July 16th & 17th, 2011
If I were a better writer, you readers would have quite a field day reading about Aquapalooza. I'll do my best. It's everything you envision it to be and more. Imagine a thousand boats converging on the protected side of an island in the middle of summer with dogs, kids, beer, music and rafts. And then multiply it by a hundred later in the day when everything gains momentum and the beer is flowing and the heat is steaming and the music is beating... It's craziness and zaniness and wow - what an event! Kudos to Marine Max for organizing it.
I'm such a nervous nelly that it's really difficult for me to enjoy myself watching mayhem unfold. Plus, I couldn't hear the band because one of the boats tied up with us brought his own generator and speakers and had his dance music blasting off the bow of his boat.
|Generator & Subwoofer on Bow!|
Off we went towards Fairlee to meet some friends of ours that were coming back from a cruise up to Atlantic City and Manhattan (talk about a boat trip!). I took a nap on the back of the boat and enjoyed the breeze until I felt us slow down at the cut. It's such an interesting approach in to Fairlee that I hate to miss it. I like watching us turn the corner and feeling the current under us and seeing Jelly Fish Joel's and the palm trees and babies on the beach. We found a nice open spot, set the anchor and then INXS was pulling in.
|The Stifflers show purple pride!|
We took the dog to shore and then the four of us went to Jelly Fish Joel's on the dinghy to listen to some music and enjoy a kooky drink. The frozen drinks are refreshing and the band was playing crowd favorites. The new bikini crush station and ice luge are a nice addition (I don't remember that from last year), and the attendant was a perpetually happy person that danced non-stop and aimed to please. I got in to the band (or maybe the kooky drink got in to me) and danced in the sand next to the mermaid, before heading back to start dinner.
|Capt Buddy on the grill|
Another spectacular summer weekend on the Chesapeake...______________________________________________________
Crispy Potatoes Recipe
- 1 whole baking potato cut in to small squares
- 1/3 of a vidalia sweet onion chopped
- generous portion of butter
- generous sprinkling of old bay
- fresh pepper to taste