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If we were having coffee: A day trip

Friday morning moon.

You can only go to places that you will let yourself go.

~ Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

Autumn creeping in on the maple tree in the backyard.

If we were having coffee, I would be thrilled to see you again.  Welcome back to the Wabi-Sabi Ranch!  Come on in out the heat and humidity and clouds of biting insects.  It’s dreadful out there today, isn’t it?  Let’s go to the kitchen where we can enjoy the air conditioning and the ceiling fan, and have easy access to our drinks and snacks.  We have the usual assortment of teas (caff and decaff), coffee (of course, and also available in caff and decaff), sparkling water, lime-infused water, and there are some adult beverages (wine and beer) if you’d rather go that route.  I am still abstaining from alcohol as part of my year of healthy living, but don’t mind a bit if you want to indulge and imbibe.

As for snacks, we have veggies, pita, and hummus, and some of the artisan cheese we brought back from Vermont.  Yes, it’s still good.  It was sealed in wax.  It’s an aged and very sharp cheddar that will go well with the honey crisp apples a friend gave us last weekend.  The apples make it healthier, right?

Goldenrod in the rain garden. The birds or the wind must have planted this and the asters.

How are you?  What have you been up to lately?  Have you traveled anywhere or seen any new sights?  Have you visited with friends and/or family?  Have you gone on any good walks or hikes?  Are you planning to participate in Walktober?  (If you’re new here and not sure what Walktober is, here’s a link to an old post that explains it.)  Have you read any good books or seen any good films?  Gone to any plays or concerts?

Mornings are dewy lately, but the roses don’t seem to mind.

I am currently reading The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters.  I can’t really tell you much about it since I’m only a few pages into it.  I just finished The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth) which was the last book in The Broken Earth trilogy by N. K. Jemisin.  I loved the series and took my time finishing the last book because I didn’t want it to end.

The Chesapeake Bay. This was taken from the restaurant on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

As for films, M and I have watched quite a few since our last coffee chat (which was on July 22!  I didn’t realize it had been that long.).  Some were not very good or at least not very memorable since I can’t recall the titles.  Others, such as Lion and Hail, Caesar! were very good or at least very entertaining.  Hail, Caesar! is a Cohen Brothers film, and was as quirky as expected.  The quirkiness is why I like their films.  Lion was touching and heartwarming and all kinds of good things balanced with sadness and some not-so-good things.

Pigeons on the rocks.

If we were having coffee or something else to drink, I would tell you that I took a day trip to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel yesterday.  It’s about a 2-hour ride south of here, in Virginia.  It crosses the Chesapeake Bay, the tunnels preserving the shipping channels that cross from the bay through Thimble Shoals out to the Atlantic Ocean (or the other way around, of course), and connects Delmarva (Delaware + the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia) to Virginia Beach, shaving off about 95 miles of road trip travel if you’re going from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Wilmington, Delaware (or the other way around, of course).

USS Monterey, a U.S. Navy Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser.

The Bridge-Tunnel is 20 miles long and is not, in my opinion, nearly as scary as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge which is north of here and connects the western shore of Maryland (Annapolis) with the Eastern Shore (Kent Island) of Maryland.  The northbound section of the Bridge-Tunnel opened in 1964.  They’ve added to it since that time.

Cargo ship.

If we were having coffee or some other beverage, you might be wondering why in the world I would wanted to travel for two hours (four hours round trip) to the Bridge-Tunnel.  Well, there is a restaurant, gift shop, and a fishing pier about 3-1/2 miles from Virginia Beach on one of the four man-made islands (Sea Gull Island).  Both will be closing permanently on September 30th “to make way for the construction of the Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel” (quote from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel website).   Currently, the tunnel portions of the Bridge-Tunnel are two lanes with traffic traveling in both directions (one lane for each direction, in other words).  The parallel tunnel will increase one tunnel (the Thimble Shoal Tunnel) to four lanes to accommodate increased traffic.  Unfortunately, this means there will be no place to stop  on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel on the south end in order to enjoy the view, eat a good meal, fish, use the restroom, and/or buy touristy-type souvenirs.   I’m not sure if they will be keeping the scenic overlook on the north end or not.  I hope so.  It seems a big shame to waste all that gorgeous scenery just for drive-bys on the bridges.

Sea Gull fishing pier.

M and I first traveled on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel on August 28, 1976.  I remember it well because it was the day after we were married and we were headed from New Jersey (where I was born and raised, and where our wedding took place) to South Carolina where we were going to live.  We took the scenic coastal route because we were stopping in Cape Hatteras on the Outer Banks of North Carolina for our brief but lovely honeymoon.

Where one portion of the bridge meets one of the tunnels.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we had a tasty lunch at The Chesapeake Grill yesterday.  We picked up a few small items from the gift shop as tokens of remembrance, and then walked out onto the fishing pier where we watched some of the ships and boats come and go.  It was a muggy day, and I think the haziness of the humidity shows in some of the photographs I took.

Enjoying the view.

If we were having coffee, tea, or something else to drink, I would tell you that we are keeping a weather-eye on Hurricane Jose.  I like to read the Forecast Discussions on NOAA’s National Hurricane Center website.  They’re interesting, and sometimes the forecaster’s personality comes through a little bit (as is usually the case with writing and writing styles).  One I read recently started a paragraph with “Best I can tell…”  I appreciate the honesty.  Weather prognostication may be informed by science but as we all know, it’s not an exact science.  Sometimes the forecasters get it right and sometimes they get it wrong.

As of this writing, the tropics are still kicking up storms.  Tropical Storm Lee and Tropical Depression Fifteen are currently whirling around in the Atlantic.  In case you’re wondering what the count is for the Atlantic season, there have been 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 3 intense hurricanes.  That’s a little more than average and we still have a month and a half to go before hurricane season is over.

Waiting for the fisherman to drop something.

If we were having coffee, it would be time for me to turn this over to you.  I’ve rambled on long enough for one coffee chat (and barely touched on all the news, but that’s okay).  Thank you so much for stopping by for another coffee chat.  You’re welcome to stay awhile.  The pool is still open if you’d like to cool off and go for a swim, but I should warn you that our nights have been cooler so the water is not summer-warm anymore.  It will take a moment or two to get used to it.  As for sunset, it might be quite interesting this evening.  There are all kinds of clouds floating around in the sky.  Let’s go to the Point.  Today’s sunset is scheduled for 7:11 PM.  Be sure to spray thoroughly with an insect-repellent.  Otherwise, you’ll get eaten alive out there.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Zooming by the pier.

This post is in response to #WeekendCoffeeShare which is now once again residing at its original home with Diana at Part-Time Monster.  Thank you to Nerd In The Brain for taking on the job of hosting it while Diana took a break.  Put the kettle on, start the coffee maker, open a bottle of wine, or whatever your preference is, and join us.  I’d love to hear all about what you were up to this week.

The water playing splashing games with the rocks.


Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

11 thoughts on “If we were having coffee: A day trip

  1. I stopped by with my morning coffee today and enjoyed a visit with you Robin – there’s not been much time for visiting lately as life seems to get swept up by the early springtime rush. I’m hoping I can settle back into my slow and steady pace soon. Your part of the world has had more than its fair share of wild weather in recent days. I have not heard anything about the aftermath of the super-sized hurricane but imagine it is pretty devastating. I believe Jose is now headed north and so hope you are all safe from that. Our early spring weather is different now. It used to be a soft and gentle time now it is changeable and wild and tends to gloomy days interspersed with the odd soft and gentle sunny day …… nothing is as it once was!

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    1. No, nothing is as it once was, Pauline, but that’s often the case, isn’t it? Whenever I find myself thinking or saying something about how much things have changed, I think of my grandmothers or other elderly people I’ve known who would complain about the way things have changed. And yet, sometimes I think it’s true what they say about the more things change, the more they stay the same. The mystery and dichotomy of that confuse and confuzzle me if I spend too much time pondering it. lol! (I don’t mean to say or imply that you were complaining, in case it comes across that way. Just thinking out loud (or in type) about the nature of change (and the change in nature).
      Jose is out to sea for now. The spaghetti models show such a wide range of possibilities that all we can do is wait and see. We do have clouds and wind from Jose today, but the rough seas and gale force winds will likely stay to the east of us on the coast. It’s not a good week to be at the beach unless you enjoy watching big waves. It so happens that I do like watching the big waves and hope to find time to go have a look, but it looks like a busy week ahead.


  2. Just finished Christina Baker Kline’s ‘A Piece of the World’…a fictitious rendering of the woman in Wyeth’s ‘Christina’s World.’ Interesting and well done, but as you can imagine, as austere as the painting. Her life was pretty grim.
    Watched ‘Charade’ an oldie, but goodie with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, great supporting cast, James Coburn, Walter Matthau and others. I do love the old movies! Also finally saw ‘La La Land’ which took me a while to get into, but in the end liked the many layers to it.
    I’m enjoying this last bit of summery weather, can’t believe Oct. is less than 2 wks away. I planted mums today and harvested a compost pile bonus surprise of white gourds, at least 20! Enough to put on fence posts out front and fill a basket by the door. Fall decorating done! 😉

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    1. I will have to look for that book, Eliza. Andrew Wyeth is one of my favorite artists (I love his “Snow Hill” painting). We lived near Chadd Ford, Pennsylvania, and frequently drove past his home there, and saw some of his work at the Brandywine Museum.
      We recently watched an old movie, too. “On the Beach” with Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, and Anthony Perkins. I’d read the book and wanted to see what they did with it in the film version. The book, of course, was better, but the film wasn’t bad. It was missing, I think, some of the important aspects of the character’s personalities. It’s probably difficult to put that in a movie without making it ridiculously long and involved.
      I love those compost pile bonuses! Our compost pile yielded up a cantaloupe, a prolific cherry tomato plant, and so-so roma tomatoes. The tomatoes did not do well at all this year. Probably too much rain.


      1. Yes, we got late bright and lost most of our tomatoes – arrrghh! Some things are better left to buy at farmstands, I guess.
        I went to the Farnsworth 100th exhibit this summer when I was in ME. It was really enjoyable, so I thought the book was a good complement. It invoked the austerity of 20th century coastal Maine very well.

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  3. It sounds and looks like you had a lovely drive. Your photos are stunning, as usual, Robin. I tried to take a photo of yesterday’s morning moon, but I was not very successful. 😉 I also like the bird waiting for food to drop–love his quizzical look. Sarah Waters is such a good writer. I liked The Paying Guests. My older daughter loves The Night Watch, which I finally also read and enjoyed. I forget the name of one that was like an old fashioned ghost story that I liked, too. Lion was all that you said. I expected more from Hail, Caesar, though I did enjoy the homage to old Hollywood and its stars.

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    1. Thank you, Merril. 🙂 The moon is tricky to capture in a photo because you have to remember it is a bright object. I’ve read one or two books by Sarah Waters, but don’t think I’ve read either of those that you mentioned. I’ll have to look for them.

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  4. I always enjoy these posts, dear Robin. I’ve nothing to add to the chat…other than keeping an eye on the tropics from the coast of the Carolinas and enjoying Brene Brown’s new book. It’s fabulous. Well, I’m going to go check on the furry ones who live here…there are five. Two tuxedos, two polydactyls (one of the tuxedos), a grey tabby, a black one and another beautiful cat who is the other polydactyl. One male and one female. I was happy to learn that all of the Hemingway cats survived the dreadful Irma. Be well and have a lovely week!

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Comments are delightful and always appreciated. I will respond when I can (life is keeping me busy!), and/or come around to visit you at your place soon. Thank you!

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