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Memorial Day Weekend 2015

We had several flags out all weekend in honor of our fallen heroes.
We had several flags out all weekend in honor of our fallen heroes.

Finally summer is here!  For most of winter it was brutally cold.  Spring was nice, for the most part, we got some decent weather and very cool temperatures.  Now it is hot and humid, a true Virginia summer.  As has become the tradition in recent years we headed to Rehoboth to enjoy the long weekend and enjoy the fruits of our hard work in the off season.

This year we of course didn’t have my dad, Nancy was leaving for a business trip and Jeremy who said he was coming bailed at the last minute because of a work conflict.  It was a small group but still a lot of fun the entire weekend.  I left late on Friday and actually missed the escape traffic.  It took me exactly 3:40 to reach the beach from my office in Fairfax.  Even getting across the Bay bridge was a snap.  Pat left the day before and Matt was showing up Saturday morning.  That night Pat and I caught up and generally had a low key evening.

While Memorial Day weekend is traditional nothing but relaxation, we had to get some work done before we could play.  After breakfast Matt and I banged out 95% of the job duties in under 5 hours.  The longest task was mulching the back yard, the mulch was already delivered so we made quick work out of it.  After finishing the majority of tasks we cleaned up and headed out to Dogfish, it was beer thirty.  Its the one thing I want to do at the beach and unfortunately for us the place was smashed.  We arrived at the start of the dinner rush so no love today on grabbing a pub exclusive.  Instead we filled two growlers and headed back to the house.


Matt and I were men and put together a brand new grill.  Even though it was gas, it was a really nice one.  We drank beer and put that sucker together, only two extra parts by the time we finished!  The old one we didn’t want to trash so we put a FREE sign on it and put it on the street which is the best yard sale spot ever.  The thing is honestly a piece of crap.  The crates are rusted and the ignition system doesn’t work but we were hopeful.

That night we had a great steak dinner and then retired to the patio for our traditional camp fire.  Even in summer we manage to sit outside around the camp fire.  That night, being a man down, finished both growlers.  Later we watched as several people looked at the grill but no takers.  It was not until well after 11 that a group of four stopped and looked it over.  These lucky winners finally hauled it off to a new home!  We joked that once they saw it in the daylight it would be returned to the house.  Thankfully it was not, no backsies.

Dogfish Head Festina Peche
Dogfish Head Festina Peche

With the work done, Sunday was fun day.  We went to the par 3 American Classic Golf Club or a quick round.  We are all hackers but still managed to have a good time chasing around that stupid white ball.  I was very proud of myself, I only lost 4 balls all day.  Afterwards we went to the Pickled Pig for some grub and graft beer.  Finally on the way home we stopped at Dogfish and I managed to score a couple of bar seats.  Finally I was able to sit and enjoy a beer at my mecca.  The only problem was all the pub exclusives were dry and the secret stash was empty, bummer.  We did manage to walk away with another two growler that Matt and I managed to kill later that night.

With my goal for the weekend accomplished we headed out for a margarita at Papa Grande’s Coastal Taquería.  Being a nice night the roof terrace was packed so we headed to the board walk for plan B, Whiskey Jack’s.  Here Pat got her margarita and I got a virgin ice tea because I was driving.  After a quick drink, back to the ranch to grill some salmon.  We thought about using the brand new gas grill but Matt and I are purists and decided to stick with our traditional charcoal which ended up being a much better idea.

A nice afternoon out with the family at this par 3 course.  At least I was smoking a cigar while I chased that stupid ball around.
cigar and golfing at the beach

Monday morning we cleaned up the house for the first renters of the season.  Matt and I didn’t get out of there till 12:30 and we certainly paid the price for our tardiness, it took me 6 hours to get home.  By the time I did get home I was so tired I crashed by 8pm.  Not the best way to cap the holiday weekend but it was a long one and I deserved a long nights rest.  Can’t wait till next year and another Memorial Day weekend at the beach.  Next time I promise to get to the beach and lounge for at least a little while in addition to all the other fun we manage to have there.

Labor Day Weekend 2013

This weekend we usually go to the beach house but half the family bailed because of a wedding and Bobby and Tracy are in the process of moving to Washington. We couldn’t rally the troops so we scrapped the plan this year. Just because we didn’t go to the beach doesn’t mean it wasn’t a weekend packed with events.

tasting room at La Grange
tasting room at La Grange

This was the last weekend to spend with Bobby, Tracy and the kids before they all leave for Washington so we headed to Winery at La Grange for one last tasting. Saturday the winery was throwing a big Labor Day weekend party with BBQ, live music, and specials on wine. We scored a table and sat outside enjoying the decent weather. Pat had complimentary wine tastings that we used and we plowed through a few bottles just relaxing.

Saturday was also Nancy’s mother’s birthday so we head up the road from La Grange to Greg and Maggie’s house for dinner. Greg smoked several whole chicken that came out really well along with all the trimmings. That evening we relaxed in his tiki bar, drinking and smoking like usually, and hatched a plan for Sunday. The beach was out so we planned to play a round of golf at the Osprey’s at Belmont Bay in Woodbridge. It has been several years since I played golf. Maggie is getting into it because of work, Nancy has always played, and Greg was playing because it was something to do with our wives.

10th hole at Osprey's
10th hole at Osprey’s

We got a late tee time for Sunday but started the day off with a bang. The temperature was not bad at 10:30am but it was going to get hot and humid as the day went on. It took 4:30 hours to complete our round and I must say that by the end, I was ready for the 19th hole. It was a long day of drinking beer in the hot sun. The course was pretty banged up this late in the season but it was a challenge. Lots of elevation change throughout the course, several blind greens, and narrow fairways most of the time.

Monday was celebrated at my Dad’s house. Matt was cooking some ribs and it was the last family dinner before everyone left for Washington. Bobby already started his journey to Washington in his truck. He was driving the entire way, 48 hours according to Google and needed an early start. Tracy, the kids, and Marley where flying out on Tuesday. It was a last supper of sorts. Over the weekend we all agreed it would be a while before we got together as a family but that plan is already in the works.

It was a long weekend filled with activities. For a holiday that is meant to celebrate the working man, I sure didn’t do much relaxing. I thankfully got to spend a ton of time with both sides of my family which was nice. Will have to see what happens next year.