The White Marlin Open Tournament draws crowds.

White Marlin Open: Highest Bar Tab

The White Marlin Open on 14 St. in Ocean City Maryland

Spectators flock to the White Marlin Open in Ocean City, Md.

I had sidestepped through throngs of spectators to attend the White Marlin Open, in Ocean City, Maryland, labeled the “World’s Largest and Richest Billfish Tournament.” As I stood on the pier breathing pungent bay air, I was hoping to spot the qualifying White Marlin, Blue Marlin, Tuna, Dolphin, Wahoo, or Shark that could win big bucks.

A White Marlin Open boat

A fishing boat enters Harbour Island in Ocean City, Md. with their catch.

The boats churned in the harbor after a day of fishing, and I watched for flags flying from the outrigger that indicated the crew had boarded a fish. Boats that had caught fish docked and handed their catch over to the White Marlin staff that measured it and attached a rope below the tail fin and used a pulley to hoist the fish up in the air to weigh it.  The spokesman announced the length and weight, and if it was a contender.

Spectators watch the arriving boats in the White Marlin Open.

A boat entered in the White Marlin Open motors in the harbor.

By the end of this year’s tournament, the White Marlin Open had paid out over $4.7 million with over $3.3 million won by the three boats that hooked the qualifying White Marlins. The tournament drew visitors that supported the local businesses, and one of the bars ran an unusual contest that capitalized on the event.

Sunset Grille hosted the Teasers Cup. Participants, often White Marlin Open winners, competed in running up the highest bar tab, and they invited other customers to join in and drink on their tab. They bought champagne to drink and spray. Partiers shook champagne bottles, popped corks, and showered anyone close by.

During the week of the White Marlin Open, the boat, Goin’ In Deep, ran up a $20,550.05 bar tab and some say that they added a $6,200 tip. They drank champagne, that retailed for thousands, and liquor, beer, and wine. This crew had won the Teasers Cup five years in a row. Ironically, they were not among the 2017 White Marlin Open winners, but they ensured that the owners of Sunset Grille were.

 

 

 

Governors Island Ferry Dock

Governors Island, New York

 Governors Island 2017 

Governors Island is open and hosts events from May 1 to October 31.

What to do on Governors Island

While many take the ferry to Governors Island–ten minutes from Manhattan and two dollars round trip fare–for music festivals, performances, art exhibits, historic building tours and more, we escaped mass moving Manhattan on a cloudy weekday to see something different, at our own pace.

Manhattan Skyline

Lower Manhattan rises across the harbor from Governors Island, New York.

The Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island

The Statue of Liberty stands proudly on Liberty Island.

Staten Island Ferry from Governors Island

The Staten Island Ferry cruises New York Harbor.

We rode bikes without dodging people or vehicles. We drifted through paths lined with perennial gardens where golden rudbeckias, pink cone flowers, and mixed grasses swayed. We saw Manhattan’s skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and the Staten Island Ferry from a unique perspective. We spied star-shaped Fort Jay and toured Castle Williams, a circular fort that imprisoned Confederate soldiers. We passed food trucks, Island Oyster restaurant and bar, hammocks, a compost learning center, a teaching garden, and an unusual junkyard adventure playground.

The Freedom Freedom Tower at One World Trade Center rises in the background.

We rode Citi Bikes on Governors Island, New York.

Castle Williams was a prison for confederate soldiers.

Castle Williams is the “best preserved circular fortification in the nation.” https://govisland.com/activities/castle-williams

Adventure Playground NYC

Children create with scrap materials

Governors Island junkyard playground sparks children’s creativity.

The junkyard playground allows children six to twelve years old to build and experiment with scrap materials using hammers, nails, and saws, while supervisors watch and parents are kept at bay. Boards, sheets, blankets, rubber tires, metal sheets, orange construction cones, wheels, and large plastic duct tubes–large enough to crawl through–are examples of junk that litters the playground. Though the facility was closed when we visited, it is open on Saturdays and Sundays until September 25, and children can attend weekly camps.

Adventure Playground on Governors Island, NY

Children experiment with scrap materials creating a structure.

Adventure Playground

Children can attend weekly summer camps in the junkyard playground.

Junkyard Playground

Supervisors keep parents away while children build with junk.

 

Though we didn’t attend any scheduled events or mix with crowds, we unwound, exercised, and learned. Though I love Manhattan, Governors Island was a nice diversion.

Governors Island Ferry Schedule

 

 

 

 

 

The Freedom Freedom Tower at One World Trade Center rises in the background.

Warning: ​Citi Bike Overage Fees

Citi Bike App

These are the facts, and you be the judge. My daughter, J, and I rented Citi Bikes in New York on Governors Island, a ten-minute ferry ride from Manhattan. I downloaded the Citi Bike app on my iPhone and paid twelve dollars for the day pass which is good for 24 hours. I received a code to unlock the bike.

We explored the island and returned the bikes. J docked her bike. She snapped it in the rack, and the light blinked green indicating that she locked it properly. She helped me dock mine. It clicked in, and we both saw the green light flash.

Citi Bike Customer Service

We boarded the ferry and headed back to Manhattan. At 5:20, after the last ferry had left from Manhattan to Governors Island for the day, I received an email from Citi Bike that read that my bike hadn’t been seen for three hours. I called the number, and the agent stated that they knew that the bike was at the docking station and that I had tried to secure it but it wasn’t done properly. He also said that they were charging me additional fees until it was latched. I had the option to jump in a cab and take the ferry to Governors Island that had stopped running for the day or swim over and re-dock the bike.

I said, “I already regret that I rented the bike, I’m not taking a ferry back, and I have a train tomorrow morning. What do you want me to do?”

He said that my best bet was that someone would rent the bike tomorrow, and the charges would stop.

I sent an email to customer service about my bad experience with Citi Bike, and I wrote that I felt that we had fastened the bike correctly and I didn’t understand why I had to pay more. I also wrote that I am a blogger and I had planned to write a good review.

Citi Bike Cost

I received an email the next day that congratulated me for docking the bike correctly and that they would remove the $100 penalty. A Citi Bike agent explained that it is not a bike rental but a bike share.

Citi Bike Usage Fees for a Day Pass or 3-Day Pass

According to Citi Bike, “The first 30 minutes of each ride are included in the pass price. If you keep a bike out for longer than 30 minutes at a time, it’s an extra $4 for each additional 15 minutes.

To avoid additional usage fees, keep your rides to 30 minutes each. Take as many rides as you want while your pass is active!”

In other words, you have to dock the bike for two minutes for each 30 minute-ride to avoid a $4 fee.

Citi Bike Annual Membership

An annual membership is $14.95 per month or $163 per year. The first 45 minutes are included, but you are charged an additional $2.50 for each 15 additional minutes unless you dock the bike between rides.

Citi Bike Complaints

A Citi Bike agent admitted that they have received complaints about these fees. However, they have your credit card on file and can deduct the penalties.

I wonder how many customers Citi Bike has hammered with overcharges. Do you think that the average person would know that the bike is subject to these fines? What are your thoughts?

 

Fourth of July Fireworks 2017 and Activities

Whether you are at home or at the Maryland/Delaware beaches, information for 2017 Fourth of July fireworks and activities follow.

Delmarva and  Maryland  Fourth of July 2017 Fireworks 

Maryland

The Ultimate List Of 4th Of July Fireworks Displays In Maryland

Delmarva

http://www.wmdt.com/content/2017-delmarva-fireworks-list/567183971

 Maryland and Delmarva Fourth of July Activities

Maryland

http://www.visitmaryland.org/article/4th-of-july-celebrations

Delmarva

http://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/local/2017/06/30/4-fun-things-fourth-july-delaware-and-maryland/404879001/

Enjoy your Fourth of July celebration.

A Leonberger puppy flying in a Southwest cabin.

Puppy Escapes in Airplane

When I learned about the Leonberger dogs’ loyalty to their owners and fondness for children, I convinced my husband that– it was not a bean-brained-paid boondoggle– it was worth flying to purchase a Leonberger puppy because none were available near us when our Labrador retriever passed. Anyway, we had sufficient airline points to pay for our flights.

I joined the Leonberger Club of America and found a breeder in Seattle, Washington, who had mated her female. Prospective buyers were often selected when the vet confirmed the bitch’s pregnancy. I submitted an application, and the breeder approved it, convinced that I would train the dog and not return him when he weighed 140 pounds.

The puppies were born, and the breeder picked mine based on temperament, knowing that I had two young children. Though some in the dog business ship puppies in cargo, I felt that it was cruel.

My daughter, who was nine, and I flew to Seattle to pick up our new family member the weekend that he turned eight weeks old; a pet can fly on a plane if it can fit in a pet bag under the seat in front of yours.

No one had told me how to fly with a dog. While I anticipated the adventure, “what if scenarios” revolved through my mind like a spinning top. I learned that traveling with a pet causes perspiration. Though we had flown out to Seattle with the Sherpa bag under the seat, I wondered what would happen if Fido was too tall or bulky to fit. Would they confiscate him and send him to cargo?

When we picked up our puppy from the breeder in our rental car, my daughter held him on her lap and spoke softly as she ran her hands through his coat. Separation anxiety caused him to yelp and yap during the forty-five-minute drive to the airport.

Though I paid his air fare, I worried that passengers might suffer from dog allergies or complain to the airline personnel about traveling with a pet in the cabin.

After passing through airport security, we took Fido to the restroom and filled his water bowl. He wouldn’t drink, and we headed to the gate that was two gates past our boarding zone, hoping to hide him. We placed his carrier on the floor, and high-pitched screeches erupted from within. I unzipped the top so that Fido could stick his head out. We slipped him ice cubes and puppy kibble from between our fingers; his teeth pricked our hands like tiny thorns. We hoped that food would distract him, and the breeder’s soft blanket, scented by his littermates, would soothe him.

Eight-week-old Leonberger puppy is on his way to his new home.

Leonberger puppy rests in a Sherpa Pet Carrier.

He was asleep when they called our flight, and I had slung the bag over my shoulder and placed my hand over the black mesh end to prevent anyone from seeing the contraband. Only the airline staff knew I lugged invaluable loot. We boarded, and I slid the sack under the seat in front of us. When the plane departed, I took a deep breath and exhaled. I celebrated with a glass of wine.

The aroma of chicken and beef drifted through the cabin and Fido stirred.  When the stewardess served our dinner, my daughter had taken her retainer out of her mouth and rolled it in a napkin placing it near her plate, After eating, the flight attendant removed the tray, and five minutes later, my daughter noticed that her retainer was missing. We jumped out of our seats and hurried forward to alert the attendant, who pawed through the trash with plastic-gloved hands and found it.

When we returned, I checked the pet bag and noticed that the zipper was open; Fido had crawled out of his prison. I heard the lady behind me say, ” Where did you come from cutie?” I knew where the fugitive had fled.

I rose and edged sideways out in the aisle, and I turned around and grinned at the woman behind us who had an escapee sprawled across her Nikes gnawing her shoestrings.  She picked up the dog, petted him and handed him over. I apologized and returned to my seat. When I placed the absconder back in his bag, his soprano shrieks pierced the cabin. Sweat beaded my hairline. I wasn’t allowed to remove Fido, so I brushed my foot against the side of the canvas and hoped that I could calm the criminal.

The grey-bearded man who sat next to me crossed his arms over his potbelly and said, “I had no idea that you had a dog in there, what kind is it?”

I flashed a smile and said, ” He’s a Leonberger puppy.”

“Hamburger? Hamburger puppy? I eat those especially if they are noisy when I am trying to rest.”

I twirled my hair around my index finger and placed it behind my ear and said, “Sorry.”

The man leaned back and closed his eyes. A few rows behind, a baby screamed. I watched the hamburger-eating man open one eye and furrow his brow.

Though I had regretted disturbing everyone around us, I learned a valuable lesson on that flight: We had traveled six thousand miles in two days to discover that Fido didn’t fit. We changed his name to Harry as in Harry Houdini.

Though it sounds bazaar to fly cross-country to purchase a dog, I wouldn’t trade the two days that I had spent with my daughter exploring Seattle, or our decision to adopt Harry. He was great with children and became one of the best dogs that we have ever had.

Leonberger Puppy with child

Our Leonberger puppy and our children grew up together.

 

 

 

 

 

Giant dog sits in a SUV waiting for a command.

Tips and Tricks for Traveling with a Dog

Travel pet bowls are a a necessity for your pet's comfort.

Traveling With Pets 

Puppy in the car for the first time

Take your puppy on short trips as soon as possible, and he will learn to love it. If your young dog has never ridden in the car, it’s not too late. Take him or her for rides with family members or friends. Ask them to offer treats and pet the dog ensuring that he has a good experience.

Dog Travel Gear

If your dog uses a crate, put it in the car and place familiar toys in it. His favorite toys offer more security in a strange environment than new ones.

Take a water bottle and treats.You may need to put some treats in the crate or car to encourage the dog to jump in.

Buy a blanket with Velcro edges to protect your car and ease the dog. This blanket protects the sides and bottom of an SUV. You can purchase seat covers too.

Use Common Sense and Don’t Leave Pets in Hot Cars 

Walk and water the dog before entering the car.

Blast the air conditioner ten minutes or so before you and your pet get in. If you have air-conditioning in the second and third rows, turn that on too.

If you are traveling alone, opt for drive-through restaurants. If you need a restroom, park in the shade, open the windows enough for air and safety. Don’t dawdle.

Never leave your dog in a hot car, even if it’s 70 degrees and you cracked the windows. Researchers at Stanford University School of  Medicine had discovered that a car’s temperature can rise 40 degrees quickly and become lethal.

Dog Obedience

For safety reasons teach basic commands like down, sit, stay, and come. If the dog stands while you are driving, he should respond to “down.” The dog should know “stay,” because when you open the car door or lift the hatch, the dog shouldn’t jump out until you hook the leash on his collar and he hears a command, like “ok.” If he jumps out before you attach the leash, and he doesn’t respond to “come,” offer him treats to get his attention. Learning these commands could save your dog’s life.

Warning: Dangerous Prong Collars, Slip Collars or Choke Collars

I never put my dog in the car or leave him alone wearing a prong collar or a choke collar, also called a slip collar. I only use them to control him during walks.

As a puppy, his slip-collar Loop became lodged between two deck boards. I heard whimpering and saw him jerk his head up and down trying to escape as the metal choke collar tightened, strangling him like a noose. I pried the collar over his head while my husband raced for the wire cutters. Consequently, I will never leave him unattended wearing one of those collars. He wears a buckle collar at home and in the car. When driving with him, I keep the prong collar in the front seat.

I hope these tips help ensure a happy and safe trip with your pet.

Traffic Congestion Driving to the Maryland/Delaware Beaches

On Route 404 west of Denton, Maryland, road construction is causing workers to direct traffic one way while  cars driving in the opposite direction wait. Traveling eastbound, I waited a few minutes, however as traffic increases I suspect that will change. At 11:30 a.m., travelers heading westbound were backed up about two miles.  I would try to avoid this area or check with the state police for traffic conditions.

Commercial Citrus Juicer

Orange and Grapefruit Crushes

 Father’s Day Gift Idea

My husband received a commercial style juicer as a gift a few years ago. It’s one of our favorite kitchen items and would make a unique Father’s Day gift. We use it to squeeze fresh oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes. You can juice a citrus fruit in seconds, and it’s easy to clean with two removable parts that are dishwasher safe.

During our summer parties, we often serve orange and grapefruit crushes because the sweet tang tastes refreshing.  Below are the recipes that I follow.

Orange Crush Recipe

1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, I prefer Valencia juice oranges, but I use what is available.

1-2 ounces of Smirnoff Orange or Grey Goose l’Orange vodka

1 splash Triple Sec

1 splash soda water

Serve over ice.

Grapefruit Crush

1 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

1-2 ounces Smirnoff Ruby Red Grapefruit vodka

1 splash Triple Sec

1 splash soda water

Serve over ice.

The commercial citrus juicer is a gift for the woman or man who has everything and enjoys entertaining.

Snorkeling in the British Virgin Islands

How the Ocean Benefits Your Health

View from Serenity Restaurant in Anguilla, BWI

You can dine at Serenity Restaurant in Anguilla, BWI and breathe the salt air. (Photo by dorothyadele)

Health Benefits of Ocean Air 

According to studies by the Lung Institute, breathing salt air can improve lung function lessening the need for antibiotics. It thins mucus, eases sinus pressure, reduces coughing, and the risk of asthma attacks.

The sea air’s “negatively charged hydrogen ions” promote oxygen absorption improving mood, energy, creativity, and sleep.

 Health Benefits of Ocean Saltwater

Floating in the ocean increases blood flow throughout our body and drives oxygen to the brain making us attentive and energized.

The sea’s magnesium moisturizes our skin, and the antibacterial properties improve ailments such as eczema and psoriasis. According to sources, the ocean boosts our immunity and helps us sleep.

Swimming in cold water releases hormones that elevate our spirit and energy levels and reduce inflammation. In addition to burning calories, a regular cold water dip can release dopamine and upgrade our physical condition.

Saint Barthelemy is in the Lesser Antilles

Shades of blue can calm us. (Photo by dorothyadele)

Warm sea water opens our pores enabling us to detoxify and absorb the ocean’s elements. In places where we see the ocean in shades of blue, it calms some but energizes others.

A boy catches a football in the Caribbean in Torotola, BVI.

Vacation is a great time to relax and exercise. (Photo by dorothyadele)

Increased Physical Activity

Seaside living is conducive to activities like tennis, golfing, running, biking, swimming, surfing, exploring, and walking. Exercise strengthens our bodies and reduces health risks like obesity, some cancers, heart disease, diabetes, and depression, helping us live longer.

Sunlight

Our bodies produce vitamin D from the sun’s UVB rays.  Its anti-inflammatory properties may prevent cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, and elevate our disposition. By spending ten to thirty minutes in the sun per day, we can improve our wellbeing. Daily exposure enables the body to store up to 60 days of the vitamin that we lack during northern winters. Darker or sunscreen-coated skin may need longer exposure to realize the rewards.

Seaside Dining 

If you are visiting a seaside resort, you should have your choice of high-protein-low-fat-fresh seafood along with fresh fruits and vegetables for healthy dining.

Conclusion

Years ago, an acquaintance said that he had moved seaside because it was his wife’s “power zone.” They knew that inhaling the oxygen-rich-salt air and wading in the lilting waves was a distraction from worries and elevated their wellness and demeanor.

Home

To enjoy some of the perks at home, rub  Epsom salts on your skin to Polish or exfoliate, then add about two cups to a hot bath and soak for 20 minutes to detoxify and enjoy the advantages of magnesium.

 

Fenwick Island is family oriented.

Fenwick Island Tips and Tricks

The Town of Fenwick Island, Delaware

There are two Fenwick Islands, incorporated and unincorporated. The Town of Fenwick Island that stretches from Atlantic to Lewes streets on the ocean side, and Delaware to James streets on the bay side was incorporated in 1953. Incorporated Fenwick has its own government that restricts zoning for a uniform appearance. The rest of Fenwick is unincorporated and follows Sussex county rules.

Fenwick Island, Delaware

Fenwick Island’s homes are zoned for uniform height. (Photo by dorothyadele)

Incorporated Fenwick Island Tips and Tricks

  • You can walk or bike to restaurants like Nantuckets, Just Hooked, Our Harvest, or Dairy Queen, or shops like The Country Store. You may not need your car for days.
  • The Town of Fenwick Island is committed to maintaining their reputation as a quiet resort where police are visible and vigilant. Therefore, it’s a good idea to follow the rules and obey the speed limit.
  • The authorities enforce parking restrictions from May 15 to September 15, and the police station sells daily to seasonal parking passes.

Fenwick Island Beach

  • Except for storm beach erosion, there is no need to stake your space on the beach at 7 a.m. Though Fenwick Island is busiest around the Fourth of July, crowds begin to dissipate in July and August as fall sports’ practices begin and students leave for school.
  • Lifeguards protect Fenwick Island’s one-mile beach, and they have access to two beach wheelchairs.
  • Mobi-mats cover dune walkways allowing easy navigation or use of beach wheelchairs.

Fenwick Island is Family Oriented

  • Smoking is prohibited on the beach and in the parks.
  • The town caters to families providing playgrounds, shuffleboard, half-court basketball, volleyball, and benches in a garden setting.

Fenwick Island Upcoming Events

  • On 7/8/17, on the beach at Dagsboro Street, all are welcome to attend the town bonfire that includes music, games, a silent auction, t-shirts and more.
  • At dusk on the Bayard Street beach, the town will feature the following Fenwick Flicks: Moana on July 11, Zootopia on July 25, and Finding Dory on August 8.

For more fun, check out the  Fenwick Boardwalk, and enjoy your summer.

The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida

The Breakers Palm Beach

A List of Interesting Facts About The Breakers, Palm Beach 

Henry Morrison Flagler opened The Breakers in 1896, and his heirs still own and run the hotel.

The Breakers Had Burned Down Twice

The Breakers, formerly the Palm Beach Inn until 1901, burned down in 1903 and 1925. The first fire ignited during renovations to expand the building, and the second fire originated in a room where a curling iron was supposedly left on by the Chicago Mayor’s wife.

The architects of the Waldorf Astoria in New York also designed The Breakers that opened in 1926, that we know today.  They based their plan on  Villa Medici in Rome.

The Breakers Palm Beach Lobby

Crystal chandeliers hang in The Breakers lobby that is 200 feet long. (Photo by dorothyadele)

The Breakers Palm Beach Lobby Ceiling

Seventy-five Italian artists painted The Breakers vaulted ceiling. (Photo by dorothyadele)

Famous Guests

In the early 1900’s, guests included the Rockefeller’s, J. P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and the Vanderbilts to name a few. Today, presidents, nobility, businessmen, politicians, and movie stars still visit the world-renowned hotel.

While dining or sipping cocktails at the oceanfront Seafood Bar, unsuspecting patrons may flinch when they get the Impression of something sliding under their plate or wiggling beneath their drink. The bar is a saltwater aquarium that contains marine life including fish, eels, sponges, coral and more.

Seafood Bar at The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida is an aquarium.

The bar at The Breaker’s Seafood Bar teems with life. (Photo by dorothyadele)

Seafood Bar, The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

An eel forms a heart in the aquarium in Seafood Bar in The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by dorothyadele)

The Seafood Bar in The Breakers Palm Beach

Customers sometimes jump when something moves in the bar in Seafood Bar restaurant in The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by dorothyadele)

The Breakers is detail oriented:

    •  In the Palm Courtyard, orchids are attached to the trunks of palm trees and appear to grow from the bark.
    • Palm Courtyard at The Breakers

      Colorful cushions and flowers brighten the Palm Courtyard in The Breakers Palm Beach. (Photo by dorothyadele)

      Palm Courtyard at The Breakers

      The Palm Courtyard in The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida, is a perfect place to read a book. (Photo by dorothyadele)

  • Crystal chandeliers hang in the lobby as well as the hallways.
  • The receptionists and concierge wear Lilly Pulitzer making a tropical Impression.
  • Fresh flowers adorn the hotel rooms.
  • Flowers grow and bloom on The Breakers’ seawall.
  • The Breakers Palm Beach Seawall

    The seawall lines the walkway at The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by dorothyadele)

More Interesting Facts

In 2009, a trapper stole Amazon parrot chicks from The Breakers resort. When he failed to sell them to a pet store, he abandoned the unharmed chicks at the store, and the owner called the authorities.

Pine Walk at The Breakers Pam Beach, Florida

Amazon parrots thrive in the trees along Pine Walk at The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by dorothyadele)

The  Egyptian Goose is a combination of duck and goose. Many of them live on the Breakers’ property.

Egyptian Goose at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

The Egyptian Goose is native to Africa. (Photo by dorothyadele)

The Breakers accommodates children with a family pool, camps, and a Family Entertainment Center. Also, the staff keeps a supply of stuffed animals at the lobby entrance.

The game room at the Family Entertainment Center in The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida

The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida has a game room in the Family Entertainment Center. (Photo by dorothyadele)

Hotel activities including visiting the spa, tennis, golf, nature walks, biking, fitness, water sports, shopping, dining and more. Visit their website for the latest offers.

Black-Eyed Susan Day

Photo by:  grassrootsgroundswell     Creative Commons

Black-Eyed Susan Day celebrates Maryland’s state flower and falls on the day before Preakness. Though less crowded, less dressy, and more relaxed than Preakness, the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes is the second most popular race run at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland.

Three-year-old fillies run 1 1/8 miles contending for the filly Triple Crown. Abel Tasman won the 2017 first jewel in the Kentucky Oaks Stakes at Churchill Downs. The Black-Eyed Susan Stakes is the 11th race today, and Belmont Park hosts the final race, the Acorn Stakes.

The famous Pimlico Black-Eyed Susan drink recipe follows:

1 part Makers Mark Bourbon

1 part DeKuyper Peachtree

1 part Effen Vodka

2 parts Orange Juice

2 parts Sour Mix

Shake with ice and strain in a Preakness glass over fresh crushed ice. Garnish with an orange and cherry.

If you aren’t fighting the Preakness crowds, you can watch the race at home and enjoy a Black-Eyed Susan.

 

Normandy American Cemetery

Normandy and World War II

Normandy, France

The allied forces landed at Utah Beach in Normandy, France. (photo by dorothyadele)

Those killed during the invasion of Normandy and subsequent battles rest at Normandy American Cemetery in France. Ten formerly temporary graveyards formed this burial ground. The chartreuse grass is weedless and meticulous. The soldiers are painstakingly buried directly below their markers that face west toward the United States. Their white marble headstones total 9,387: 9,238 Latin crosses and 149 Stars of David. The headstones do not have birth dates, just death dates making them timeless. The cemetery stretches 172.5 acres overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel where casualties totaled about 2,400 US troops.

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

Latin crosses and the Star of David markers are aligned exactly in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. (photo by dorothyadele)

Normandy, France

Many allied soldiers died before landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. (photo by dorothyadele)

The allied forces began their D-Day Normandy invasion by air and sea on June 6, 1944, and their success marked the beginning of the war’s end. They used deceptive radio intelligence to steer the Germans away from Normandy to Calais, that was farther north. Under Gen. George Patton’s guidance, film studios constructed fake barracks and tents, landing crafts, imitation tanks and trucks, and placed them in Dover, that was across The Channel from Calais. The attack location was believable because Calais and Dover were on opposite banks of the narrowest part of the waterway. To further confuse the Germans, the Allies dropped simulated airborne dummies with artillery recordings and bombs attached to them in locations far from Normandy.

On D-Day, poor weather conditions and high seas caught the Germans off guard. They assumed that the Allies would wait for improved conditions before invading. Some German officers believed that the Normandy invasion was a ruse to distract them from Calais, and ignored it. Others continued their parties with the locals. Also, German Field Marshall Rommel was away with his wife.

Strong tides caused allied ships to drift from their targeted landing position. When troops arrived on the beach in heavy wet clothes and laden with ammunition and supplies, they faced German artillery and weaponry, some fired from bunkers. The Allies navigated metal beach obstructions, ditches, hedgerows, mines and scaled high precipices. If they saw livestock grazing in open fields, soldiers knew that the area was free of explosives.

Pointe du Hoc Beach in Normandy

Allied soldiers scaled the precipice at Pointe du Hoc, Normandy, France. (photo by dorothyadele)

Bunkers at Pointe du Hoc, Normandy

Allies faced German bunkers at Pointe du Hoc, Normandy, France. (Photo by Arwin Meijer) http://www.panoramio.com/photo/8674055https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

Before dropping the paratroopers, pilots faced thick clouds, and many airborne missed their targets finding themselves navigating the terrain alone. The soldiers, loaded with ammunition and supplies, sprained muscles or broke their bones on impact. Others were shot down by Germans, drowned, perished in fire from bombs, or trees and poles caught their chutes. Paratrooper John Steele is remembered today for landing on the steeple at Sainte Mere Eglise church. The Germans captured him, and he escaped. This chart lists the fatalities, casualties and missing for the US Airborne in the Cotentin Peninsula.

Sainte Mere Eglise, Normandy was the first town liberated by the Allies.

Paratrooper John Steele’s chute was caught on the steeple on Sainte Mere Eglise church during the Normandy landing. (photo by dorothyadele)

Pointe du Hoc in Normandy, France

Tourists can still see bomb craters at Pointe du Hoc in Normandy, France.  (photo by dorothyadele)

On D-Day, the Allies landed 160,000 troops including 73,000 Americans. The Allies endured 10,000 casualties. During the entire campaign, from June 6, 1944, to August 21, 1944, the two million allied troops in Northern France sustained more than 226,386 casualties: 72,911 were missing or killed, and 153,475 wounded. The German’s suffered 240,000 injuries and deaths, and 200,000 were apprehended.

Omaha Beach, Normandy France

The Germans targeted the allied soldiers as they approached Omaha Beach in Normandy, France.

In the Normandy cemetery, the Walls of the Missing list 1,557 names. Among those are 750 Americans killed on 12/24/44, when a German submarine torpedoed the S.S. Leopoldville killing both Americans and British.

Interred in the cemetery, officers and the enlisted lie next to one another with no exception for rank. Thirty-three of 45 sets of brothers, and a father and son lay side by side. Others interred include three Medal of Honor recipients, 307 unknown soldiers, Preston and Robert Niland who inspired Saving Private Ryan, and two sons of President Theodore Roosevelt.

All who suffered and died for our freedom were exceptional. Please honor our fallen soldiers by respecting our American flag.

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