on tuesday we took our teenage daughter to dulles airport where she met her aunt - and her grandparents - and they all flew off to south africa where they are going on safari through namibia and botswana, primarily. just like that, she is across the ocean and deep in another continent. we couldn't be more excited for her, but oh my, it does put a mama on edge a bit!
(tashi with sue, ornithologist extraordinaire and very generous aunt)
we decided to make a tiny summer vacation of tashi's delivery to dulles, and after our goodbyes, dan, tristan, and i jumped into the car and drove eastward to the delaware coast where we camped for one marvelous night on cape henlopen.
with a late arrival into the park, we kept things simple and went out for dinner, rather than firing up the camp stove and fussing around with food and dishes. we found an outside table at a friendly restaurant and dined on seafood in the town of lewes. dan had shrimp and grits, tristan had a kids portion of mahi mahi, and i had fresh crab cakes. very tasty, all.
we returned to our tent site with a dozing tristan who we delivered to his cozy sleeping bag. dan and i enjoyed a campfire into the wee hours while listening to the waves of the atlantic slam upon the shore.
the next morning we arose to finish off our firewood, enjoy bagels, cheese, fruit, and coffee, play a little and break camp.
we climbed the funky wwII lookout tower
afterwards we headed to henlopen beach for the day. we had a very sweet time playing and picnicking and napping in the soft sand and great sea splash.
(do you see the small black triangle in the water near the horizon? it's a dolphin. we saw lots!)
after a good several hours on the beach we headed to the resort area of rehoboth where we had a mediterranean dinner, followed by ice cream at a shop that had dozens of flavors, some with such silly names as crack, better than sex, boogers, dirty snow, and minty python. i enjoyed up all night, a coffee ice cream with fudge and cookie dough and other morsels of delight.
i am not much of a resort person, but i liked rehoboth. it was a good blend of kitschy, trendy, artsy, and crunchy.
dan grabbed a red eye espresso at the bookstore cafe and we drove across delaware in the darkening day, crossed the bay bridge, caught the beltway, and eventually headed down seminole trail to our home where we arrived late, but sun kissed and pleased.
road trips make mama smile