Passover 2019 Assateague Island Trip

Thursday, 4/18/19

We spent Passover 2018 at Assateague Island National Seashore, so we decided to do it again this year.  This will be our 5th Passover in an RV since 2014!  We hitched up and headed out:

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Friday, 4/19/19

We arrived last night around 10PM and squeezed into the alley next to the synagogue, Ahavat Shalom in Ocean City, Maryland.  Here’s the view this morning:

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Trish was busy cranking out all the food for the seder, made easier by our residential oven modification:

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The seder table:

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Happy Passover from the RV!

 

Monday, 4/22

We had two wonderful seders in the RV.  This morning, Trish made Shakshouka:

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More yum:

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We will be spending Chol HaMoed on Assateague Island National Seashore, so we have to pull out of the alley next to the synagogue.  It’s tough because this narrow road has drainage ditches on both sides or the road, so I can’t pull out very far before I have to start my turn:

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We barely pulled it off:

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Welcome to Assateague Oreo!

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We parked the RV in the same campsite we reserved last year and hit the beach:

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Assateague’s world famous feral ponies were out in force:

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Lunch time:

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I went roller skating around the island:

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Sunset:

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Dinner:

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Tuesday, 4/23

Another beautiful day on Assateague!  The weather is much better than last year:

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This horse was very friendly:

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Winds were too strong to fly, so I just kited the wing for a bit:

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More roller skating:

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Wednesday, 4/24

Another nosy horse this morning:

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I drove over to the trailhead for the Rackliffe House and entered the forest:

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The original house was built here in 1752:

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Back at the RV, more horses:

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Trish and B drove to Berlin and did some antiquing.  Trish bought this autoharp for her school:

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Out for a sunset walk:

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We had some company:

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Thursday, 4/25/19

We will be spending the last two days of Passover at the synagogue, so today we packed up the RV and drove over to the day use area to say goodbye to Assateague:

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We got the RV situated at the synagogue, then unhitched the truck and drove into town to play one of the dozens of miniature golf courses here:

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Afterwards, we walked the boardwalk, visiting this great kite shop:

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Views from the Ocean City pier:

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Saturday, 4/27/19

After a nice last two days of Passover, we decided to drive home now to take advantage of the lighter late-night traffic.  Our drive back was an hour shorter than the drive down.

Stay tuned for more RV adventures!

Circumnavigating Manhattan

We’ve lived in New York for 17 years now, and today we finally attempted something I’ve been wanting to do since we moved here: circumnavigating Manhattan:

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We put in at Hazzard’s Boat Ramp under the GW bridge:

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Heading south down the Hudson River:

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As we approached the southern end of Manhattan and the New York Harbor, the water got pretty choppy, so we had to slow down:

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Lots of ferry traffic to dodge:

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Ellis Island (right) and the Statue of Liberty (center):

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We rounded the southern tip of the island and headed up the East River:

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The Brooklyn Bridge, first of many we would pass under:

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The United Nations building:

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Long Island City in the background, and in the foreground, U Thant Island, the smallest island in Manhattan:

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Passing by the sometimes-treacherous Hell Gate:

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Once we passed Hell Gate into the Harlem River, the water calmed down and we were able to go full throttle:

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Some of the 14 bridges over the Harlem River:

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M drove for a while:

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The Spuyten Duyvil Bridge only has 5 foot clearance, but we managed to squeak under after waiting for a train to pass:

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Heading down the Hudson to the GW bridge:

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The Little Red Lighthouse:

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Back at the ramp:

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What a great trip!

Summer 2018, Day 47

We woke up to the worst Walmart parking we’ve ever seen:

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We drove a few blocks to Fort Stanwix National Monument:

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The fort is a recreation of the fort built by the British for the French and Indian War.  It was “sold” by NPS to the town as an attempt to revitalize downtown.  Sixteen acres of downtown were demolished to make way for the fort:

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In the original fort, there was a Ravelin between the gate and the Ace Hardware:

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The fort was used by American forces in the Revolutionary War.  Camp followers had to live outside the fort because the fort was too small to accommodate them:

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After finishing our visit, we drove southeast to get home.  See the alternating yellow line on the trip map for today’s drive.

This is probably our last summer trip as a family, as M will be graduating high school this spring.  I’m glad we’ve had the opportunity to experience all these trips together!