|Friday evening's forcast, 1/22/2016.|
It seems to be inevitable. As soon as I make plans to fly this time of year, the hard core weather moves in. This past weekend was no exception. The east coast had enjoyed above average temps thru December and into the new year. While the Midwest had been in the single digits, the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland had been in the mid fifties to sixty degrees. Even the Atlantic's temps had been in the mid to lower fifties. I coulda' still been in the water on the weekends! Now, as my fiance and I planned on going back to perform a cleansing... clearing the junk from the sheds and attic of my house, and see family, Winter Storm Jonas was bearing down like an evil clown determined to scare the kids outta the circus.
|Jonas arrives to the 'Bury, 1/22/2016|
|(Above)Nor'east winds brought the tide up to the dunes, and (below) ripped|
and battered the OC Pier. 1/22-23/2016 -Dispatch photos
|The OC under water...|
|3rd Street bayside boardwalk, 1/24/2016 -Dispatch pic|
Very productive weekend. Finished the cleansing (big help from my surf bro Tom and good friends and neighbors Richard and Sandy). Got to see my brothers for dinner and grand-daughter Adriana. Even payed homage to the power of Lady Atlantic; a surf check to get a view of the nor'easter damage on our piece of the Right Coast.
|A nor'east poundin' always takes my breath away, Inlet Jetty 1/24/2016 -Dispach|
|Managed to catch the Lady's fury around the inlet pier, 1/24/2016.|
|"Waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in|
increments of fear." -Buzzy Trent
|Feel the Power of the darker side. Inlet to the Atlantic, 1/24/2016|
|Duneline damage, Roadways, 31st Street. 1/24/2016|
Flight out? Big time lines, but no issues. Actually pretty smooth. Flew in before Jonas. Flew out after it had headed north and out to the deep blue. Always miss Here. Landlocked again.
|Snow-capped on S-Road, the 'Bury, 1/25/2016|
Strong beer to calm the monster storm... Brouwerij Huyghe out of Melle, Belgium brews Delirium Tremens, a Belgian Strong Ale. Recommended by a coworker, this baby will ward off the DT's for sure... if it doesn't add to them first. Pours a pale gold with a two finger plus white head. Thin lacing. The signature Belgian yeasts (x3) come out with every swig. And at 8.5% ABV, a hard swig or two will begin the pounding into submission. Better a beer than the ocean I guess. Nice dry finish as I will estimate the IBUs (not listed) around the 40 mark. Scents of lemon and banana and a warm feel as I drank. Weighted nice, and smooth for this time of year. Rated Delirium an A-.
|"It is a fair wind that blew|
men to ale." -Washington Irving
Eastern Shore brewery Evolution Craft's Chrystal Row is the latest limited release and another beer for the colder months. An American Strong Ale, pours a dark amber with a finger and a half tan head. Scents of toffee and spice with a malt frontal attack followed up by a slap of fruity, piney hops. Ye 'ole one-two. Little pilsnerish- lagerish- IPAish goin' on. While the snowstorm was picking up momentum Wednesday evening, I was picking up a six of this gem. Warms ya at 7.2% ABV with a crisp, moderately bitter finish at 45 IBUs. Rated Evo's latest an A.
|Brownish-green A-framed walls await... 31st Street-Roadways, 1/24/2016|