Delaware River Tubing (Weekend Activities)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

For Labor Day weekend, AG and I didn’t have any big plans to get away, but we wanted to get out of the city and do something outdoorsy.  A few years back, we went tubing on the Delaware with Delaware River Tubing.  We planned to go again with the same company which offers an approximately 3-4 hour trip down the Delaware for $35 per person and a $7 fee for parking.  It includes a stop in the middle for “The Hot Dog Man” who offers tubers a free soggy hot dog and drink with other food available to purchase.  A co-worker/friend mentioned that she had been tubing nearby the college we both attended for a much cheaper price.

Taking her advice, our group of 8 ended up at Lazy RiverOutpost where for $15 per person we got a raft and a ride 2 miles upriver.  The river was barely moving so it took about 2 hours to float back to the starting point. We had a great time just hanging out floating down the river.  The water and weather were pretty warm, and it’s easy enough to get out of the tube for a bit and swim around if you want, just make sure someone else hangs on to your tube. Halfway through the trip there is an island where you can stop, walk around and have lunch.  Unfortunately, it’s at the same location where the water really starts to pick up and have some rapids, so not our entire group was able to make it over and we skipped exploring the island.  The tubing company even offers to bring you back up to the river entry again if you want more time on the river, but our group had spent just the right amount of time on water and was ready for a good meal. 

It was a great day spent outside and I Shariously recommend the day trip to anyone looking to relax on the water.

Site Improvements

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Please bear with me as my site goes through some updates.
When I first started this blog, I didn't put much time and effort into the design of the site, but I finally started to buckle down and make some changes.  Please leave me any feedback you might have as I am primarily viewing the page with Chrome from a PC and am doing my best to make it easy to read and follow.  More design changes may be coming in the near future so I'd love to hear your comments or suggestions you have!

Shariously Yours,

White Pants after Labor Day?

Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day!

Banana Republic, Martin Fit
I have a super awesome pair of white slacks, they look so great on me - I wish I had a picture of me in them to share (I think the picture to the right is about right). 

The story of the pants:  Two years ago in September I was Outlet shopping.  I stopped into Banana and picked up a bunch of items to try on.  Before getting on line for the fitting rooms I browsed the clearance rack for any petite pants in my size, (any kind of slacks would do since I need lots for work) when I saw them, perfectly sized pair of white pants.  When I looked at the price tag I was amazed! $14.99! There was no way these would fit me, something had to be wrong.  Low and behold, they fit great and didn't need to be shortened.  The only bad news - it was already after Labor Day so I had to hold off wearing them until Memorial Day.

All that winter I anticipated wearing of the slacks. For the past two summers, I have been happily wearing the pants, but only at very particular times, I'm sure you can relate:  I can only wear them when it hasn't rained for at least a day, a day I won't have to go to any construction sites and there absolutely cannot be any rain in the forecast for the entire day.  I had a bad experience while wearing a pair of pink H&M linen pants one summer.  It started pouring, and I was walking around Chinatown only to discover the entire back of my legs had been splattered with spots of dirty blackness.  The pants were never the same, but luckily they weren't quite as amazing as my current white pair, although they probably were around the same price.

This past week I wore my white pants for the last time this year, unless I break the first rule of fashion.  What do you think?  Do you wear white after Labor Day?  Do you have any great items of clothes that you are picky about when you can wear them and that you Shariously love?

Trip to Maine (Vacation Recap Part 3)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Catch up on the beginning and middle of our vacation in Part 1 and Part 2.

For the last two days of our trip, we decided to move off the lake and out to some Maine towns.  The first stop was Freeport, a town well known for its outlet shopping and L.L. Bean headquarters.  We spent a little time shopping and decided we would really rather be doing something else on a beautiful day in Maine.  So, we walked around town, stopped at Azure CafĂ© for a delicious lunch, had some fun at LL Bean and topped it off with Ben & Jerry before heading to our next destination. 
"Ow, don't kick me" Outside L.L Bean

Back in the car, we figured if we were in Freeport, there must be a port somewhere.  We started driving towards the water not really knowing what we would find.  Luckily, there was a cute marina to be found.  Pretty much, it was just a restaurant and lots of boat spaces, but it was a nice spot to take some pics and watch the water.

We had plans to meet friends for dinner in Portland that evening, but wanted to get there early so we could walk around and explore.  Portland was great!  It is filled with cute shops, some were touristy but a lot were small boutiques, bars, restaurants and specialty stores.  For dinner we went to Portland Lobster Co., a great spot right on the pier in Portland.  They had live music, great food & beer and our friends were able to bring their dog along.  We quickly learned that Portland is very dog friendly – everyone brings their pets out and all the shops give out treats.  Our last stop of the night was another local bar where we sat outside and enjoyed the nice weather.
Marina in Freeport

Heading home on our final day, we decided to stop at Kennebunkport.  Similar to the day before, we did a lot of walking around and checked out the local shops before stopping for lunch.  We weren’t quite ready to head home, but knew our vacation had to end.

Aside from the traffic, I’m Shariously glad we decided to vacation in Maine this summer.