Crashing Beach Week in Ocean City

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Chesapeake Bay Bridge

A tradition in the Mid-Atlantic region is for newly graduated  high school or university students to head for one of the Atlantic Ocean resort towns for a few days following their Commencement ceremony. Known as "Beach Week" or Senior Week", the festive period actually lasts from May to June as different schools complete their Spring terms.

Julia had graduated from high school on Monday and soon made the trek to Ocean City, Maryland, along with her Prom Group friends on Tuesday morning. (One of the parents drove them.) Sad to say, I needed to retreive her on Thursday afternoon so she could attend her university summer orientation the next day. Of course, I'm always ready for a road trip, so looked forward to a drive to Ocean City.

Ocean City Welcome Center
It's 173 miles (289 km) from Springfield to Ocean City. The route takes one up along Washington's Beltway to US Highway 50, then east through Annapolis and across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The bridge brings one to Maryland's Eastern Shore, the region on the DelMarVa Peninsula between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic coast. The Eastern Shore is flat coastal plain with agriculture still a very prominent activity. It's a historic part of Maryland, settled in the 17th century. Many historical markers dot Highway 50. Tempting, but I did not have time to stop to investigate them.  I made good time, leaving home at 10:30 a.m. and arriving at the Ocean City Visitor Center at 1:15 p.m. (Traffic can be fierce on this highway on Friday and Sunday afternoons in summer as weekenders arrive and depart.
Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City
  But on a weekday traffic was not bad at all.)

I asked at the Visitor Center, just outside of town, about a place to have lunch. I very much wanted a Maryland crabcake sandwich. Several restaurants in West Ocean City (before one crosses to the island itself) were recommended and Captain's Galley fit the bill. [Review to come.]

Route 50 finally crosses Sinepuxent Bay to end at the entrance to the Ocean City Boardwalk. Ocean City is built on a long, thin, barrier island.  It's been a popular beachside resort since 1875 has long been a place Washingtonians go when they go to The Beach. I'd arragend to meet Julia at 3:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn. We then agreed on a 5:30 p.

The Boardwalk at Ocean City
m. departure. She wanted to spend a bit more time with her friends, and, having made the trip, I wanted to explore for a while.

Ocean City has a Boardwalk, as do most Atlantic coast resort towns. (The Boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ, is the most famous.) Ocean City's extends some two miles along the beachfront, separating the town from the ocean. It's replete with hotels, food establishments, amusements, and souvenir and T-shirt shops. I started at 17th Street and walked down to the beginning of the Boardwalk. The weather was overcast and cool at 73F (23C), not conducive to a day in the sand. Nevertheless, many beachgoers were in the water. The brisk wind made for good kite flying for many. Many new graduates, as well as families, were out and about taking in the sea breeze and the sights. The graduates were in seach of a memory of their visit in the form of a themed T-shirt or hoodie (or visit to one of the several piercing pavillions). I found salt water taffy and the requisite souvenir magnet. Food-wise, the Ocean City Boardwalk is famous for salt water taffy found either at Dolle's or Candy Kitchen candy shops and tubs of tasty French fries (chips) found at Thatcher's or Boardwalk Fries.

ejames01 says:
Very Nice!!
Posted on: Sep 03, 2009
azsalsa says:
What a nice day out, although it looked a bit stormy! I've been to Ocean City a couple of times. Once, on a really cold day, I was eating a cup of clam chowder and a seagull flew down and perched on the side of my cup! Needless to say, he got the rest of the soup............scared the crap out of me! How time flies and children grow-up. Good luck to your daughter as she enters the next phase of her life!
Posted on: Jul 09, 2009
KeikoCreative says:
Congratulations on your daughter's graduation:)
Oh I love Ocean city Maryland, I have been there to the boardwalk, love it very much.
What a waste I never know crabcake sandwich, but I did try their paprika crab is really very delicious:)
Posted on: Jul 09, 2009
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Chesapeake Bay Bridge
Chesapeake Bay Bridge
Ocean City Welcome Center
Ocean City Welcome Center
Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City
Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City
The Boardwalk at Ocean City
The Boardwalk at Ocean City
Intrepid beachgoers
Intrepid beachgoers
Ocean City Boardwalk at 17th Street
Ocean City Boardwalk at 17th Street
A Coolish Day for the Beach
A Coolish Day for the Beach
Boardwalk Tram
Boardwalk Tram
Signs of Senior Week
Signs of Senior Week
On the Boardwalk
On the Boardwalk
Seaside residence
Seaside residence
Ocean City City Hall
Ocean City City Hall
St. Pauls-by-the-Sea (1900)
St. Paul's-by-the-Sea (1900)
Sand Sculpture
Sand Sculpture
Sand sculpture detail
Sand sculpture detail
Sand sculpture detail
Sand sculpture detail
Sculpture of a different sort
Sculpture of a different sort
Gateway to the Boardwalk
Gateway to the Boardwalk
Flags over Ocean City
Flags over Ocean City
Firefighters Memorial
Firefighter's Memorial
Side street in Ocean City
Side street in Ocean City
Ripleys Believe-it-or-Not
Ripley's Believe-it-or-Not
Shark Attack!
Shark Attack!
Boardwalk businesses
Boardwalk businesses
Salt Water Taffy from the Boardwalk
Salt Water Taffy from the Boardwalk
Jolly Roger Amusement Park
Jolly Roger Amusement Park
Ferris Wheel at the amusement park
Ferris Wheel at the amusement park
Beach Banners
Beach Banners
Themed Motel
Themed Motel
Seniors check out the Boardwalk
Seniors check out the Boardwalk
Surfs Up!
Surf's Up!
Beach games
Beach games
New graduates are welcome in Ocean…
New graduates are welcome in Ocea…
Julia dons Senior Week attire
Julia dons Senior Week attire
Ocean City
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