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Thanksgiving of a different kind

But still beautiful.

semi-overcast 7 °C

I can't claim that I started the trend, but this year family was all over. From the east to west and north and south. Desert to mountains, plains to forest, we were and are everywhere. When I realized I wasn't going to be able to come home for Thanksgiving this year, I knew I had to find some peaceful refuge where I would be able to keep myself busy and still get the feeling that I was celebrating the holiday. I have come to the conclusion that there will be times in my life that I won't be able to celebrate a particular event with ALL the people I love, so to do the best I can so that I can still enjoy the occasion, whatever it may be. This year, among other days, its Thanksgiving.

Thankfully I was invited by the Smiths to spend the weekend with them down at their beautiful house on the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay in Northern Neck, Virginia. After Thanksgiving dinner in northern Virginia with Smith family friends, Austin, Shirley and I drove down to Ophelia. It is one of many tiny little towns along the fingers separating the Chesapeake and the Potomac in Northumberland County. We arrived at night and I didn't really get to appreciate the beauty of their house and location until waking up in the morning to the beautiful views out the back of the creek, dock, and colorful trees on the far bank. It is fall right out of an L.L. Bean catalog here!

Friday morning we woke up, and decided to check out some of the little towns along water. The closest real town around her is called Kilmarnock and we decided to save it for last. Insted we drove to the edge of the water, parked on the water taxi just big enough to float 2 cars across the river onto the opposite bank. Next we drove through to Urbanna to have limeade at the soda fountain at an old drugstore, antique shop and check out the old general store which still sells a little bit of everything. On our way back through different towns all consisting of at least 1 Baptist churchs, adorable and huge houses, a few antique shops, somewhere selling fishing bait, and very few people. When finally back in Kilmarnock, we mosied (sp?) around the town, grabbed coffee to warm up and headed back to the house for leftover turkey and stuffing dinner. Relaxing in the sun room with the moon reflecting off the water made it incredibly bright outside and after soaking in the hot tub, headed to bed.

Saturday morning we woke up to a calm day on the water. We layered up, loaded up and headed out in Shirley's small fishing boat. Once out on the water (windchill was about -500 degrees) we made it to the Chesapeake and onto shore for a stroll on the beach. Then back into the jette (sp?) for a completely fruitless..errrr, fishless, fishing trip. I got to drive the boat for a bit before docking, cleaning it out and heading back up to the house. Shirley and I spent the afternoon raking leaves and feeding the outdoor fire. Austin's girlfriend came down in the afternoon and we hopped on the little ferry again to check out Reedsville and watch the gorgeous sunset on the water.

That evening we were having oysters. That meant pulling up the oyster beds from the dock ourselves, picking out all the huge ones (not kidding, no oyster I ever eat will match these ones!), rinsing, grilling, shucking, seasoning and sucking them down! So good. Serioously. The bigger the better is my motto with these oysters. Wine and oysters followed by chocolate, games and the hot tub could not have made a better night. It really has been so nice to be out of the city, out of the dorm, away from work and in a family setting in a gorgeous place. Shirly has been so incredible welcoming and hospitable and I have really let myself relax, realize that no matter how much I wanted to I wasn't going to magically appear in Tahoe with the rest of my family and actually enjoy this time. It feels refreshing and like a nice wind down to the last couple months.

Sunday was really relaxing. Church in the morning, football in the afternoon, broken up by a little reading, maybe some leftover pumpkin pie and all with a beautiful view of the water...rough life, I know. The drive back to DC was short and I was back to 'normal' life in no time.

I get ready to head back to California in a couple weeks, but not before Mike comes out next weekend!!!

Posted by tuffchix 21:20 Archived in USA Tagged boating

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