If I have the chance to travel to the DC area next week for an interview I hope to have a couple extra days to drive around the area and do some spring sightseeing. One thing I’ve always wanted to do is book a “boat and breakfast” package to sleep aboard one of the sailboats in the Annapolis Harbor. The Windward is a 74 foot sailing schooner that takes people on 2 hour tours during the day. On Saturday nights they allow up to four couples to book their special “boat and breakfast” package which includes a 2 hour sunset sail on the Chesapeake, docking in Annapolis for you to have dinner downtown, and then return to the ship around 11pm to sleep aboard the schooner in one of the 4 staterooms. In the morning you are served breakfast on deck and you have until 11:00 am to re pack your duffel bag and head out. It sounds like great fun, and with the right mix of other couples could be a magical evening for everyone.
There are three areas in Maryland that I love and would certainly consider living there if I had a good employment offer. Frederick, Baltimore, and Annapolis. To be honest, I love Annapolis, the state capital, and have spent dozens of weekends there on sailboats and in bed and breakfasts for summer weekends. I’m sure that UMT Marine, with their website of http://www.umtmarine.com does a lot of work for people and plenty of businesses in that area.They would expect nothing less than the best and UMT Marine is knows for their commitment to old world, custom crafted marine technology. You really should check out their website, it’s pretty impressive and full of interesting information in the manufacturing of Custom Marine equipment.
If I get the job offer I’m expecting, I won’t hesitate to call a broker to get started looking for a house. Spending some time tonight on various websites to get a feel for prime real estate in the Baltimore area and also checked out the Annapolis area so that when I have my job interview next week I’ll know what I can handle for housing and relocation expenses.
This year might be the year for me to focus on camping trips and fly fishing. With the bad economy still making life harder and harder, a lot of people are not going to be able to travel as extensively as they had been five years ago. I’m sure that a lot of the more exotic locations, like Las Vegas and Orlando, will once again have a huge drop in tourism this year. But people are accustomed to getting away while having fun and recreation on their weekends and their vacations. So I suspect there will be a lot more camping and day trips for American families again this summer.
Some of my summer plans include at least a one week-long fly fishing trip out west. I have enough frequent flier miles saved up that flying is not an issue for me which saves me a huge chunk of money. I can still fly to Washington State, Oregon and Northern California on free flights until this coming September. In fact, I’m planning a long weekend trip to Oregon next month. I’ll miss the Klamath Falls Spring Trout Derby, but the area is great for fly fishing well beyond that time.
Today we almost hit the 70 degree mark for about an hour and it was great. The little bit of snow that we had last weekend is ancient history and I can tell that spring is on its way. We should have 4 days of temperatures in the upper 50′s and 60′s this week. That’s enough to bring the early spring blooms out. Yesterday I noticed some the very beginnings of some daffodils and crocus coming up in neighbor’s yards. Today I noticed the forsythia and several trees starting to produce their red buds.
Imagine the colors we’ll have in just another month or two. The azaleas and dogwoods will be blooming and the grass will start peppering the yards with bright green blades. This weekend will be the start of my gardening efforts and my Spring landscaping chores. I’m sure a lot of other people have the same thing on their minds, so I might get an early start on the hardware store by stopping by Friday afternoon rather than waiting until Saturday.
This has been such a wacky weather winter that so many trees, bushes, flowers, shrubs are totally confused. This makes me wonder how that will affect how they actually grow this year. I mean we have had so many false “springs” that have got to have played havoc on the poor things. We didn’t get much snow at all this winter so I imagine we will be experiencing some effects of a drought. This is so stressful for people who spend so much time, energy, work and money on their landscaping. But when the county puts restrictions in place and tells us not water our yard or wash our cars, that means everyone, and a neighbor will snitch on another neighbor in a heart beat to get revenge. There are a lot of people who hate their neighbor(s). It is a perfect way to get back at someone, sad but true.
My grandmother has a little condo down in Florida on the Gulf Coast and she just bought another little fishing boat to take out in the canals and Everglades. She has always loved to go fishing but she also likes to just cruise along watching for wildlife, like American Bald Eagles, manatees and dolphins.
She’s promised to take me out on the new boat when I come down for a visit during spring break. I asked her if she has the boat fully outfitted yet and she told me that she still needs a spotlight and backup motor. I might be able to help her out with the spotlight. I’d like to get her something nice as a thank you gift for having me stay with her come March. My dad told me about a good web site called www.magnalight.com to get boat and truck lights, so I’m clicking over there for a bit. Just have to decide if I want the light shipped here so I can take it down there with me, or should I just have it sent right to her. The site has a special offer of free shipping on orders over $200 and they take all the major credit cards, including PayPal.
The saying that you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone, certainly holds true with me right now. While looking at various New Homes Near Atlanta online this afternoon, this particular website had a slide show of some pretty amazing shots that just hit me with a flood of memories and emotions of times past.
We were lucky enough to have a summer cabin that sat right on this most wonderful lake. A nice sized cabin to fit all of us in. And we usually brought friends down along with as well. The walls were lined with bunk beds that we actually painted ourselves using stencils and spray paint.You could certainly tell the difference of which beds belonged to the girls and which ones belonged to the guys according to the colors of paint used and the designs of the stencils. I remember mine had the planets, the stars, the moon and rockets all over mine.
We had a dock, much like the one is this picture, that we spent so much of our time on during the lazy days of a youth’s summer. Swimming, boating, water skiing, fishing, crabbing, jet skiing and countless hours of just sitting and basking in the fresh air and getting some pretty great tans by the end of the summer. We never even heard of sun block back then. In fact we used baby oil to attract the sun to ourselves. No wonder so many people of my generation are dealing with skin cancer issues, we just didn’t know any better, yet.