Asheville, NC to Ocean City, MD
What seems like forever ago (June 19th) we hopped in the little VW Rabbit and headed off on The Great Road Trip of 2010. The first leg: Asheville to Ocean City, where we would meet up with my folks, brother and sister in law and 2 nephews, Sam and Joe. Ocean City is halfway between my brother's house in Burlington, VT and Asheville, so my folks decided to rent a condo there for us to all spend a week together. It was pretty much the perfect set up. The condo was in a nice, secluded little complex with its own pool and little beach so there was lots of reasonably quiet relaxing, swimming and hanging out with the kids. When we were itching for a little of Ocean City's touristy, blinky lighted goodness the boardwalk was just a short bus ride away.
We heard that it was a moral imperative to get a giant bucket of Thrasher's french fries, complete with apple cider vinegar and salt. The bucket was about the size of a small movie popcorn and was gone in about 2 minutes. We also managed to squeeze in a visit to The Fractured Prune on the recommendation of my friend Michie- made to order donuts that are little sugary grease bombs from Heaven- and hammered our way through a half bushel of blue crab at one of the little crab shacks on the strip. Yumma.
We made our way down to the board walk and spent a while at Trimpers, where they have all sorts of vintage amusement park rides.
My nephew, Sam, was not impressed.
Henry and I, however, had a blast.
My brother and Kyle went on the upside down roller coaster while we all watched from the ground.
There was a little fountain area in the condo complex that the kids could run through and they loved it! It was perfect for the times they wanted a little water action but the grown ups were too tired to make a trip to the pool.
Since Henry's birthday is coming up (I can't believe he's going to be 7 in 3 little days!) and we wouldn't be together then, my folks threw him a little impromptu un-birthday party.
Of course we couldn't leave the boardwalk without a little cheesy family vacation photo...
And we couldn't leave a family vacation without a little portrait to commemorate the occasion.
L-R: me mama, me dad, sister in law Kirstin, Brother J with Sam and Joe, me, Henry, Kyle. Are we an attractive bunch or what?