This is it!
It's difficult to know where to start with updating you on the events of the past year, but I think starting out by giving you some photos of where we live is a good place to begin. Although we still live in the Mid-Atlantic and we are only 90 minutes from Washington D.C., the difference couldn't be any more stark from the D.C. and Virginia Beach areas.
I am absolutely in love with this area! It has all of the water we enjoyed in Virginia Beach, but none of the development. You can actually get to the water here, pretty much wherever you want. We lived close to the oceanfront in Virginia yet couldn't get near it due to development and parking restrictions and crowds. Here, you can pretty much pull your car over anywhere and launch a kayak or throw a line in and nobody thinks anything of it.
The Navy is the largest employer here due to the test base (all the newest technology is tested here), but historically this area is rural, with most making a living off the water or farming. This is about ground zero for watermen and their legendary Chesapeake Blue Crab harvesting. The result of this is that this place is heaven for seafood. Everyone knows of my love of crab cakes so it's about perfect here. All of Southern Maryland is a peninsula bordered on 3 sides by the Potomac River, Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay, which effectively isolates us from the craziness that is the Northern Virginia/D.C. metro area.
This is part of "our backyard" - the pier where we fish on base, I was able to get up early and catch sunrise! I refer to everything on the base as our backyard since we live right on base!
Another shot of the pier at sunrise.
This is the woods and trail that is behind our house.
We finally live among hardwoods and forest! Our area is usually forested right up to the water line here, unlike the open areas and scrub of Virginia.
Many roads here look like this:
The result are these awesome secluded beaches all over that the trails just end at.
It's actually quite common here to keep kayaks at the ready and we don't look out of place! In the spring through fall many people that work at the base just keep their kayak on the roof and actually manage to kayak or fish on their lunch hour. This place is very outdoor oriented. If you like the city you would probably not like it here!
Lots of fishing and hunting right on base.
This is one of our fishing spots, hubby and the kids always pack trash bags to pick up litter while they are there.
Marley & Sprocket love it here too! You would never guess Marley is turning 14 years old this summer!
Hopefully you can imagine a little better the area we live in now. We only have ONE road here that has all the stores, etc on it. Just one. It's awesome!
When you envision this area, it really is water and forest everywhere. We have left the power boats behind in the south and here sailboats and crab fishing boats are king. If you think of the old Chesapeake Bay photographs you have may have seen in books of watermen and their boats, it's pretty much still that way here.
Crab pots everywhere here, on docks, boats and stacked behind barns!
For the uninitiated, this is the beautiful Chesapeake Blue Crab, it's Latin name Callinectes sapidus translates to "Beautiful Swimmer". Indeed.
It's also a hot bed of Revolutionary War history here, which is way more than I can blog about, but it's cool stuff.
I'm off to the garden plot in 40 mph winds to plant. It's always 40 mph winds, sigh….. Challenging, but it should give you something to laugh at when you see me trying to grow things there! Should have a garden plot update on the next post, it's all been fence building so far this week.
What a beautiful area! I am a blue crab LOVER so I am green/blue with envy at your easy access of fresh seafood. How did the boys transition? It looks as if they have both grown a foot!ReplyDelete
Susan, I swear if we aren't careful we will go broke here eating out! Crabcake sandwiches will be my downfall - I must try them every place we go, and then return "just to make sure". The boys did wonderfully transitioning to schools and new friends, it helped that we were moving into military housing - there are kids everywhere here. In VA we lived on a dead end street with no kids out and about like here.Delete
OMIgosh, your pictures look like a travelogue ad! It all looks so beautiful. I guess that's really a big advantage of being in the military . . . you get to live in some awesome places. (Although I'm sure sometimes the opposite is true, too.) I love that you find it to be not big city-like and you have such wonderful access to the water. Being a fan of seafood, I would probably go bonkers (and get really fat) stuffing in as much as I could while I was there. You know Minnesota is not known for it's seafood. Sigh. Yes, the pictures do really help us all "place" you in your new environment.ReplyDelete
I really do love it, it's crazy how many people I've met that absolutely hate it here… although if you don't like hunting, fishing, boating or exploring I guess it would be awful haha! No mall here! Oh, but you have walleye! I make a beeline for walleye when I get home - that's a MN/WI exclusive :)Delete
What a GREAT area for you and your family! It's (almost) like being on a vacation trip every day :)ReplyDelete
That's exactly what I've said to my husband quite a few times! The fact that he is home to enjoy it and not deployed is even better!Delete
That looks like heaven to me with the ocean and the forests. Plus who needs shopping when you have the internet now. Malls are overrated. I'd much rather have trees and water.ReplyDelete
Can you put up any type of wind break in your gardens?
Hi Sparkless! Oh, but we BARELY have internet haha! Another one of the challenges of this isolated area, it's very spotty at times. No windbreaks, we can't plant anything permanent like shrubs or trees and can't really erect anything since it would be a hazard to the aircraft so close to the flight line. You are right… malls are the pits!Delete
Now that's more like it! I've never been fond of cities---too much overload for me. I'm so happy for you--looks like a wonderful place for outdoor fun with the kids.ReplyDelete
Sue, I was really apprehensive moving 90 minutes from the DC Beltway but so incredibly relieved to see that this area has largely been ignored. We only have one Starbucks here and the next one is 50 minutes up the road so that's pretty incredible. (We had 17 in a 8 mile radius of our last house!)Delete