Snow for a Motorcycle Class

I’m working a motorcycle class this weekend. Saturdays for me start in the afternoon, while Sundays start earlier than the crack of dawn.

Just into the first exercise this afternoon, Tony texted me to tell me that it was hailing at our house. Well, that’s a little creepy, given that we’re all outside, but I looked at my phone and the weather was moving to the southeast (not in our direction). The weather that was heading for us looked more tame.

Not long into the second exercise (the first exercise on the bikes), the wind turned frigid and the clouds covered the sun. Then, we saw a whirling mass of white coming down the hill behind the building in the picture. At first, we all thought it was just low-lying clouds, but it dawned on us that it was something else. My first thought was pouring rain, but instead, it was snow! Not just a little snow; it poured out of the sky and skittered around on the ground. Just after it started, Dick and Sandi pulled the students off the bikes and we huddled in the trailer, watching the snow fall.

I finally got my wits together and decided that there was no way I could pass up an opportunity like this – as a matter of fact, I should have taken a picture as the snow was approaching! Anyway, this is the best shot I got, but the experience was amazing. The wind was also amazing(ly cold).

The crazy thing was, the snow lasted less than an hour (probably not even half an hour). Then, the sun came out and it was almost warm!


Lexington Park

Tony had a trip to Lexington Park, Maryland this week and asked if I wanted to go along. I love going new places and I really like that traveling with Tony on business makes it feel a little less (self-)indulgent.

We drove up Wednesday night and checked into the hotel. Thursday morning, I dropped Tony off at his meeting and drove down to Colton’s Point. I’d somehow gotten the idea that there was a lighthouse down there. I thought I’d start there and work my way back toward Lexington Park. As it turned out, the only thing down there was a museum that didn’t open until noon. Since it was only 10:30, I figured I’d head to my next stop: Piney Point Lighthouse (and Museum).

I hadn’t had a lot of time to plan this trip as we found out only a few hours before we left that it was actually going to happen. As it turned out, a little more planning would have been a good thing in this case – the lighthouse museum is only open on the weekends in the winter. Fortunately, you can still go up to the lighthouse and look at it, even when the museum is closed.

It rained most of the morning, but the clouds were just starting to clear off as I was wandering around the lighthouse grounds. This panorama kind of gives a sense of how quickly the clouds were moving out.

[You’ll have to go here to see it – WordPress won’t let me embed Dermandar panoramas.]

Eventually, I ran out of things to look at there, so I went back to Lexingon Park to get some lunch (at that point, it was about 1:30, so I only had…three and a half hours to kill! Tony pointed out that the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum was kind of small (it was right across the road from the hotel we stayed in), so I didn’t bother even trying to go there (although I should have, since I had so much time and so little to do).

Once Tony got off, we went to Solomons, Maryland (just north of Lexington Park) to CD Cafe on the recommendation of one of the guys he was working with. The food was creative, but still very good. We were both really impressed (although honestly, the desserts weren’t nearly as good as the dinners).

Unlike Washington, D.C., there are things around Lexington Park that I’m very interested in going back to see when things start opening up. I’d like to go back to Piney Point and if Tony stays through a Friday, I’ll see about talking him into staying over the weekend so we can take the water taxi to the Blackistone Lighthouse. There was also another lighthouse near where we ate dinner that I’d like to see (and anothernot far from that). And that’s just the beginning!