Sunday, June 20, 2010

A great day with family

Much of the extended family gathered at my Aunt and Uncle's house in Gaithersburg yesterday for a pool party and picnic. Aunt Barbara and Uncle Dave typically invite us all over for the day once each year as summer warms up for a great day playing in the pool, softball, games and all around family fun. This year was another smash hit.

I arrived early with my bike so Dave and I could start with a ride to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain and back. The entire route is only modestly hilly but Sugarloaf mountain itself offers 500 feet of switchbacks in about 1 mile. The reward is a great view across the Potomac River towards Virginia. We set out from Dave's house at 8 am the temps in the mid 70s and warming but the real heat didn't settle in until after we were done and the party started. By then then we were all in the pool and didn't care.

Once the whole gang arrived at about 1 pm a wonderful day of shrieking kids and organized chaos ensued. Plenty of pool play, an egg toss, softball with an oversized Chicago style ball and water balloon fights filled the day. A highlight was my kids attacking their grandfather (my dad) with water balloons. It was also wonderful to see cousin Laura Dean up from Raleigh, NC. She was in Washington, DC for business and then came out to stay with my folks in Annapolis for the weekend. They managed to keep her presence a surprise until she showed up at the party. A pleasant surprise indeed.

Here's the ride map from Dave's and my morning jaunt.


  1. Sounds like you had a great Father's Day with family! Nice.