Weekend Adventures: Tigers! Sailboats! Formal wear!

This weekend, Kate had a sewing retreat with her friend Ericka. When that happens, I flip out and try to pack as much adventure as I can into the daddy-daughter weekend. This is probably genetically-coded behavior. Anyhow, this weekend was a doozy!

First, we went to the Philadelphia Zoo, where I discovered that in the couple of years since we’ve been here, zoos have started using aquarium technology so that you can get INCHES AWAY FROM THE GIANT TIGER, who of course is acting all cool and collected like it doesn’t notice all the kids just a whisker away:

Philadelphia Zoo with Lydia

Sunday morning, we got up at the crack of dawn to drive down to Delaware City, so we could make the trip through the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal with Will and Stephanie, as a part of their trip from Maine to the Bahamas!


Will and Stephanie’s 37-foot Benetau cruising sailboat is SO FREAKING FANTASTIC. I’ve lived in Manhattan apartments that were smaller, and that were not cunningly integrated with propane stoves, and diesel engines, and folding tables and all sorts of awesomeness. Seriously, as you can see in this short video, I think this is the closest you can get to living on the Firefly. Except Everybody is nice like Kaylee (well, except for Euonym the cat, who is a candidate for Jayne.)

Hot Cocoa in the Cockpit!

We motored through the canal from Delaware City to Chesapeake City (you can see more photos in the photoset here), eating Stephanie’s cranberry scones and drinking hot chocolate, then took a taxi back to our car. What a GREAT day!

Back home in WC, we helped my dad finish cleaning out his house before a real-estate sale on Tuesday, and he re-discovered my grandfather’s fox-hunting evening scarlet. This is the tailcoat that I wore to my high-school graduation:

Helping my dad clean out his house before closing. Exhibits A and B

Phew, what a weekend! I’m glad Kate is home now — I’m worn out!

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