It was my first visit to the Atlantic Ocean.
It’s a long trip to visit any ocean from my Indiana home, but the Atlantic is far closer than the Pacific. And since we were most of the way to the Atlantic already on our Washington, DC, visit, we decided to spend one day at the beach.
Who knew Maryland is so wide: it took 2½ hours to drive to the beach at Ocean City! Fortunately it was an entirely pleasant drive, US 50 almost all the way.
The day was chilly and the wind barreled in off the ocean. Consequently, few people visited the beach with us. That was just fine with us.
The winds were strongest on the pier, from which I took this photo. It chilled the bones in a hurry. I didn’t stay up there for long, as I was wearing only a windbreaker over my pullover!
In Ocean City, to get to the beach, you have to cross the boardwalk.
End to end, it’s top-notch tourist-trap kitsch.
But since the season hadn’t begun, most of the stores and attractions were closed.
You could hardly get a bite to eat on the boardwalk this early-April day.
The boardwalk wasn’t devoid of people. These youngsters were having fun. The kid out front was pushing the cart backwards down the boardwalk.
We left the beach and boardwalk in search of lunch. After we ate we drove down the coast a bit to see a natural beach where we encountered some wild ponies. I’ll write more about that visit in a future post.