Monday, October 17, 2005

Good-bye Summer

Fall is officially here by Virginia's standards. The leaves have turned colors, the air is cooler and it's time to put away those shorts and empty the pool. Tomorrow is the day I go through all the things that need to go back into the attic and find those electric blankets that were just thrown up there with the Christmas tree and the space heaters. I dread it.

I don't know if I dread winter coming or not, but I do know one thing. I'm a summer baby. Nothing makes me feel more alive than to have the hot summer sun baking my body while I'm lounging by the pool or toiling in my vegetable and herb gardens. Now, I must prepare to freeze my tabookas off and watch my tomatoe plants die with the first frost.

Some people really love this time of year, but I know what's looming. Cold. Ice. High utility bills.

I'd like to take a moment to remember summer before I put on my woollies (what the heck is woollies anyway?) and prepare for winter's stostice...don't think I spelled that right but you get my drift.

Anyway, what better way to remember summer than by taking you to one of my favorite hang-outs, the Boardwalk at Ocean City, Maryland.

Tourists flock to this place in droves. Especially on the 4th of July. You can't get a hotel room for miles.

I've always loved going to Boardwalk, no matter how many times I go. As soon as you pull in, you can see people standing along the shore fishing and then when you pass the gate, the beach is mobbed with sunbathers. You pull into the parking lot and the first thing you hit is Trumpet's Amusement Park which is on the south end of the Boardwalk. The Boardwalk goes for miles, past concession stands, tourist shops, concession stands and more tourist shops, but it's all part of the experience.

On the 4th of July, everyone heads for the beach where you sit in the sand and listen to the band play "America, the Beautiful" and other patriotic songs. At about nine, the fireworks are shot off and it's one of the largest firework displays on the east coast. Truly memorable.

Yeah, I'll miss it.

But, that's what makes me want to come back. And, I shall return.

Oh, here's a silly picture of me trying to look like a summer goddess.

Good-bye summer...until we meet again....


  1. Dorothy - you know you should be living in California or Florida! Flip flops and sun visors - they suit us both. :)

  2. LOL, you aren't kidding! Since I've been taking pills for hot flashes, I can't even rely on them to keep me warm this winter!'s going to be a long, cold winter.

  3. That place looks like a lot of fun! I'd swear it was down on one of the strands here in SoCal.

  4. Oh man, oodles of fun. Even at my age!

  5. Ohgood grief. You want hot? It was 93 freaking degrees in Dallas today. 93! In the middle of October, for crying out loud. It's just wrong, I tell ya.

    I tell the other writer on my site she wouldn't last one summer in Texas. This heat is just oppressive. It's so intense I can't stand to go outside.

    Give me mountains. Give me snow. Give me FOUR seasons, not one and a half.

    < / SOAPBOX >


  6. FTS, I'm sitting here in front of the heater, can you imagine that? *grin*


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