Sunday, August 28, 2005

So Long And Thanks For All The Fish...

This weekend, we spent about two days with our very good friends Cathy and Kevin in beautiful downtown Frederick, Maryland. We drove up on Saturday, arriving about 4pm, and we leave tomorrow (Monday) as soon as they kick us out.

Athena has done very well in the car. The drive up was about six hours total including a Ruby Tuesdays stop and a McDonald's "Shake Your Sillies Out" stop. Then today, we drove her an hour to Baltimore to take her to the National Aquarium, which she really seemed to enjoy. She especially liked the sharks and the electric eel tank, which had lots of brightly colored plants.

The dolphin shows have been cancelled, since they just welcomed a new baby dolphin into the school (or whatever you call a group of dolphins). But we did get to see other dolphins (not mommy and baby) as they swam around and played. Finally, we ended at the "petting tank" where Athena met a sea star, a crab of some sort, and some rocks.

After the aquarium, we headed over into the inner harbor to meet Chris' sister and her husband for an afternoon dessert. They live just outside of Baltimore and were kind enough to drive in to meet us.

After returning to Frederick today, we decided to go out to eat for dinner and walked a few blocks to a local brewery/grill. Athena was being a bit squirrely, so at Chris' suggestion, I offered her the lemon from my water. She started nibbling on it immediately, and much to our surprise, she actually ate large chunks of it, rind and all!

Then, I ordered the Fish and Chips, thinking she would have some fish. After picking through some of my french fries and some of Chris' pizza, Athena discovered the tartar sauce. I will admit that this particular tartar sauce was quite nice, as it included lump lobster meat, but I am still surprised at Athena's next move. She picked up a fry, dipped it in the sauce, then sucked all the sauce off of it. We laughed, and then she went back for more. Needless to say, several french fries and a couple of ounces of tartar sauce later, we cleaned her up and headed out. Is there any nutritional value to tartar sauce at all? I sure hope so!

Anyway, a good time has been had by all. We hate to leave, and I'm always so sad when we do part company with them, as they really are the sorts of friends you'd like to have living down the street from you rather than several hours away. But we shall return... and probably in greater numbers next time! So be prepared, Bruce family!

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