Summer Trip to the States

St. Mary’s
Southern Maryland

In August, we left the island in the midst of a wave of heat and tourism to escape to the home country for an extended visit. Courtesy of the Navy, we are given one trip a year back home via the “rotator flight” – essentially, a Navy contracted commercial airliner but with a lot more legroom, free movies and meals (?). But the best part is that it stops along the way to refuel and give everyone the pleasure of stretching the old legs and getting some fresh air. It does extend the trip but, we discovered, well worth it.

After landing in Norfolk, VA, we rented a car and headed up to St. Mary’s on the southern tip of Maryland to our favorite private refuge on the East coast – “Larryland” – where Dan and Larry have a spacious, gorgeous cottage on the shore.

We enjoyed our time catching up with Richard’s kids who joined us from Colorado – Chad, Camille and Colette

Chad and Richard. (Love the custom “Larryland” t-shirts!)

We weren’t the only visitors enjoying the poolside.

Kayaking on the river and exploring its byways was really peaceful.

We were treated to a sailboat excursion by a personal friend of Larry’s on his sailboat out on the Chesapeake. Thank you, Alan!

Captain Dan at the helm!

We always enjoy our visits to Larryland for so many reasons, the first being family time together in a peaceful setting. But add to that the phenomenal gourmet meals prepared by Larry, the crabcakes, the wine, the beautiful and comfortable home, the pool, the river, the crabcakes, the boating, the Carnival, the sunrises, the Amish market outings, the quiet, the crabcakes and you’ve got yourself a five star vacation. (Did I mention the crabcakes?)

“Efharisto poli,” many thanks, Dan and Larry! Looking forward to returning your hospitality when you visit us here on Crete in the Spring!

After a wonderful nine days on the east coast, Richard and I parted ways – He set off for Crete and back to work while I went the opposite direction to Colorado to visit my family. Evergreen’s beauty was so different from the beauty of the Greek island. Sometimes you have to go away from home to appreciate what you had.

Evergreen, Colorado

This looks like a bronze statue of an elk but in fact, it’s the real deal. A seven-pointer was herding his harem right next to the highway. That’s one BIG animal!

I had two weeks of enjoying so many great friends and precious family! Brandon and I spent a day in Denver catching up and enjoying each other’s company.

Holly, John, Elaine and Nicole joined us for Oma’s birthday celebration.

Girls day out lunch at Saigon Landing was part of the celebration.

I have so many great memories of my visit to Colorado; Walking around Wash park with Gail, leading worship at Rockland and seeing all my wonderful friends there, girls coffee with Cathy, Debbie, and Gil at Caffe di Lucca, all day shopping/gabbing/eating out with Holly, enjoying a pedicure and art show with Elaine and Oma, dinner by the lake with Gil, coffee with Kristi, RCC girls lunch out, amazing party with the winer’s group at the Eatons, walking around the lake in the late afternon sun with Oma. I miss you all!


As fun as it was to be back in Evergreen, I was ready to join my sweet husband back home on Crete after two weeks. But due to what can only be called a brain freeze (long story), I missed my rotator flight back to Crete from Norfolk. So there I was stuck on the East coast with the next available rotator flight not leaving until two weeks later. Arggg! After a proper and complete meltdown, I decided to make the best of it. Thankfully, my cousin Charlie (and childhood friend) came to the rescue. He lives near Norfolk, VA and so he took me in and put me up (and put up with me). Basically, his attitude was, “OK, so your flight left without you. Call your husband, tell him you’re safe with a place to crash, book another flight and let’s go have some fun!” And fun we had! We spent many quiet moments at his home in Suffolk but mostly we were on the move.

One night we boarded the ferry across the James River and headed for Colonial Williamsburg where we feasted at the Kings Arms Tavern.

Another night we opted to stay home and cook up an amazing pasta meal.

The last day we hopped on his BMW touring bike and buzzed over to Busch Gardens for some exhilirating rides on the rollar coasters. Thank you, Charlie for your hospitality and some great laughs! I thought my trip to the States was finished on Sept 8th but I’m glad it wasn’t. A few added days was a true blessing in disguise to enjoy reconnecting with a fine man.

As I look back on these photos I am reminded of our loved ones back home and I’m so thankful for all those people who impact and enrich our lives. We are so blessed to have these wonderful friends and family to return home to. God is good, all the time!


About Melanie A Crane

Quote: "The best journeys ask questions that in the beginning you never thought to ask." (Anon) Here's my journey: Enjoying my short life on this earth one moment at a time by being intentional with God, family, traveling, cooking, gardening, Colorado living and all the perks that come with it, playing guitar, listening more and talking less. I've discovered that both cooking and travel can be messy at times but the risks can have some amazing results. The same goes for life lived with passion.
This entry was posted in Travel, US and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s