maura’s birthday at assateague

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Happy birthday, Maura! We had so much fun spending the day with you. 

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It was Maura's birthday weekend, and she wanted to get away and do something fun, sans responsibilities. So Brian and I coordinated a day trip to the beach. The weather was perfect: mid-80s, low breeze coming off the bay, mild waves, scattered cloud cover. We couldn't have asked for better. Brian and I met Maura in Annapolis and then carpooled over to Assateague Island. We set up camp on a remote stretch of sand and proceeded to do… pretty much nothing! Lounging in chairs or strolling the beach was the name of the game. The beach is a great place to recharge, and that is exactly what we did. We waded into the shallow water, but it was a little too cold to commit. Sure was pretty, though!

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We were just sitting down by the water minding our own business when — horses sauntered by! Wild Assateague horses! It was really, really fun. Of all the times Brian and I have been to the island, this was by far the closest we'd ever see them. A fitting birthday tribute to Maura on her first trip to Assateague. :)

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I gave Sasha an extra hug that afternoon because she scared me earlier. When the horses took us by surprise, Sasha was further away than the horses. She trotted right up to sniff the nearest one, and it kicked back at her. Thankfully the horse didn't seem truly scared by Sasha (mostly just annoyed) so it didn't put a lot of accuracy or force into the kick. Brian said that the whole beach probably heard me yelling at Sasha, but it worked! She did run over to me. :) I learned my lesson about keeping her close by.

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After we packed up the FJ, it was dinnertime. We stopped at an authentic seafood restaurant for dinner. Maura and I both got the Maryland crab cakes, which are reportedly handmade every day by 89-year-old "Nan" aka "Mom". I would believe it. Those sandwiches were incredible. Great post-beach fare.

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