So last weekend we hit the five month mark for the wedding so to celebrate -and escape reality for a couple days- we made a little dash to Ocean City, MD. Amanda of course, as a native Marylander, grew up going to Ocean City. I, as a midwesterner, was uninitiated.
Being that it was the off season we knew it was a gamble as far as weather and what would or wouldn’t be open during our visit but those factors were trumped by the ultimate reward: off season = happier ben and amanda.
The breakdown for the equation goes something like this:
Off season = less people
Less people = more relaxing
More relaxing = less stress
Less stress = happier ben and amanda.
Fairly straight forward (and even obvious for anyone that knows either of us really well). There was a minor hiccup though, in that we did pick the same weekend of some big cheerleading competition as well as the rubber stamp and scrapbooking convention (both seemed to be centered, coincidentally, in the hotel where our condo was located) but it was still a very not crowded and relaxing weekend, complete with Skee Ball on the boardwalk, have a watch…
So Amanda got to relive many fond memories growing up and I got to relive fond memories playing skee ball in another location, oh, and check out a bunch of new stuff I’d never seen before. It was my first time ever on a boardwalk (at least as far as I can recall). Ocean City is an…interesting place. It’s not without its charms by any means and I certainly can’t complain having an ocean front condo for the weekend that allowed me to see and hear the ocean once night had fallen without even moving from my seat/bed/wherever. But I do have to ask, what on earth is the deal with having 47 different locations for the same establishment on a 5 mile stretch of road? Sunsations, I’m looking squarely at you as the most egregious offender here. There can’t possibly be a valid reason to have a presence on every single block down Coastal Highway. Other establishments such as Dumser’s (awesome Ice Cream and Shakes, by the way!) have a similar tendency but they aren’t as over the top as Sunsations. That being said, we did make a stop into one of the 147 different Sunsations (don’t ask me which one, I have no clue) and Amanda found a spiffy new hat, so all was not lost.
Although it was a somewhat chilly weekend, especially with the wind coming off the ocean, it was still very nice and we had ample time and good weather for hanging out on the boardwalk and on the beach. We even saw a couple incredibly brave (or incredibly naive) kids out there in bathing suits. We decided to stick to the sand though. It was a lot less cold that way and plus, I didn’t have to get my camera all wet and salty!
It was a great trip and I think we each got some much needed r&r (not that we don’t want more, of course). In just five short months all of the planning will come to fruition and then we’ll be whisked away to another piece of ocean front property for our honeymoon and we can’t wait!