I took this shot at the Pittsburgh Zoo in Pittsburgh, PA back in June 2009… can’t wait to get back!
Had a blast in Ocean City, MD, Dover, DE, and Rehoboth Beach, DE this past weekend. Even rolled through Dewey Beach, DE briefly. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… I absolutely LOVE being on the road.
I’ll have some more updates, and a pretty big announcement or two in the coming days…. Hope you are all doing well and enjoying the Spring!
As always, it was a very sad moment walking on the beach for the last time on this trip. I love the beach. Never met a beach I don’t like… cannot wait until my next beach trip, hopefully sooner than later.
After a while of enjoying the beach & town we left Rehoboth Beach. Trust me, it won’t be too long until we go back… even in the Winter, loved that town. We ended up going to Dover, Delaware and the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. GREAT place! My girlfriend and I often go to Hollywood Casino in more local Grantville, PA, so for us this was a little upgrade of sorts (although we LOVE Hollywood Casino!), and a new experience. Also can’t wait to go back there! (and I believe we have some complimentary stays on the way in the mail!)
After a good time in the casino, probably about a 4 or 5 hour visit, it was time for the drive home. Only about a four hour drive or so to our home, so it is really not too bad. Nothing I typically don’t come close to doing every week on the road anyway. Pretty beautiful sunset on the way home… So folks, that is pretty much it. I still have a good amount of video I took while on this trip, which you will eventually see right here in this blog, but I am in the meanwhile working on a secret project of sorts. I can’t talk too much about it now, but I will in the future.
I will be doing a lot more filming/traveling/photography, etc… so stay tuned to this blog, as well as OUnitProductions.com… thanks so much!
Where would you like to see the OUP Photography Tour go? What did you like about this past trip? What didn’t you enjoy so much? Which shot was your favorite? Or simply, how can I help YOU?
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Sunday morning started off feeling VERY sick. Simple as that. You will, I’m sure, later see some video with proof of such a fact. Regardless, a few hours later, and some coffee thanks to the hotel’s always-welcome-when-traveling in-room coffee maker, it was on! It shows with some of my first views of Rehoboth Beach for the day…
The hotel had a “viewing roof” of sorts, but when we walked upstairs the door was locked. I’m not quite sure why, and I didn’t ask. Something else small that sort of confused me about the hotel. Regardless, it had a beautiful view!
After checking out we loaded up our car, and began walking around the area again. Looked at the beach, stopped at a few stores, and eventually realized that we were both starving, still sort of hungover, and needed to find a place to eat. This came with Sammy’s Kitchen. I didn’t really take any photos there, and I wish I would have, but pretty decent food. It was pretty busy, with a wait when we arrived, which didn’t bother me too much.
The service was sort of slow, but I can understand why since they only had basically one waitress running the entire restaurant. I am assuming someone called off? I overheard somebody saying that they didn’t realize it was going to be that busy, but only having one waitress doesn’t seem smart, right? Anyway, pretty good food, I had a typical breakfast dinner (eggs, toast, hash browns, etc…) and it was as-said typical, and just sort of average. Good, but average.
After eating we did some more shopping, walked around, and got ready to head to the beach one last time!
I’ll be back before the weekend with Part IV, the FINAL photo update of this fun little journey…. more beach shots to come!
After leaving Dogfish Head, we took our time walking back towards our hotel, taking in the sights and sounds of Rehoboth Beach. We made sure to take the time to snap a few pictures along the way!
After relaxing in the hotel a while, and taking a few more pictures, we decided that we were in a beach town, so why not do what we usually do in such a case… have more drinks! Earlier in the day we noticed this little pizza place/bar called Nicola Pizza. We decided to walk there and have a few drinks, and I’m glad that we did!
Honestly, I had a blast there, but really don’t remember too much afterwards besides passing out early in my bed listening to the ocean. I remember having two Dogfish Head beers, a jello shot, and a mixed drink called the “Mild Concussion.” If you’re ever at Nicola Pizza, only order this drink if you’re feeling really daring. Either the bartender really hooked us up, or it is a drink basically FILLED with rum and other odds and ends… yeah, don’t remember too much after that. Oh yeah, and they also have all-day-$3 Sex on the Beaches which my girlfriend Brandi too advantage of… can’t go wrong with that!
As I already said, upon leaving Nicola Pizza the night was pretty much a wrap. We stumbled back to our hotel (LOL), my girlfriend talked on the phone/watched TV a while, and I passed out….. The next morning was sort of rough, and we’ll get to that in the next update coming later this week!
It’s Monday morning, January 30th, 2012. As advertised this past weekend I spent on the road headed towards Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Originally I planned on hitting two auctions beforehand, one in Smithsburg, MD and one in Glen Rock, PA. Well, those plans changed a bit. Pretty much last minute I decided to just head straight towards Delaware, and “freestyle pick” along the way, stopping at any Flea Markets, antique mall, or simple junk pile that I saw. Let me tell you, this worked out great!
A few hours into the journey I realized that I was about to pass one of my favorite Flea Markets that I’ve picked many times, and have also set up at before as a vendor, Saturday’s Market in Middletown, PA. Had to stop! Very glad that I did as I scored HUGE on a motherload of soda crates, bottles, wooden boxes, and other odds and ends.
After leaving Middletown and Saturday’s Market (very happy & excited about my finds), it was on towards Rehoboth Beach! A few hours later we arrived, parked by our hotel, and walked up and down the Boardwalk a bit. It was a little bit chilly, but beautiful nonetheless. I absolutely LOVE beach towns! One of my original plans when we decided to go to Rehoboth Beach was to eat at Dogfish Head’s Brewings & Eats pub/restaurant. We passed it on the way to our hotel, and knew we had to have our first meal there!
Before I get into the food and beer, which I absolutely LOVED, I have to mention the sign you see above. It’s an antique “Drink Delaware Punch” sign which is hanging inside Dogfish Head. KILLER! I almost wanted to try to make any offer on it! LOL… I ended up trying their fish and chips meal, which included actual dogfish. Delicious! My girlfriend Brandi actually even enjoyed it (she sampled a little piece… she had steak and fries) and she doesn’t like fish. The only other fish I have got her to eat and enjoy is Mahi Mahi that we had down in Miami last January.
I ended up having 7 Dogfish Head beers total. A sampler of 5 4oz beers, and two “regular” sized beers. I am HUGE into the craft beer scene so I honestly thought each beer was amazing, in its own way. Let’s just say at the end of dinner I was VERY full, and just a bit tipsy
Overall I would give the Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats pub an “A” if I were to grade it. Great atmosphere, great food, and obviously GREAT beer. I really enjoy how you can try exclusive beers while you are there, some which will never see the actual market around the United States. After our meal we both purchased some shirts outside of the pub, in a little stand that they have set up where you can also purchase hats, beer, and other odds and ends.
We accomplished quite a bit on this trip, and I still have loads of photos (and some video!) to share with you guys…. STAY TUNED for Part II coming next, later in the week. I’m not sure how many parts exactly I will have, but just know that there is a lot to come!
I would appreciate it if you left some comments, questions, ideas, or anything else you may have below… THANKS!
Keeping in the “tradition” of providing content for the OUP Photography Tour blog, I have yet another stop planned before the 2011 OUP Photography Tour kicks off on January 13th. On December 11th I’ll be headed to HersheyPark’s Christmas Candylane! I’ve been to all of HersheyPark’s Seasonal Events this year, and this marks the last one. Check back that weekend for an update!
I just got to my hotel in Wyomissing, PA and decided to write the first blog post for the “O.U.Picking Tour.” My day started extremely early today… around 3:30 AM. I couldn’t sleep so I decided to start a bit earlier than anticipated. After drinking some O.J. and getting a shower it was time to hit the road, and so I did. I hit the ATM, got some gas & breakfast, and headed towards Middletown, PA and its “Saturday’s Market,” where I took the above sunrise shot.
There were quite a few vendors there for it being as cold as it was, and some good finds, but I didn’t pop on too much. I ended up getting six different items from the same guy, who was quite the character. We joked around, haggled on some prices, and I think I ended up getting some good things which will bring a profit. After walking around about four hours, and thinking about a few things while pricing others, I decided to head to Denver/Adamstown, PA and freestyle pick. Adamstown is known as “Antiques Capital U.S.A.” and let me tell you, it doesn’t disappoint. There are so many different shops right next to each other.
I went to five seperate shops– “German Trading Post,” “Adamstown Antique Gallery,” “Mad Hatter,” “272 Antiques,” and “Time Matters.” All were very good, most over-priced, as is the case with most antique “shops.” I did get a few good finds that I am sure I can make profit on, and was actually able to haggle the price down on one as I talked to one of the dealers who happened to be there.
After a good 8 hours of picking I checked into my hotel, the Country Inn & Suites (the second one I’ve stayed at in the last month). Let me tell you, this one is even better than the last one so far! Very comforatable room, tea in the room (VERY big for me), friendly service (the front desk clerk already called my room to see that I have everything I need), and good location (right next to a Mall!). I am about to go to the excersize room and get in a workout, and afterwards possibly hit the inside pool & hot tub (I will at least at some point tonight).
Tonight my friend Scott and his wife Bekki are coming and they got a room in the same hotel. We’re going out picking early tomorrow morning and hitting both Renninger’s Flea Market as well as Stoudt’s Flea Market, a few others, and more shops. Beforehand I’ll be taking advantage of the hotel’s Complimentary Breakfast (of course!). Stoudt’s is not only an antique shop BTW, but also a brewery, and a pub/restaurant! We’re going to eat there later on tonight. I’ll check back in with an update possibly tonight, or at least tomorrow. There’s a chance that it might not be until late tomorrow night/early Monday morning, but we’ll see. Working the “night hustle” when I get back into town tomorrow night. Gotta keep the hustle up… LET’S GO!!!!!!!