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Sunset and Moonshine (by Romey)

Who knew that installing a new washer/dryer combo thing could be so fun?  That’s the nature of the Stick, I suppose.  Now that I properly own it again, the time has come to spruce it up (a constant battle in the elements provided by the nearby Atlantic).  We also fixed the ridiculously installed electricity, added some lights in the kitchen and over the bar, and installed a beautiful shelf in the bathroom.

Special thanks to Mr Skaggs for the help, as always above and beyond the call of duty.  Anyway, here’s how all that unfolded over two visits

Moonshine and Rosie demonstrate how it feels to arrive at the Stick.

 

Mike learned about pickapeppa on cream cheese.  A serious YUM.

 

The ocean is great when you are under one

 

Look at that professional grade piping!

 

The new shelf

 

Kitchen lighting. Now there is no excuse for not properly cleaning the kitchen.

 

The bar lights

 

Claudio and his family are going to do some major work next year. But first they need to see what they are getting into.

A second trip down with the Shepardsons and Romey was required to install the W/D (on order for several weeks).

 

Installing this thing required taking the entire closet apart, cleaning out 25 year worth of dryer lint, and putting it all back together (without improving the design one tad…LOL).  Gotta say that drying sheets and towels is a thing.

How you feel after several days of partying at the Stick

 

 

 

Moonshine demonstrates what it feels like to leave the Stick.

How to top Proton Tuesday?! Radioactive Valentine’s Day!

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As usual, it started with zapping

But it was a special day!  The last day of treatment!  Which means bell ringing time.  Pizza was devoured. Bells were rung.

 

Feels good to be done.

 

A happy spool

There was little time left for Baltimore’s museum collection.  We headed directly to the American Visionary Art Museum.

AVAM

 

Das boots (slightly radioactive)

 

After purchasing some items, many of which were plastic, we headed to the aquarium, driving like lost tourists.

The parking angel (really does something indescribably to the Audi)

The National Aquarium was mobbed on a Valentines Day night.

 

 

 

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And then it was back down to Old Town for a very late dinner indeed at the Majestic.  Super fun at the bar (happy Catoctin Creek day!), and a delicious dinner.

A VERY VERY LARGE BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE. VERY LARGE.

The bar at the Majestic

Scallops. If you can’t watch them in an aquarium, by all means eat them.

 

Last word

 

I will dearly miss Proton Tuesdays (and Radioactive Valentines), but I hope they never happen again.

 

 

 

 

Something Fishy in Sydney

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The aquarium was a first.  So was the maritime museum.  Visit both.

 

 

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Hiking the David Joseph State Park (near Jenner, CA)

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On a beautiful Spring day (one of the first for months) we went to the edge of the continent with Uncle Jim and Chloe. Just south of the Russian river is Shell Beach and across Highway 1 from that is a nice set of trails traversing the coastal hills.

All told, we may have hiked 3.5 or 4 miles.

From the Pacific

 

Vernal mud on the trail

 

Spring mushrooms were everywhere (irises too)

 

To the fern forest

Then it was back down to the ocean.