Sunday, July 23, 2017

Hit Or Miss, from the Rogue's notebook.

Hit. Assateague break, 7/15/2017.

   Love the seasons of the Eastern Shore. But the conditions can be pretty sketchy at times. Low humidity one day, In the eighty to ninety percentile over the next few. Usually in the "dog days" the Atlantic is pretty slack. High pressure systems in the area usually keep the swells in the knee to thigh range. At high tide that can mean shorebreak. Last weekend was out at Assateague with family. Managed to grab some decent thigh to waist high sets. Clean to semi-clean depending how hard the off shores were blowin'. Always seems to break better along this end of the barrier.
Miss. Evening shut-out. 47th St, 7/20/2017
Later in the week hit the 47th Street break. More thigh to occasional waist...breakin' right on the sand. Suck the sand up the wall of the swell and slam it back onto shore. Got wet. Made a few attempts. Wave would jack in front of me with a panoramic view of a packed sand landing. Backed off every time. Got some paddling in anyways.
   This time of year brings in some of the best of the Eastern Sho's harvest. Deep green 'Cukes, ' and golden yellow. Bright squash and zucchini. Pungent onions, a variety of peppers, and sweet sugar corn. Juicy strawberries, peaches, and nectarines. Luscious blueberries and blackberries. Melons of all types...watermelons, honeydews, canaries, and my favorite, big, delicious, juicy, sweet, cantaloupes. Add to that the abundance of seafood everywhere you go in the area. Very hard to miss out on a good meal. 

Hit. Awesome Clawsome...King Crab, MD Blue Crab
Lobster and corn; shore abundance.

   What better brew to join 'em then a local brew. Fin City's Bimini Key Ale, a Bahamian style ale. What the hell is that? Gonna say a pale lager. Regardless, this pours a pale yellow with a quickly dissipating finger-thick head. Enhanced with tons of key limes...the biggest aroma that hits ya. Light peppery taste accompanies more key limes with a fresh bite in the finish from the 18 IBUs of light hopping. Only 4.0% ABV so washing down seafood, produce, or anything else is a pleasure with a few of these. Simple. NOT complex. Nothing sophisticated about a pale lager. Makes it very repeatable. Named after the OCMD boat builder Bimini Marine, rated this one a B-.
Out to sea. Will be back when the
beer is gone.  - Bar Sign
"There will always be another wave."   Shaun Tomson

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