Ocean City 2018

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I just got back from Ocean City, MD yesterday evening. I went with my mom and aunt, and I also met up with Brandy while I was there. That was my first time seeing her in six years. We initially met through blogging and social media over a decade ago, and we’ve met up in person a total of five times now. It just worked out that we were able to take a trip to the beach at the same time, so our paths crossed again.

I hadn’t been to Ocean City since 2009, despite living only four hours away. We were only there for a few days. We left Monday morning and got home Wednesday evening. That’s more than enough for me though. I was so glad to be coming home. I absolutely love the beach, but going away on vacation is so exhausting. I’m highly introverted, so being around people non-stop for days straight with absolutely no alone time had me feeling tired and overwhelmed. Add on the swimming, walking, being in the sun all day, and lack of sleep, and it just about killed me. On the drive home, I felt so terrible. I had a throbbing head, my muscles were sore, and I was feeling a little queasy.

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I still had a nice time though. It was nice to get away, and like I mentioned, I absolutely love the beach. I’m a Scorpio, which is a water sign, so it’s no surprise that I absolutely love being in the water. I especially love swimming in the ocean because the waves are a lot of fun. Plus, the ocean is so vast and powerful. It amazes me how beautiful this Earth can be.

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Three days before our trip, I saw an article about a sea lice outbreak in Ocean City, so that made me nervous. Sea lice is a nickname for jellyfish larvae, and it causes stinging and itching after coming into contact with you. Fortunately, the lifeguard said it was no longer a problem when we got there. I swam comfortably in the ocean with no problems.

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The photo at the beginning of this post is the view from our hotel balcony. This is the first time I’ve ever stayed anywhere that I actually had a view of the beach. I thought that was wonderful. I also attempted to sleep on the hard ass balcony one night because my aunt was snoring so loud. I am telling you, it was absolutely horrible! It was super loud, and it was all night long, hence why I mentioned lack of sleep above. It was actually quite peaceful out on the balcony where I could hear the waves, but I couldn’t fall asleep because it was way too hard and uncomfortable.

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I didn’t want to pack too much stuff, so I didn’t take a lot of my makeup and hair products, hence why my brows and hair were a bit of a mess. My hair kept getting so frizzy! The photos above were right after I stepped outside, so it’s not as bad, but it definitely got worse the longer I was out.

Brandy’s hotel was five streets down from mine, so we would meet up on the boardwalk before hanging out. The first night we were there, my mom and aunt went and did their own thing, and Brandy and I went to Seacrets. I had never been there, though I’ve heard a lot about it. It seems to be a pretty popular place, and Brandy had been there before.

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They have rafts and tables literally out on the water where you can eat and drink. Those are only available during the day though, and we went right as it was getting dark, hence why they’re all empty.

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I absolutely loved the decor of this place. It’s Jamaican themed, so the ground was all sand, and they had palm trees all over. It really felt like I was in a tropical place. The lights also provided a nice ambience, and it’s right next to the water. I can definitely see why people really like it there.

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However, I definitely thought this place was better suited for a younger crowd. (Not that I’m old). It was more of a bar/club/hangout type of place, and they had loud music playing. I’ve never been into the bar scene, and I wasn’t drinking (too expensive), so it wasn’t exactly my ideal place. We had about a half hour wait to get into the restaurant area. We were seated right next to the live music stage, so it was really loud and kind of hard to hear each other talk. It was also dark outside when we were seated, so the only light we had was from the string lights. We had to use the light from our phones to see the menu.

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We both ended up ordering the Caribbean Quesadilla. I had to increase the brightness on the photo because it was so dark. The food was delicious though! It had jerk chicken in it, and the chicken had great flavoring. Plus, the quesadillas were packed pretty full. I definitely wish I could have another one of these!

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Tuesday evening, we were all supposed to go eat crabs. If you’ve been here before, you should know how much I love some delicious blue crabs! Well, that ended up being a bust because it was expensive there and nobody else felt like sitting for hours and picking crabs. I was kind of disappointed, but whatever. We ate at a place called Crab Alley and I ended up getting the combo, where you got to pick two types of seafood items and two sides to go with it. I got a crab cake and steamed shrimp with coleslaw and corn on the cob. This was a pricey meal, but it was really delicious. The corn was so fresh and sweet, and the shrimp were huge. The cocktail sauce they gave for dipping was one of the best I’ve ever had. It had a nice spicy kick to it, which I love. I don’t like when the sauce is too mild. The best of the bunch was the crab cake. It was so good! It had a lot of lump crab meat in it, which is how a true crab cake should be made.

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After we ate, we all went down to the boardwalk for a little bit. I didn’t buy anything, and we mostly just sat and people watched. Brandy took some photos of us, which she might post on her blog. I was super exhausted at that point, so I wasn’t really feeling it.

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On the way there and on the way back, we have to cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Some people are scared of this bridge, but I’m not really sure why. I think it’s pretty neat. Plus, it’s exactly the halfway point between our destination, so it’s always exciting when we get to it.

 

 

32 thoughts on “Ocean City 2018

    1. I’ve been there quite a bit of times, so it’s not as exciting to me now. Of course any time I get to go to the beach, I’m happy. I love the ocean! You should definitely go at least once in your life though.

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  1. I’m glad you had a good time πŸ™‚ I was in Ocean City in June but hadn’t been there since I was 10 (2005.) I thought it was funny what you said about your aunt because my mom and dad snore like crazy and I have to keep my phone out to listen to something or I’d get no sleep, so I totally get you x

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  2. I’m so jealous – I live in the UK and it seems as if we have nothing as beautiful as that! Your photography is just so gorgeous and this whole post makes me want to grab my passport and go on holiday again.
    I have a life, beauty and wellness blog and it would be great if you could check it out! I blog at http://kissesofconfidenceblog.wordpress.com and it would mean so much to me if you had a read πŸ™‚

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  3. I loved the post!

    It was so great seeing you again. It felt like I talked your head off at times. Even though we are both introverted, I fall into a different spectrum. Must be the Gemini in me. Haha. Being around people too long drains me, but I also over talk and drain myself to the core, especially when I’m already tired. But, I had a great time. I’m glad it was able to work out, because I was so afraid that I wouldn’t get the time off approved (they’re strict for new hires). At least our hotels were super close and it was easy to catch up. My back got so burnt, along with my right thigh, but it was so worth it. Hopefully, we can see each other again soon.

    I liked Seacrets, but as you said, it was a little too loud to hear each other talk. I went for the first time when I was about 21-22 so it was a little more enjoyable for me back then. I’ve only ever gone in the evening, because I’m not a big partier and couldn’t really fathom being around drunken idiots. I can’t blame my Mom for not wanting to go. I saw the photo of the jerk chicken quesadilla on Instagram and have been craving them forever, so I had planned on trying it, and I’m glad that I did. It was so good! I probably could have eaten another one. I’ve honestly only gone because of their food, and the environment is pretty cool.

    Crab Alley was awesome. I loved the Crab Cake, breaded fried shrimp, and fries (they fulfilled my craving since I never made it to Thrashers and were even better after I added Old Bay), but the Hush Puppies were really cold. I normally like them, but I just couldn’t touch as many because they didn’t taste fresh. I knew that they just weren’t your thing either. LoL.

    Hopefully, I’ll have my post up in a few days. I’m off early tomorrow and have the day off on Sunday, so I’m planning on trying to get something up.

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    1. I kind of wish I would have gotten the fried shrimp too since I don’t get to eat it as much. Steamed shrimp is my favorite, but I had that the day before I left for OC LOL. Looking forward to your post. πŸ™‚

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  4. Welcome back from Ocean City! It’s so cool that you got to meet up with Brandy. Oh wow, you two go way back! the ocean looks gorgeous! It is called Ocean City for a reason! Your brows still look nice. The food looks delicious! Yum, crabs are great! Glad you had an enjoyable time out there!

    Nancy β™₯ exquisitely.me

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    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ I take photos with my iPhone. A couple photos in this post (the one of the ferris wheel and stores on the boardwalk) I used the Huji app to take those. The rest I just used my regular phone camera and edited them a bit in the MIX app. (One of my favorite apps ever!)

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  5. Oh wow!! So many beautiful photos of the ocean & boardwalk. I totally feel you on being exhausted from being around people too long!

    So glad that the sea lice were no longer a problem when you got there & you were able to swim. πŸ™‚

    I am laughing about your aunt snoring & how you tried to sleep on the balcony! πŸ˜‚ Also, you look so stinkin’ cute in both selfies!!!

    Ooh Seacrets looks amazing, I’d love to get there during the day to sit out on the water like that, wow!!!

    The shrimps, corn, & crab cake look delish! I would have totally went for the crabs if I was with you though. β™‘

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    1. Aww, thank you! πŸ™‚ My mom snores too, and at a couple points I woke up to them both snoring at the same time! It was horrible. lol My mom’s snoring is nothing like my aunt’s though! Hers was insanely loud and there were basically no breaks in between, so it was constant all night. I even tried putting in my earphones and playing music, and I could still hear her. I definitely would have slept on the balcony if I had something soft (like a little mattress topper or something) to sleep on. It was concrete, so it was just way too hard trying to sleep on. I tried though! lol

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  6. This looks like such a cool spot to visit! I love all the lights at night. But I 100% feel you on how exhausting vacations can be when you don’t have any alone time to recharge. I’m introverted in that way and I NEED some space in order to stay sane. Luckily, Ben wants to explore alllllll the time so he’ll go off on his own and I can chill out solo. But having to room with someone who’s snoring… that’s so rough! Glad you were able to experience this but then get home and recharge now!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

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    1. That sounds like it works out great for you! If I could afford it, I would get a room by myself so I can have that alone time. However, it’s always so much more affordable to just split the cost with someone.

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  7. I don’t think I’ve explored a lot of places in Maryland, so I was surprised to see that such a place existed! The ocean looks stunning and I think I’d love to swim there the whole day ❀ Thanks for sharing!

    I understand how you can feel so exhausted despite all the fun, though. Like you, I am also highly introverted and being around so many people 24/7 can be pretty draining! I hope you were able to recharge after you got back home though πŸ™‚

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  8. Hurray for meeting another Scorpio lol. And good for you to take a small vacation/trip. The ocean is indeed super beautiful I wish I could go there but over here the water if FREEZING even in the height of summer. πŸ˜‘
    Sucks about your aunt snoring loudly that you lacked sleep but so great that you got to meet up with another blogger. 😁 I still haven’t had real crab I don’t think, it is super expensive but someday I’ll finally have it lol.

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