How do you pack Maryland into three days? We sure tried! Oma flew home with us to take a much-deserved break and to spend some time up north for a change of scenery.
We arrived Tuesday night after a pretty uneventful flight from NOLA. Holland was well-behaved on the plane until it was time to get buckled up for landing. She’s not a fan, but we got through the few minutes of fussing well enough. We were expecting Grammy and Aunt Molly to meet us at the airport because Miles had a show, but who met us at baggage – yep! It was such a nice surprise and was a perfect “welcome home” (along with the cooler of goodies that Grammy sent for the drive back to the house). It was exactly what we needed before crashing for the night.
One of the first items on our “to-do” list was The Beach. So, Wednesday morning we packed up and drove east to Ocean City. Cheesy? Yes. Touristy? Definitely. Fun? Absolutely. We found a great parking spot by the foot of the Boardwalk and spent the whole morning and afternoon wandering around, eating Thrasher’s fries, feeding the leftover fries to the seagulls, people-watching, playing in the sand, and window-shopping. It was a beautiful, breezy day, but it wasn’t super crowded, which made it even nicer. Once we got good and sun-drunk, it was time for a late lunch at Seacrets. It’s amazing how hungry some sunshine can make you! Nothing beats beach food and girly tropical drinks! By the time we left, we had just enough time to get to the house, shower, and drop Holland off with Grammy and Granddaddy so we could meet Melissa for trivia. We lost (terribly), but had fun and learned a few new things!
The original plan for Thursday was to leave early and visit NYC, but once we talked more about it, we decided that DC would be a better option. Much closer, not nearly as expensive, and lots of really interesting things to do! We stopped at the coffee shop for a breakfast beverage, drove to the Metro station, and took the train to the National Mall. We went to the Natural History museum and went through the entire downstairs in record time, thanks to Holland’s insistence. She doesn’t fool around. Lunch in the cafe’, and we were ready to move on. We went to the Botanical Gardens, because Oma loves, loves, loves flowers and gardening, so it was a perfect place to explore. I was expecting a few flowerbeds and maybe some exotic plants, but it was a huge building with room after room of gorgeous plants and flowers, and even a children’s garden where they can play with shovels and rakes and water fountains. From there, we made a quick stop at the Air and Space museum to grab some space ice cream for Miles. The last place we wanted to stop was the Museum of American History, mainly so Oma could see Archie Bunker’s chair and I could see Julia Child’s kitchen. Those two things (and Kermit!!) were the best parts of that museum. It’s nice enough, but not nearly as exciting or interesting as the others. Holland had fun in the “Imagination Station” room, so that was good and wore her out a bit. Back to the Metro, and off to Gordon Biersch for dinner, and home. We were a pooped group.
Friday was our lazy day. We did some shopping at the outlets, and came home early. Miles cut the grass, and Olivia came over to spend the night. We had a great dinner at Grammy and Granddaddy’s house, and came back so the girls could camp out on the living room floor with movies, popcorn, and chocolate milk. They stayed up ridiculously late, and once we all crawled into bed, they passed out within seconds.
Saturday’s original plan was to go to IKEA and then bring Oma to the airport, but again, some reconsidering. It would have been silly to go there and be tempted by all the cool stuff and not be able to fly it home, so we went to the Annapolis Inner Harbor for lunch instead. It was a much better choice! There isn’t anything more “Maryland” than the Inner Harbor and Ego Alley and the Naval Academy, and it was a really cool way for Oma to spend the last few hours here. We had a great lunch at McGarvey’s, a gelato, and saw the Sultana and some amazing yachts. We brought Oma to the airport and said our “See you later”s, and came home pretty exhausted, but in a good way!
Hopefully the next visit will be in the fall and be a little longer so we can finish out our list of things to do!