"Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways it can change someone else's life forever."
– Margaret Cho
What happened to that movement of "random acts of kindness"? We should bring that back, don't you think? Especially during times like these when political messaging is so negative and the news is covered with nothing but bad, bad, bad . . .
My darling Steve performed a random act of kindness the other day. He gave a jump start to some people who had a very scary looking run-down car. They were very grateful because we were in a remote area of Elk Neck State Park and the chances of someone else happening along to help them was probably marginal, given that the park was going to close soon as it was later in the afternoon. Anyway, try doing something for someone today without the thought of receiving any benefit or reward for it. I promise you, it will make your day!!!
Ok, this week's adventures were few but interesting. The first part of the week we were in Elk Neck State Park. It's a little peninsula that juts out into the Chesapeake Bay where the Elk River and the North East River meet. It was quite lovely. We hiked up to see the Turkey Point lighthouse which stands on a 100 foot cliff above the Bay. This lighthouse was built in 1833 and was used until 2008. It's only 35 feet high, but standing up on the cliff like that, it seems much higher. While in the area, we also enjoyed some good Maryland crab at the Nauti-Goose, a little restaurant right on the Bay. MMMM MMMM. There's nothing like Maryland crab - - it's so sweet and juicy. Love it. We stayed here only 3 days and then moved on to Delaware.
First off, if it weren't for our desire to camp in all 49 of the continental states, I would not have ever visited Delaware, but honestly that would have been a mistake. Delaware is quite lovely and the whole eastern shore is beach. We ventured out to Rehoboth Beach one afternoon and I must say, I haven't seen such a sea of humanity since I was in Hyderabad, India. The place was literally packed, but the beach has a really nice boardwalk that runs about a mile, so we had a nice stroll and some yummy gelato. While in Dover Delaware, we of course visited the Nascar track and got a picture of the Monster Mile. There was no race there this past weekend so we couldn't get into the track or anything, but the "complex" in which it resides was rather interesting. The track itself is right next to the highway. For you Nascar fans reading this, you know that's a rarity. Due to the noise level, most racks are usually tucked away in the middle of cornfields or something, but this one was right smack in the center of town. Interesting. Attached to the track is a very nice hotel and casino and a horse racing facility. Based on the advertisements we saw on the billboards, this place pulls in some A-level talent for entertainment too. One could spend a really nice weekend here if one were so inclined.
Speaking of casinos, Steve and I visited the Harrington Casino, which is on the grounds of the Delaware State Fair. The casino was generous to us one our first visit (we won $131) and not so much on our second (lost $80). What surprised us, though, was that this state fair was pulling in huge named talent over the next two weeks. People like Miranda Lambert, Larry the Cable Guy, Casting Crowns (a Christian band), and Styx. The fair starts the 19th and I am so sorry that we will miss it. I will definitely be checking out state fairs going forward because they are always so much fun with the demolition derby and monster truck pulls (well, okay, maybe the demolition derby). Wow...this trip is really bringing the redneck out in me.
Our last tourist stop while in Delaware was to the Air Command Museum in Dover. What a surprise this place was. First of all, it was free which is rare indeed. Secondly, the displays were well done and the planes they had out on the tarmac were pretty cool. They had some of the big C-5 cargo planes out there. Sweet. And, while we were there, we got to see one of the big planes take off from the runway that was next to the Air Command Museum, which was also cool.
Ok, that's it for this week. We are headed to Jersey (yes, voluntarily) for a few days and then moving on to Connecticut. While in Jersey we are planning to hit Philadelphia (right across the Delaware River from where we are staying) and Atlantic City and maybe the shore if we get some time. I am working on a HUGE paper for school so that will take a lot of my time. The subject of my paper is "Jesus and the Internet: How the Church Uses Technology to Evangelize" so if any of you have any good websites or books/articles on the subject matter, send me a note!
Alrighty then, off to Jersey. Maybe we will run into Snooki or take the Sopranos tour. Who knows! I guess you will find out next week.
Take care and love "yous guys"!