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.
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.
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.