To go by - unicycle? cardboard boat? kayak? camry!
Trip Start Aug 31, 2010
20Trip End Jan 04, 2011
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On Friday, Darrell finally got to meet his brother-in-law, Mike, for the first time. (We think that every other time we've visited the U.S. Mike's been secretly hiding in the cellar, to avoid us.) In honour of this momentous occasion, Rachael decided to give Beanie a bath. We got the impression that this wasn't one of Beanie's favourite things to do, but it was hilarious watching him do laps around the dining room table afterwards, to get dry.
The next day we got up to discover that the temperature had finally come down to levels that were compatible with human life. We went to pick up our rental car and got a free upgrade to a snazzy Toyota Camry with all kinds of electronic gadgets and a fab stereo system – cool!
Sinnet and Mike gave us a good sendoff – Mike riding up and down the road on his unicycle (some sort of strange American custom, I guess) – and we were on our way to Chester, Maryland to Amanda's dad's house.
On Sunday we went over to the beach at Evan and Christine's community to watch our first ever cardboard boat race (believe it folks, we've got the photographic evidence). Unfortunately, Evan and Keller's boat sank within 3 seconds, but it was all good fun.
Evan and Christine invited us back for a meal that evening. Christine apologised that she didn't have anything in to feed us with, and then rustled up the most amazing fajitas with steak, shrimp, guacamole and all the trimmings! We drank beer and stuffed our faces, and a good time was had by all.
On Monday (which was the first day back at school for Amanda's Lady Manners colleagues – commiserations!) we went kayaking on Crab Alley Creek. The sun was shining, a soft breeze was ruffling the water – we felt much more relaxed than we used to on a Monday morning!
So now it's Tuesday evening and we're about to cook risotto with roasted vegetables for Ray, Amanda's dad, a new taste sensation for him. We're pretty much packed up and ready to set off for West Virginia tomorrow – the first step on our independent adventures. New River Gorge, here we come!