07-04-2013   Leave a comment

Well, today was the Fourth and for a change the weather was absolutely perfect.  Ninety degrees with a slight breeze along the shore to keep things just cool enough.  We made our way to the town of Old Orchid Beach late in the morning and found the place already jammed with tourists.  The beach was packed with thousands of people and if the car license plates we saw were accurate most of Massachusetts and Quebec had moved in for the holiday weekend.

The local business people decided to start early gouging as many visitors as possible with a new and higher parking lot charge, $25.00 for the day.  Since last year the cost was between $10.00 and $15.00 we decided to find a parking spot in town on the street and to feed the parking meters.  A huge pain in the ass but at the end of the day we saved about $15.00.  Luckily we found a spot only two blocks from the beach so our walk wasn’t too bad.

We dropped our blanket under the Pier out of the sun and started snapping pictures in between trips into the water to cool off.  We’ve been coming here for years and it was as crowded as we’ve ever seen it.  After an hour or so we decided a meal or snack was in order. We trekked back to the car and did a quick strip tease on the street to change out our wet clothes.  Thankfully the foot traffic in the area was light so my better-half’s rear half didn’t scare anyone too badly.

We ended up sitting on the shaded deck of the Surf 6 Club for a few refreshing drinks and a nosh of onion rings and chicken fingers.  We met a few visiting tourists and were able to chat and have a great time.  The band started playing at eleven am and were pretty good. They were playing not only for the customers of the club but for the hundreds of people nearby on the beach.

The OOB Pier extends out into the ocean for at lease three hundred yards and is covered with small shops and eating establishments.  We worked our way to the end of the Pier for a a quick drink at the “Pier” bar and to take a few more photos of the beach goers from a different angle. The place was packed with tourists and  everyone seemed to be enjoying the atmosphere and the dozens of bikini wearing female customers.  We stayed only a half hour because we had to go and to feed the parking meter.

Next was the better-half’s favorite thing, shopping.  We started hitting the shops to look through the tons of touristy junk with really unbelievably high prices. She was forced by her shopping addiction to make a few purchases and then we were off to the Arcade.  She kicked my ass playing Air Hockey and followed her victory with a little Skee-Ball. We then strolled over to the amusement park.

We agreed that the cost for tickets on the rides was ridiculous so we took lots of photographs and just walked around enjoying the atmosphere.  We hit a few more  of the smaller shops in town as we made our way back to the car. The nicest part of these visits is that we live only seven or eight miles away and we returned home in short order.

Lounging on our deck and enjoying the cool breeze and a cooler drink was a perfect ending to a great day.  The better-half just couldn’t stop herself from peppering the yard with firecrackers and Roman Candles.  That was her extremely loud way to celebrate the country’s birthday. I was also pleased to see so many of the people in town and at the beach wearing red, white, and blue swim suits, head ware, t-shirts, and beach equipment.  The meaning of the holiday wasn’t lost on most of us and that was nice to see.

We both hope your day was as nice as ours. Happy Birthday America!

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