Back road weekends

Last weekend we had our third annual apple picking adventure. Apple cider doughnuts (the best), debates on peck versus half bushel (peck), and the truck ride to the orchard (bumpy). Below, some photos:

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This weekend, we took advantage of a rainy Saturday to explore the Brandywine Valley. A quick stop at swoon-worthy Terrain:

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Followed by the beautiful Brandywine River Museum:

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And a stop at Baldwin Book Barn, which is five stories of every genre under the sun.

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All before game night, which was lovely and fall-themed. Today we went to a Jersey for a 40 mile ride. It was so beautiful. Have a good week!

100 miles

As many of you know, we completed the Sea Gull Century yesterday. It was a great experience for both of us. We left Friday night and drove the three hours to Salisbury, Maryland. Our hosts through the Wicomico Environmental Trust were wonderful. They provided us with a beautiful room on Friday night and some much appreciated showers post-ride. It was a smart way to fundraise and we were happy to support their cause.

We left early on Saturday for an egg sandwich and to ready the bikes. We had numbers that we wore on our helmets, bikes, and jerseys (we were numbers 5008 and 5009. In total, there were 7,000 riders). There were professional photographers along the route. Below, we get ourselves ready before the ride:

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At mile 23, we decided to change from the metric route (100km) to the full century (100 miles). The conditions were perfect! Below, our bikes at the 23 mile rest stop and the 75 mile rest stop.

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I was so happy and excited as we approached the finish. I was tired but proud of our effort. It was the best I’ve felt in a long time. I couldn’t stop smiling.

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We drove home after a hot shower and fell asleep at 9:45pm.
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This morning, we were a little sore. It wasn’t too bad, though, and we recovered throughout the day. We started with a delicious breakfast, courtesy of Tim:

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We stopped by the lemonade stand run by a couple of enterprising young F. Avenue residents. Only $0.50! As they said, “What a deal!”

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We walked to Bryn Mawr and faced these steps:

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Then we came home, took a nap, and did some work. All in all, a great weekend. Can’t wait to get back on my bike! (Well, maybe in a few days…)

Late summer

We spent the weekend in Fenwick Island, Delaware. We had a great time.

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We didn’t take many photos because we were too busy having a good time. Swimming multiple times a day, eating, reading, kayaking, and spending time with friends and family. AM & S are gracious hosts and we are grateful for such a great weekend.
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It’s late summer in Bryn Mawr. Time for yellow school buses, lawn refuse bags, mums, and the last of the summer tomatoes. Time to transition to a new season.

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Home, summer

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We went home for a brief vacation. We played croquet, discussed investments, went fishing, cruised on the Suzy Q, picked flowers, and are donuts. Among many other things. It was refreshing.

Andy is visiting PH en route to Pittsburgh. I am looking forward to a lazy morning tomorrow. Blueberry pancakes, pepper bacon, strong coffee, and reading the paper on the deck. Summer weekends are wonderful.

Maryland getaway!

Last Thursday, Tim started planning a weekend in Maryland. We wanted to celebrate our anniversary and soak up some summer. We left early Saturday morning to start our adventure.

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We started the weekend with lunch in Annapolis. We had crab cakes at Wild Country Seafood. There was even a purple house for sale next door!

We rented kayaks at Quiet Waters Park. We had a blast and started scheming about getting our own set someday.

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We continued our nautical afternoon with a sail on the Woodwind schooner. It was beautiful, and a lot of fun. Below are some of our favorite photos:

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Tim planned a wonderful dinner overlooking the water:

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This morning, we toured the Naval Academy. Below, Tim and the mascot, the midshipmen file into chapel, and the Captains’ homes:

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On our way home, we stopped in Baltimore for a three hour food tour. It was great and reminded us of the Seattle food tour from our honeymoon. The guide was very knowledgeable and we learned quite a bit about Fell’s Point.

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Above: a view from the pier, the Grand Marnier Club at One Eye Mike’s, and a faded billboard from 1920s-1930s Baltimore.

Overall, it was a wonderful weekend and exactly what we needed to break up our usual routine and celebrate three years together. Tim did a great job planning and I enjoyed every minute! I can’t wait to go back!

Onward and upward

Well, it’s been an interesting month full of ups and downs, twists and turns. We will be in Pennsylvania for the next year. It’s been a difficult six months but we are moving forward. We are planning a trip home in August, training for a 100 mile ride in September, scheming an October vacation and saving money for the years ahead.

Some of our July moments:

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