This year is the fifth anniversary of this blog. For the first year I was unsure about how many photos I could actually upload because of the free WordPress.com blogging account has a space limit. So I kept photo uploads limited to just my arts and crafts along with any photographs that I actually exhibited in a show. Over time I learned such things as graphic optimization so I was able to upload more photos that way than I thought I could. So for the rest of the year I’m going to devote Throwback Thursday to photos from previous blog entries (along with links to the original posts) that I should’ve uploaded five years earlier but I didn’t.

In late June 2010 my then-husband and I went to our annual trip to Ocean City, Maryland. We usually went with his sister and any other friend and/or relative who wanted to tag along. (We originally started with the two of us, his sister, her teenaged son, and one of his friends. Once the son grew up and joined the U.S. Navy, one of my sister-in-law’s friends would join us. Although there was one year or two when it was just the three of us.) That year I thought it would just be the two of us because his sister’s son was preparing to get married just two or three weeks later and his mother was busy with helping out with the long-distance wedding preparations. (She lived in Pennsylvania while the wedding was taking place in Connecticut, where her son was stationed.) I was surprised when I learned that she was going to take a break from the wedding preparations to go down to the beach with us. In fact, I would later hear her brag to other relatives about how she managed to make time to go to Ocean City with us despite her son’s wedding taking place so soon afterwards.

It turned out that I wrote just two blog posts on that trip. One was on June 28, 2010. Here are the photos I took on June 28-29.

Some of what one can ride on one of the carousels instead of horses on the Boardwalk.

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Some paintings.

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The Boardwalk after sunset.

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A local sand sculptor who, for many seasons, have done sand sculptures based on the life of Jesus and various scenes from the Bible.

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The other post I wrote about that trip was on June 30, 2010. Here are the rest of the photos I took between June 30-July 2.

The Boardwalk in daytime.

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Some surfers trying to catch the perfect wave.

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Ocean City Firefighters 9/11 Memorial.

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Wall paintings based on old photographs and postcards of Ocean City circa 1890-1920.

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An unusual store clerk. LOL! (The dog belonged to the owner of the jewelry shop.)

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A young couple rests on the Boardwalk benches with their latest oversized winnings from the various midway games.

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A coin-operated kiddie dolphin ride.

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The Fenwick Island Lighthouse located just over the border from Ocean City into Fenwick Island, Delaware.

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A stone marker marks the state border between Maryland and Delaware.

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For the last three or four of my annual trips to Ocean City (before my divorce), my husband, sister-in-law, and I would go to the Angler Restaurant for dinner at a certain time because that time had this bargain: You get a free half-hour boat trip when you eat dinner there. So we would arrive in time to eat dinner then we would board a boat where I would take some really cool sunset photos.

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Just a few hours before we had to check out of our condo on July 2, I went down to the beach for a last early morning walk along the shoreline.

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Early morning seashell hunting is a really big thing in Ocean City.

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It was also during this trip that I saw street performers on the Boardwalk who portrayed living statues. I shot this short video so you’ll know exactly what I mean. (I have to admit that they were a hoot!)

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