September 6th, 2009

green little review

Poem for Sunday

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We spent a lovely afternoon at Flag Ponds State Park, which has a half-mile path through piney woods to the Chesapeake Bay shore. It was gorgeous and cool in the trees, and it was sunny without being hot or humid on the beach, with water as warm as the air in which one can wade out over a hundred yards before it reaches one's waist, with very soft black sand underfoot past the band of shells and fossils where the water laps the sand. There are no big waves in the Chesapeake; there are some jellyfish, which discouraged Paul from swimming, though no one got a painful sting anywhere around us despite kids grabbing and tossing the jellyfish. There were plenty of kids and dogs, but no crowds, and we saw swimming and jumping fish, seagulls, pelicans, ospreys, and a baby hermit crab that Adam discovered while looking for shark's teeth (I found a decent-sized one of those).

In the late afternoon, we hiked back to the van, changed out of our swimsuits, and drove past the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant to our favorite restaurant in Solomons -- The Captain's Table, where we all had bowls of their legendary cream of crab soup and comparatively small dinners. We sat on the porch overlooking the marina where sailboats were coming back for the evening. After dinner, we walked to the edge of the water to see the lighthouse behind the Calvert Marine Museum, then drove home in the direction of a beautiful sunset, arriving in plenty of time to see the excruciating misery of the Terps' first half against the Golden Bears in their first game of the season. And Virginia Tech is losing by ten points to Alabama as I type this, sigh.

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