I’m back in the states and the adventures keep coming. A month ago I said farewell to Italy and said Hello to Philly. And yes, I not only had a Philly Cheese Steak, but it was my FIRST Philly Cheese Steak! Not too shabby. Also, holy HUMIDITY – had to get that out of the way.
One may ask, why the east coast? Well, as some of you know my fiancé was out at sea. His 8 month stint was ending in Norfolk, VA. Might as well visit some friends and make it a fun trip, right? Other than New York and Florida I’d never experienced the east coast. My old college roomie, Ralph, of 3 years had moved to Philly a few years back. The plan was to hang out there, then he’d drive me down to VA Beach where my other friend was and reunite with Brad. The plan was successfully executed.
In Philly, we cruised the streets of downtown, didn’t actually go into the Museum of Art but had a great time posing like Rocky, and even splashed around in a fountain of “NO SWIMMING”.
Heading down the coast was a gorgeous site. We went through Delaware, Maryland, and down the handle of Virginia where the highway stretches over the ocean – beautiful, especially at sunset. I continued the trend from the March Roadtrip taking a picture at each border crossing.
VA Beach was gorgeous… I guess in comparison to other naval towns – specifically the one we live in. NOT complaining though… sigh. I digress. Anyway, it was great to see my girl, Rory, and it was that much closer to seeing Brad. We checked out the music scene, road bikes around town, and relaxed at the beach. On the plus side, east coast water is leagues warmer than the west coast.
After an amazing time with Rory and Ralph, it was time for the boat to dock up. A family friend picked me up and we headed to base. The feeling was unreal. You know what else is unreal? Maryland style crab cakes and steamed blue crabs with Old Bay seasoning. The picture below makes me shed a little tear of happiness.
Most of Brad’s family is from Maryland, hence the crab envy. Back up we drove and his family flourished us with Baltimore tradition. We did the crab thing – if you ever go to the east coast and are a seafood person you MUST try this…
Went to an Oriole’s game…
Ran around DC checking out the sites and the Natural History Museum (by the way, one of the best museums I’ve been to – that’s cuz I love nature)
And explored Annapolis…
I wish we had more time in DC – there’s just so much to see. I know we’ll be going back to the east coast many more times and I’ll be looking forward to it every time!