There is a very big, 17th century Spanish ship docked bayside on 3rd Street in Ocean City, Maryland. It is amazing. El Galeon Andalucia is her name and she is magnificent. ‘Galleons’ are Spanish trade ships built and used from 1500 to the mid 1700’s. Consider the Andalucia a ‘newer body style’ to the boats Ferdinand Magellan used to first circumnavigate the planet. To describe it to someone that has not seen it is a little hard. She has six decks, 12 guns, 3 masts, seven sails, 170 feet in length, a top speed of 6.7 knots, a gross tonnage of 496 and the top mast at over 10 stories tall. There is a crew of 25 that run the ship and the research alone to prepare for its 2010 completion took 6 years! Just considering the amount of skilled, hard labor to construct the vessel to a seaworthy condition is hard to fathom, let alone to keep it afloat and pointed in the proper direction. In laymen’s terms ‘She’s magnificent!’ And powerful. A little perspective here, Spain occupied land on 5 of the 7 continents back then, excluding Antarctica and Australia. The powerful Galeon’s they built had a lot to do with that.

Everyone knows that in 1492 Columbus sailed the Ocean blue.’ He ‘found’ the new world, but not on purpose, he was looking for Asian Spices. The guy needed some cinnamon, and a Western route to get there. For this, he needed a boat, 3 of them exactly. He didn’t get his cinnamon but he did get mankind one step closer to circling the globe. Magellan’s thirst for cinnamon was even greater, he decided he needed 5 Galleons and 270 men to quench it. His crew left to pick up some cinnamon (and don’t forget milk!) in 1519. Three years later he returned, well, he didn’t, his body was currently a war trophy for Philipino Chief Lapu-Lapu. But to Lapu-Lapu’s defense, Magallen was trying to kill him first. Eye for an eye I suppose. Also, only one of the five ships returned with 232 men lost to the sea. The stakes were high for adventure back then. BUT, his exploration made it! In 1522 mankind had circled the earth for the very first time. He did it without maps, without G.P.S., without the internet, without social media, or rest stops with cinnabon, or starbucks or any of our modern day conveniences. He did it by inspiring his crew, and by his own determination to circle the globe! And the boat! Don’t forget the boat. Without his Galleons he would have never made it.

What’s awesome is that today, if you want to, you can board the Andalucia, walk out on it’s oak decking and peer out over the hull much the same as Magellan did 500 years ago. Imagining you and your crew out on the open Ocean with nothing to guide you but intuition, a compass and the stars. Imagine seeing the Pacific for the first time, to overcome storms, rival navys and mutiny. Now, that’s adventure! So, from now, until September 2nd, there will be a very large and beautiful Spanish 17th century Galeon on the bayside of Ocean City, down on 3rd Street. Don’t wait until the bitter end and miss it. Savvy?

ROADTRIPPING IS THE BEST. It’s been around for a long time. Before the T-Model Ford, Chevy Corvette, the ‘Oregon Trail,’ and even before hippies started tricking out their air-cooled VW Vanagons, road trips have been an American favorite.  Countless movies, songs and books have been based on it. Look up Kerouac’s ‘On The Road.’ Arguably one of the most famous road trips in American History is when Sacagawea led those two other guys (what’s their names again?) across North America in more

This upcoming Monday, is, THE BIG ONE. Before the sun begins to peak it’s rays above the horizon, before the rooster crows or the hound howls, and most likely, even before your first cup of coffee, anglers will have set out from Harbour Island, Ocean City on an adventure. An adventure for treasure. For these adventurers, like it has been for many years, the treasure they seek lies beneath the sea. But it is not gold or relics of old, it’s the creatures that live within it. The White more

The Global Soap Project, Hilton Suites Participates

You might be surprised to learn that the leading causes of death for children globally are hygiene-related illnesses, which claim more than 2.4 million lives each year.  That’s nearly one-third of all child deaths.  Handwashing with soap is the single most effective way to prevent those deaths. In fact, soap is more effective than vaccines, medications, or clean water initiatives alone. Research has shown that soap can reduce the morbidity rates by more than 47% — meaning that more

RAMPS. In roughly two weeks the Ocean City beaches will be full of these things. Concrete ramps, wooden ramps, steel ramps, vert ramps, kicker ramps, spine ramps, natural moving water ramps (waves) and every other kinda ramp in between. We can rest assure that Evel Knievel will be smiling down on Ocean City during Dew Tour weekend. No, Evel didn’t invent the ramp, or the wheel, but he was the first to cast the spell of RADICAL upon these simple machines. What he did was true magic more

Red Bull Helicopter going inverted during the air show.

As in there will be planes in Ocean City.  June 8th through the 9th, Ocean City will be looking to the skies in awe as the 6th annual Air Show transcends.  There is nothing plain about this event with the nations top civilian performers demonstrating flight formations and cutting edge jet technology, this event is anything but for the birds!  The show is free and visible to those in close proximity to the boardwalk. Those seeking a more birds eye view, the Drop Zone and the Club more

Cruisin the Ocean City Maryland Boardwalk

The transition into summer always feels the lengthiest.  As an Ocean City-zen, some indicators that summer is nearly here are all around; the influx of people, the option to go to more than one restaurant, the weather…the recent thunder storms. . .oh wait that’s not thunder!? It’s Cruisin’ Ocean City week!  The roar of the cars cruisin’ may fool a small child but not you. As an intelligent Ocean City frequenter you know this is the time of year when coastal highway is taken more

Here in Ocean City, MD there’s quite a bit of living history. You can enjoy many of the same things today, that people enjoyed 50 and even 100 years ago. Trimper’s Carousel, Fisher’s Popcorn and swimming in the Atlantic Ocean are just a few that come to mind. One that might not come to mind on first thought, but is very much a part of Ocean City’s history, is the town’s skatepark. THE OCEAN BOWL. The Ocean Bowl’s roots run deep down on 3rd street, so deep, that it is, in fact, the more

Springfest in Ocean City, Maryland

Or as the locals like to call it, “Spring fest”.  The multicolored banners spanning from Salisbury to Ocean City are a constant reminder that Springfest is coming “4 day event” “May 2-5” and it’s time to celebrate.  This reminder is convenient because with the bipolar weather, one often forgets Spring is here.  This Springfest, forgive Spring for being such a tease.  Indulge the senses with salty sea air and salty treats.  There will be many a vendor to explore. more

third annual bikes to the beach in ocean city maryland

The invention of the wheel is a pretty significant milestone for mankind and the weekend of April 25th-28th we celebrate the minds that ventured outside the box.  Bikes to the Beach endorses life on the road and American ingenuity.  This is the third annual event and in the past it has proven to be a lively and loud showcasing of man and machinery.  Bikes to the Beach will be held at Hoopers Crab House, located in west Ocean City. Exiting from 50 to the 90 bridge, will allow plenty more

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