Monday, October 31, 2005
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Since it was raining, we decided it would be a good idea to go to the Whaling Museum, which had just been renovated. It was a really cool museum. It is amazing what these whaler's went through out on the boats. I had listen to a book on tape last year about the whaling ship Essex, from Nantucket, so it was cool to see the exhibits in the museum. They have big sperm whale skeleton from one that washed up on the beach and died. The film about it was really interesting. After becoming educated, we decided to grab a bite to eat and then walk around town. But right after lunch it decided to pour, not just rain, so we opted for the car and took a little drive around the island.
On Sat. night we went to a french restaurant that was supposed to be one of the better places in town. It was a very nice atmosphere and the food was good too. I had a pumpkin soup and a duck dish that were absolutely scrumptious. This was a pretty late dinner and the service wasn't speedy either, so we decided to head back to the rooms for the night. I went back and read more of the book that I had kidnapped from the other B&B and watched the end of the NASCAR race. Go Tony Stewart!!
The weather had started to clear a bit, so we decided to get up earlier and take another tour of the island and see some of the lighthouses. The sky was clear, but boy was it windy!! After visiting the 2nd oldest lighthouse in the US, we stopped to see some friends of my parents, and then went to get some sandwiches for a little picnic. We knew this would be a challenge with the wind, but we found a good spot by the beach that was a little sheltered. After our touring around it was off to the airport for our flights back home. However, the airport was packed because the ferries were not running due to the wind causing lots of chop, so it was a busy day. Fortunately we were able to get out and I just barely made my 20 minute connection in Providence.
I made it home Sunday night by about 8 and made dinner and sat down to watch the Steelers game that I had TiVo'd! Unfortunately, I feel like I would have been better off not watching the game at all. It was awful in a lot of respects. Turnover Tommy was up to his old tricks and the O-line was not jellin like Magellin. Oh well, overall it was a good weekend in Nantucket! I am anxious to go back when the weather is better!!
Rambling by Tyler at 9:30 AM
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
The next morning, provided that the rain had stopped, Matt and I decided to go camping and 4 wheeling out in VA. I have been dying to try out the Land Cruiser on some trails since I had gotten it, and this past weekend was a good chance. I found out where some good beginner trails were, we loaded up the dogs and gear into the LC, and we hit the road Sun. noontime. We were a little bit behind schedule, but we didn't really have a set plan. My goal was to get down towards Madison, VA where there is an area called the Rapidan Wildlife Area. However, on the way there, we passed the really good vineyard that AD and I went to near Culpeper. Matt and I stopped off to try a few of the wines, and he decided to pick up a few bottles.
We finally made it to the trailhead at about 3:00. Without really knowing what to expect, off we went! It started out as a nice dirt road, and then gradually diminished as we went. There were a bunch of stream crossings and the trail was basically paralleling fast running river.
We passed a bunch of campsites as we went and there looked to be plenty of off-shooting trails to explore at another time. There were a number of really rocky sections that really bounced us around. I know the dogs were not all that happy with us for taking them on this crazy ride, but we just felt it built character! At one point we found this cool side trail that had a really steep section that people had been trying to get up. I decided to give it a whirl, but with the wetness and a ditch in one side of it, I couldn't get completely up.
It continued to get later and darker as we went, so I decided to stop at a turn-around point and we let the dogs out to run around a bit. We cruised back down the trail, bumping around like crazy, and then I stopped for gas and we tried to figure out how to get to the camp site. The one thing I forgot to mention was that I had left the directions at home, so we were just using a map and where I vaguely remembered things were! It was getting dark and we were really hungry as we were passing through Luray, so we decided to stop at a pizza place, where our eyes were definitely MUCH bigger than our stomachs. We attempted to get some directions from there to the campsite, which I didn't think was too far away, but we weren't very successful.
Eventually we made it there and only 2 of the 10 tent spots were taken, so we were in luck. It's always a challenge to get things set up in the dark, but we didn't have too many problems. The problems we had were finding any good wood for a fire. We didn't have too much success there, but it was a good fight! The tent was a little crowded with 3 dogs and me and Matt, but we survived and I managed to get a pretty good rest. We were up early though with the sun and the dogs. They didn't want so stay in the tent and let us sleep in, so we were up and had camp broken down by about 9. Some Columbus day off sleep-in... Oh well, we had more wheeling to do!!
This time we headed to a spot pretty close to the campsite in the George Washington National Forest. It was a place called Tasker's Gap and the trail was Peter's Mill. I had heard that it was like a highway going through the woods, but I didn't quite get that feeling as we were on it. It also looks really straight on the map, but is not even close on the trail! I feel like it was a good beginner trail for me!
The trail was about 7 miles long and we saw only 2 ATV's the whole time. It was nice to have the trail all to ourselves. About halfway through, there was a big open area where we stopped to let the dogs run again. I don't think they were getting used to all the bumps, but they were definitely dealing with it better on this trail.
After we finished Peter's Mill, we were hungry for some lunch, so decided to head back over Skyline Dr. to Sperryville to get some good bar-b-q! Then it was time to head home so that we could prepare for the Steelers - Chargers Monday night football! Overall, we had a great time wheeling and camping and I am looking forward to doing it again soon. I am not sure that the dogs feel like I do, but they'll learn to get used to it! :)
Rambling by Tyler at 10:00 PM
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Not an image that I was happy to see last night. However, I was happy that the Steelers were able to pull out the win "Vinateri style" with a last second field goal. But seeing Ben go down with a hyperextended left knee was terrible. I know he is tough, but that looked painful. I didn't think they played all that well, even though they won. Sometimes that's what it takes though. There were a bunch of penalties, for both teams, that were costly. I was glad to see that they held LT to 62 yards rushing, even though we were just able to get over 100 total rushing ourselves. It will be an interesting game next week against Jacksonville. I am glad that it is at home, and I am glad that Charlie got some playing time that last preseason game in Carolina.
Rambling by Tyler at 11:00 AM
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Saturday, October 01, 2005
Then we drove through the town of Lewes on our way back to the B&B to change and get cleaned up for dinner. The weather broke a bit, so we went into Rehoboth and walked down the main strip and along the boardwalk for a bit before heading up the road to the Dogfish Head Brew Pub. The place looked like it was going to be fun and they had some good college football games on the TVs. We got a sampler of the beer to start things off. We quickly determined that AD does not like anything dark or really hoppy. I thought I was that way, but she is even more so! They have a Punkin Ale that is really good!! Dogfish Head They have really good wood-fired oven pizza that I had. I highly recommend it. They are opening a Brew Pub up in Gaithersburg, MD, so I am excited about that.
We sat at a bar table behind the band setting up because they had dinner tables on the main deck. Eventually the steel drums went away, they cleared off the table, and the cover band started to play. They played some great music. After the first set was over, we decided that we were going to stay here a little longer and head to the Bottle and Cork later.
Rambling by Tyler at 3:00 PM