The day started out quite cloudy and wet, so we decided to make a trip to the local outlets. The weather is supposed to be nicer the rest of the week, so this should be a good opportunity. Kathy and Andrew were able to get some clothes (as was I). We went to Barley Creek brewery for lunch and a quick micro-brewery tour. Kathy discovered that this is a good lunch break for shopping with the whole family.

We tried to have a fire Monday night with no luck, the wood was too wet.

We checked in for our week-long trip to the Poconos. It was raining pretty steady when we checked in and it is continuing into the evening. We’re just going to take it easy tonight — as the temperature drops.

June 11-13, 2010

We decided to head out for a quick weekend trip, trying out a new campground.  With all of our trips to the Ocean City/Cape May area, we never camped at Avalon Campground.  We decided to give it a shot.  It was a good opportunity to open up the camper for the year.

We headed down Friday evening.  We setup and hung out with the Raups for a little while.  Saturday morning we hung around the pool.  Kathy decided she wanted to head to the beach by herself, so she took the opportunity to have some alone time.  Saturday night we went to the Ocean City Boardwalk for some food and entertainment.  Emily, Matt and the Raups’ enjoyed the boards:

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It was actually quite chilly on the boards at night, but we all had a good time.

We packed up early Sunday morning to head home.  A pleasant quick trip.

Frontier Town, Ocean City, MD

A long trip to one of our favorite campgrounds, Frontier Town located just outside Ocean City, MD.  The weather this summer has been unseasonably cool and that continued through our trip.  To me, the weather was perfect – low 80s during the day and high 50s at night.

We spent the morning of July 4th on the beach at Assateague.  It’s great that you can take the dogs out onto the beach and let them have some fun too.

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Andrew and the dogs spent most of the morning in the shade.  At some point, Matthew got some sort of rash on his back – we have no idea where it came from, but by the time we left, it was gone.


In the evening, we went to the fireworks on the beach in Ocean City.  The campground had a shuttle running, so it was easy to get down there.

The trip back from the campground was a bit more adventurous.  It took almost 2 hours to go less than 5 miles – not fun on a hot school bus.

The trip was perfect, we had two days on the beach, one day on the boardwalk in Ocean City, one day enjoying the cowboys at Frontier Town, a couple days worth of crabbing, numerous campfires and evening outdoor movies and some time with our friends the Raups.

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April 17 – 19, Cape May, NJ (Holly Shores)

Opening weekend at Holly Shores.  It was time to get the camper out to start the season, so we decided on a two weekend stay at Holly Shores.  It’s a nice campground with an excellent dog park in the back.  The dogs love it because of the park, and Kathy and Emily love it for it’s proximity to Cape May (shopping and beaches).

Friday was Kathy’s birthday and she had to work, so I packed up the camper, the kids and the dogs and got everything down to Cape May.  After work, Kathy went to get a spa treatment at the Red Door Salon – she loved it.  She joined us at the campground by 6:30.  The kids wanted to surprise her… they hid in the camper and yelled surprise when she arrived.  We had birthday cake and a relaxing evening.

On Saturday, Matthew and I had to head back to Pitman for his opening day (Little League) ceremonies, pictures and his first game.  Emily and Kathy headed to the beach.


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It was unseasonably warm and they had a blast on the beach… doing “girl” things all day.  Sand angels and shopping at their own leisurely pace.

Matt had a great first game, he caught for an inning and had a hit.  He said “it was the best game I’ve ever been involved in”.  We didn’t get back to Cape May until almost 9:00, so there wasn’t really time to do much else.

Sunday morning we woke up and it was considerably cooler (and windy).  We tried heading to Sunset Beach, but quickly left after almost being blown off the beach.


We look forward to our second weekend… no Little League games, just relaxation and enjoyment.