about Steve's dad. Looks like you had a blast with your girlfriend, how great to reconnect again.

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    1. Thank you. I did have a lot of fun with my friend, Rita!

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