After spending last Friday night in Chesapeake City, we continued down the Delaware Bay and ended this part of our trip, arriving at the dock on Cedar Creek Saturday afternoon. The weather was sunny and calm and we had favorable current most of the way, making for a pleasant run on our last day of travel for a couple of weeks. Mom and Dad met us at the dock and Chloë was so excited she almost jumped off the boat before we were tied up.
Mark had to leave for Bridgeport on Tuesday for some meetings. He then flew to Miami on Wednesday to pick up the truck, which he is currently driving to Bridgeport, where he will attend more meetings next week. If all goes well, he may do a drive-by this weekend. In my opinion, not a super fun way to spend his cruising hiatus, but he sure is good at getting stuff accomplished.
As for me, I’ve been catching up on some family time and working on restocking the boat for the next part of the trip north. Chloë has made good use of her time, napping peacefully all day without a big diesel engine disrupting her rest.
Tonight is our Relay for Life event, so we’ll be spending the night celebrating another year of progress towards a world with more birthdays. It’s a fun, emotional, exhausting night and I’m going to try to take more pictures this year. I always say that. Hopefully, after I’ve had a few hours sleep this weekend, I’ll have something to share.
Last weekend, before Mark left, we celebrated being together for the first time since Christmas by dipping into our “special” and mostly new to us beer collection.
We started off Saturday afternoon with Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale, a salute to the creative flavors of Portland, OR institution, Voodoo Doughnut. I’m a sucker for the gorgeous, bright pink bottle and was intrigued by the flavor possibilities. If I had to describe the flavor in one word, it would be smoke. There were some sweet, sort of vanilla notes at the end, reminiscent of doughnuts or maple, but it was mostly overwhelmed by the flavor and aroma of smoke. Interesting, but in a been there, done that kind of way.
Sunday afternoon, we did a tasting (12 oz bottles split three ways between me, Mom and Mark) of two Dogfish Head beers, kindly donated for sampling by Pat and Mike. The first was Tweason’ale, DFH’s new gluten-free offering, brewed with strawberries, sorghum and honey. It was slightly fruity, but not sweet and lighter bodied than most of the DFH we drink, refreshing on a hot day. Next up was Saison du Buff, DFH’s collaboration with Stone and Victory, a farmhouse ale incorporating parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. I was always a little wary of that flavor combination in my beer and this is one of the few DFH brews we hadn’t bought. It exceeded all of our expectations, although we agreed that it was more well suited to food pairing, perhaps pasta, grilled chicken or pizza. Finally, as dinner approached on Sunday, we cracked open a DFH Theobroma I’ve stored since 2009, mostly because I didn’t know what to do with it. It’s brewed with chocolate, though not in the usual dessert chocolate beer style, so I was sort of at a loss about what to pair with it. Then I realized I was over thinking the whole thing (can you imagine?) and it was time to just give it a shot. Mark was making his famous bacon blue cheese buffalo burgers and what doesn’t go with that? Turns out, Theobroma is also very food friendly, especially if you don’t mind a little heat from the chiles. Overall, none of the beers we tried were our favorites or will end up in our regular rotation, but with so many styles and such diverse offerings, they can’t all be, can they? I’m just glad there are creative people out there that keep making new ones for us to try and maybe love.
I so enjoy our little weekend beer tastings (“Thank you, microbreweries, for making my alcoholism seem like a neat hobby” – Jimmy Fallon). Not only is it fun, but it’s an exercise in celebrating the ordinary moments in life as special and worth breaking out the good stuff. Cheers!