My fault, I should’ve remembered not to lay out the seed on the ground, this time.
I thought, “Man, I have a lot of hungry birds out there.”
Till I saw this guy.
Gettin’ full for fall
I’ve lived here for 15 yrs., and I’m just now catching this one and only squirrel crossing the patio each morning. 🙂
We seem to eat a lot of BBQ where we live.
We. love. it.
AND, we are very picky about our BBQ, so I was both curious, and a little apprehensive about it.
We hadn’t heard of this particular restaurant; then again, we hadn’t been to the Patuxent River, MD, area in years.
Outside the restaurant, there was a nice patio area with picnic bench style seating.
I really wasn’t expecting the interior to look the way it did, but Mission BBQ screamed absolute patriotism from the minute we walked in!
I guess that’s to be expected being right across the street from the Patuxent Naval Air Station, not sure about the other locations.
NEVER have I seen so much, military paraphernalia, under one roof, aside from military museums.
I had a hard time eating as I didn’t know where to look first..it was all so interesting.
I wanted to take it all in and look at everything.
Every square inch had something interesting to read or look at.
This was at our booth.
There were interesting articles, captivating pictures, even clever ways of displaying items; including, recognizing our community heroes like police, firemen, etc.
I love ANY PLACE that pays tribute to our great men and women of the military as well as those who support our community. [Hence my previous article referring to my military family.]
You can choose a variety of smoked meats placed on or off the bun, lean or fatter cuts.
You then have a seat and wait for it to come out.
I chose the leaner beef brisket, (just the meat) while
the hubs had the brisket sandwich with fries as his side.
My side was the mac-n-cheese…IT WAS DELISH!
Probably the best/creamiest/cheesiest macaroni I’ve EVER had at a restaurant, for real.
(And I’m very picky about my mac-n-cheese!) 🙂
My meal also came with a piece of cornbread. I guess I missed that part when ordering.
The brisket had that Texas, oak, smoked flavor like you cooked it around the campfire.
Mission BBQ menu is here: http://mission-bbq.com/menu
They even have a gluten-free menu.
How did I miss getting a picture of our food, though! 😦
Our history was on the walls, the tables and booths.
And of course, I had to find the Marine Corps emblem imbedded among several branches on our table.
Even the cardboard caddy holding the six, different, choices of sauce, recognized the MIA and POWs.
Some of my favs were the KC Classic, and the more vinegar based Carolina.
They had a blend of spices and speciality sauces, up by the drink station, too, that I found to be so yummy.
Did you know National POW/MIA is recognized on the third Friday of every September?
I guess I had forgotten when that was. My own Uncle Terry had been MIA for decades. (I hope to share that story, soon.)
Coming back from the men’s restroom, my husband said, “You should see what’s in the guys’ room.”. He told me the walls were plastered with 1940 pin-up girls
not surprised there,
but then mentioned that the Farrah Fawcett’s poster was hanging above the men’s urinal.
For you young kids…it’s ICONIC.
That poster probably hung in just about every, young, teenage boy’s room across America!
Including my husband’s. (It was the only poster he ever had.) 🙂
So, naturally I wanted to see what was in us gals’ restroom.
I was trying to guess,
I thought, TOP GUN images FOR SURE!
As I rounded the corner looking for my restroom, guess whose face was peering down at me?
Yep, Tom Cruise in the cockpit of a fighter jet.
We actually had jets flying overhead as we walked into the restaurant. I just love the sound of those things.
Later on, I noticed a few pilots had walked in.
They’re unmistakable aren’t they?
Once inside my restroom…
But of course…I should’ve guessed.
Lots women sending their lovers off to war with a kiss. Also infamous poses.
I was trying to imagine what they must’ve been feeling when those pictures were snapped.
The manager at Mission BBQ was going around visiting with people, and I noticed how he greeted patrons like they were family. I overheard him sharing about the restaurants and other cities where they have locations.
So, I’d recommend it. It’s a fun and interesting place with great food to boot.
I was glad to see homage paid to all our military, and community service workers,
so for that fact alone, I would eat there.
Do you have a Mission BBQ near you or a favorite BBQ restaurant you like to visit?
So, I thought I’d give you an idea of the surrounding area where we’re staying in case you’re looking for a hotel with water views, in this area.
To see how we got here, I went back and added a map of our route to my previous post here: map/post
Our hotel is the Island Inn & Suites on Piney Point, Maryland. It’s on St. George Island.
We hadn’t heard of this hotel before, but my husband was glad he found it.
It wasn’t here, years ago, when we explored this area, on previous business trips with our kids. (We like using our Choice points, so we were glad to find it.)
It’s been years since we’ve been here and the entire area has really grown.
^ Click on each picture to enlarge
Knowing I like the outdoors, and after nearly a decade of battling health issues (with rarely time to get outdoors) my hubby thought I’d really enjoy this view…
and BOY DO I!
Wasn’t that sweet of him?
So, I have beautiful scenery to look at as I type, and take pictures.
He’s the best!
OK, I’ve NEVER been this close to the water before!
Here is the map of where we are, so you get an idea of how the water surrounds us.
One side (the west) is the Potomac River, and the other is the St. Mary’s River.
Both look like you’re viewing the ocean or bay. We chose the St. Mary side to be able to hear the lapping of the waves as well as not view the parking lot.
Don’t get me wrong, both views are spectacular, and I LOVE sunsets, as I’m never up for sunrise, but I knew we could view the sunset, at any time, as we left for dinner.
Here are a few pictures of the sunset our first night; it did not disappoint.
As the sun began to set, we drove down to the end of St. George Island and took some of these photos. We had to turn around as the drive led to private homes.
It has been super quiet here; I hear nothing.
Oh, an occasional guest next door, some jets here and there, flying overhead, and a few seagulls, landing on the pier as they fly in, but nothing significant to speak of.
Like I said, I never, hardly EVER see the sunrise, but for some odd reason I was up the other day just in time to grab my camera and catch a glimpse.
And right on cue, @8:00 AM sharp, I heard a familiar melody float across the river.
The National Anthem.
I’m sure it was coming from a nearby base, or from some “old salty” who lived on a nearby island, and was probably raising the flag and blasting out his favorite tune. 🙂 HA
I kind of got goosebumps as the sun was rising, and the notes were falling.
Can you tell I’m a VERY patriotic person?
It may have something to do with being raised by an ex-Marine.
There were four in the family…one, who was MIA, for decades. My little brother, who is presently a Lt. Col, is serving overseas. (You may have seen this on my “About Me” page.)
Yeah, that song kind of gets to me.
Later, when my husband arrived back, through tons of traffic I might add, (all leaving from the Patuxent base, we headed out for dinner.
There is a restaurant, next door, which we plan to try later. However, we drove back the way hubby had come.
We found an amazing, unique place for barbecue right across from the base. They are a fairly new chain, but growing rapidly.
I’ll share that, as well as some info about the Patuxent Naval Air Station and the nearby
Thanks for coming along on my travels!
Do you have military family?
Do you have a favorite place, by the water, you always love to go?
Here’s a video I took from our balcony…enjoy the view!
I’m travelling, along with my husband, as he has work on a nearby navy base in Maryland.
I’ve been having horrendous back pain issues, for the last 7 mos., among other menopausal/auto immune/allergy issues….
I thought, how could I feel ANY worse; especially, when I feel so poorly at home?
But I’m really glad I took the risk. (So far, I’ve actually been coping pretty well.)
KNOCK ON WOOD.
This time, to Maryland, we took a different route.
We headed more south (from southern Indiana), so we could see more of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Later, we hope to take more of the Blue Ridge Parkway to head back home.
Thus far, the scenery has been spectacular!
I will be sharing many a photo, and any travel tips, the next few weeks.
For now, here’s a few pics. The drive through both WV and Virginia were awesome.
We are staying on St. George Island, Maryland, for the first time.
I will let you now how it was.
Anyone been here, or to the Blue Ridge Mountains, before? Tips for a fellow traveler?
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