September 25th, 2009 – by: Andy99
The Atlantic at Ocean City
After a morning drive around Chincoteague's main streets (and a stop for gas), it was time to leave the island. The weather had really held for us during our stay, despite the mosquitoes. This morning it was now overcast, rain was impending, and it was much cooler, a sign it really was fall. Returning to the Delmarva mainland, we resumed our drive up US Highway 13 and crossed the Maryland state line in only a few minutes. The drive led to Berlin, Maryland, and the Route 113 turnoff for Ocean City
. Outside Ocean City, we stopped at the Visitor Center where I had been in June. But, this time, we would stay overnight at the beach. As we were near West Ocean City, we already had decided to have lunch at the Captain's Galley II restaurant I alos had discovered in June.
While we enjoyed a lunch of more Chesapeake crab, the weather cleared! By 1:00 p.m. the sun was out!
After lunch, we proceeded to Ocean City and to the Holiday Inn
on the Boardwalk at 17th Street to check in. We had reserved an oceanfront room and we were indeed pleased with our sixth-floor room with a view. But, we did not tarry long at the hotel. We headed out right alonghte Boardwalk to Sunfest at the lower end.Sunfest
is an annual end-of-season festival over the last weekend in September. At the core is a large arts and crafts show, but there are also musical performances and foods to sample and the sense of celebration pervades the town. We went first to the crafters tents. This had to be the larget craft show I've seen! It took place in two large tents with two aisles each of exhibitors.
Kite Festival at Ocean City
Clothing, jewelry, wood crafts, glass, gift items, dolls, clocks, and amny other itmes and bric-a-brac were on display. Susan found a few Christmas gift items from the displays. Outside the tents, artisans were at work painting, working metal, and making jewelry. A food tent offered sandwiches and beach-style desserts.
It was a warm afternoon for late September and all along the Boardwalk people were enjoying the sun and the beach. The sand sculptures I'd seen in June were still there, now a bit worn down. A kite festival was in progress in the brisk wind with colorful kites plated along the beach. Kite surfers attracted attention as they boldly zipped along the waves, propelled by the same winds.
We were still full from our crab lunch and did not feel like eating a full dinner at a restaurant.
Instead, in the evening we headed out along Philadelphia Ave. in search of lighter fare. I have to tell you we found it at a Wawa
travel plaza where I stopped for gas for the return trip. Wawa offered made to order salads as well and made to order sandwiches in their deli. We each ordered a Chicken Ceasaer Salad and took them back to the hotel. That was just right!
I ventured out again along the Boardwalk arounc 9:00 p.m. in search of salt water taffy from Dolle's shop back at the far end. The wind was still up, blowing sand in from the beach. It did not dissaude visitors of all ages from roaming the Boardwalk. One of the kite surfers was holding lessons out on the beach as people watched. The strong wind had no trouble pulling his student along the sand. At one point, a gust was so strong it pulled the board up, throwing the student off onto the sand with a great splat!
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