January 14, 2018
Sweet Lucy’s, Wilmington, DE
We arrived at Sweet Lucy’s in the early on a cold evening in January – usually not prime time for ice cream parlors. We were greeted by a server who told us about Woodside Farm Creamery where ice cream is prepared just for Sweet Lucy’s. They also sell some flavors of Hershey ice cream. I of course, opted for the locally made ice cream – I chose pumpkin pecan and Walking Dough Chocolate (with a name like that I had to try it). The Pumpkin Pecan was good. The Walking Dough Chocolate was supposed to be chocolate ice cream with caramel swirl and chocolate chips, but it seemed more like chocolate cookie crumbles than chocolate chips. Not usually being a fan of chocolate ice cream, i went out of my comfort zone here. I was glad I did – this was some of the best ice cream I have eaten. The flavor, texture, and amount of chocolate cookies and caramel were just right. I would like to visit Woodside Farm.
As we sat down to enjoy our ice cream the next customers came in, a man with two kids. The servers now really earned their pay. It must of taken the man 15 minutes to decide what he wanted – I think he tried every flavor in the place before settling on strawberry, which they were out of. I was impressed with what good sports they were. I guess this guy was either a serious ice cream critic, or he was just not sure where his next ice cream cone was coming from.
Our trip to the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel Maryland was not pre-planned, We saw a sign for it on the highway and decided to visit – we were their first visitors of the day. To be honest we expected the run-of-the- mill wildlife exhibits with a few hiking trails – not what we found! The exhibits here were awesome – beautifully done, elaborate, informative and interesting – just enough written to keep our interest without being cumbersome to read. The exhibits included “please touch me” animal furs and bones, poster boards and lots more! There were miles of hiking trails which were not able to visit today, but it looked like it could be a great stop on a warmer, less icy day.
Our second stop was to the College Park Aviation Museum at the University of Maryland – Don loved this place, several vintage airplanes (or replicas), some hands-on stuff and lots more.
Our third stop was the Goddard Space Flight Center – what can I say? NASA is always fascinating, and I had a very interesting chat with a heliophysiscist or some title like that where she was explaining to me how sun activity effects weather on the earth – a very intelligent lady!