Category: Family Fun

Wilmington Waterfront Trail

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AKA Jack Markell Trail, it’s the Jam!

This trail has become my favorite this year. It starts at the Wilmington Waterfront and ends around Battery Park in New Castle. 15 miles plus an additional 2-3 miles that I have only explored.

Mike has also taken a liking to this trail, so he been riding it at times during the week. Kanicki has been riding just about every weekend too. Sue and Edda have also joined in on this trail. Jen was riding but got scary overheated one morning, so she decided to join us at the waterfront and hangout there until we all return. (she has been loving the waterfront as much as we’ve been enjoying the trail)

according to MapMyRide, I have rode 252 miles this year so far.

125.5 miles on the Jack Markell – Wilmington Trail

60.8 miles on the Conshohocken – Valley Forge Trail

31.85 miles on the Aston – Chester Creek Trail

8 miles at the Heinz Nature Center

and 25.94 in Misc Rides

planning a vacation in Sept

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Rent an RV? rent a cabin? We’re thinking Poconos…

We’re taking a week off in September and the discussions have started. Whatever we decide, it will include taking the dogs with us. I did like taking them to Wildwood a few years back and on the trip to Yorktown.

What I don’t like is housekeeping/maintenance coming into the room…

I’ll let you know what we decide!

Anniversary GetAway day 3&4

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The plan for Sunday is to take the bikes (first ride on my new bike) to Assateaque and look for some wild ponies!

We stopped at this little surf shop for breakfast or a sandwich on the way to Assateaque Island. This place possibly had the best coffee I have ever had.

We finally made it to “relaxed” status!! We decided to drive around the park first, then park and ride the bikes. As soon as we parked, we saw a band of ponies on the dunes and that was it…we fell in love with this place. We rode around the bay side first, that’s where we saw the eagles (right over head) and cactus. I found that weird! Then we road out of the park and set out for the snack bar, which was closed but it ended up being ok, we saw a second band of ponies, they were sunning in one of the parking lots.

Monday fucking morning! 5:50AM, the fire alarm/evacuation -working from the hotel room on my laptop…wasnt ready for this

We decided to head home earlier than planned, but with the early wakeup, we knew we’d be tired early. While Jen packed us up I set of for a quick ride down the boardwalk on my bike

We decided to take a nice leisurely ride home, so we stopped in Rehoboth for a late lunch. The reason I like Rehoboth so much is because they dont fold up in the winter…some shops do, but you can always find a good place to eat. So we tried the purple parrot they had delicious food and money hanging on the walls…doesnt get much better than that!

Anniversary GetAway day 1&2

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This is our 10th Anniversary, so we decided to get away, so we both took off on Friday and Monday. Got Shirley B to dog/house-sit.

We leisurely got up and moving around on Friday morning (I needed to get up early to do “morning checks” as part of my daily work routine, that I don’t want to push onto my co-workers…it takes ~an hour and then I’m done! Lots and lots of rain…not heavy rain, just non-stop for the entire drive. We stopped in Rehoboth for lunch at the La Tonaiteca Mexican going there! We also stopped at a couple of the outlet stores on Route 1, but we didn’t hang out there too long. But Jen grabbed a really cute white flowered denim jacket…so it wasn’t a total waste of time 🙂 On top of a great lunch, the sun kinda peeked through making it a little more exciting to get away.

We arrived at the hotel and since it was raining, and a travel day, we put our feet up and relaxed!

Saturday morning, we set off down the boardwalk, we found a little place that was open for breakfast (and apparently one of the very few OPEN places), Ocean’s 13…Jen had “avocado toast”…it looked really awesome and I had “the usual” (eggs toast, potatoes and sausage)…Heading back to the hotel, we hit most of the open stores, some of them have the same feel as the Jersey boardwalk stores…t-shirts, sales, loud music that isnt too loud, just rude lyrics that doesn’t give a good feel to anyone…although, I didnt see any t-shirts that announce that I pooped today LOL…

We were also treated with watching several pods of dolphins break water heading north. We got to watch them for about 15 minutes. My camera was still in the truck, so I didn’t get any pictures…except in my own memory cache

Once we set out again, we hit the outlets and had dinner at the Outback. We both wanted something that we didn’t have access to at home, but our choices were limited because of it being the off season, we weren’t ready to leave the outlets and we were getting Hangry

The prices at the outlets..dind’t feel like we were getting any “deals”…Kmart prices are better for the same things…so we didn’t go crazy getting anything that we didn’t need. The sights made it worth it!