Monday, September 15, 2008

Bethel Beach



This beautiful place is Mathews County's Bethel Beach. I actually found Bethel yesterday after months of trying to figure out how in the world to get there.



Mathews might be a small place, but by golly it has a million miles of back roads that are laid out in no logical manner.Whatsoever. In fact, I drove home from Bethel a completely different way than I came in. I saw roads and places I'd never laid eyes on before.

By the way, the answer to how to get to Bethel Beach is as follows: I could never again recreate the journey I took to get there, but my best advice is just follow the swarming horseflies. That's horseflies, not houseflies, and indeed they are practically as big as horses. And houses for that matter.

Don't worry, though, they won't bite you because they're full as a tick after savagely attacking me today.

What is it with me and insects?

25 comments:

bellalately said...

Beautiful.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Bellalately - Thanks for commenting on this and the other two posts. I can't wait to look at the pictures of Mathews you have....

Mental P Mama said...

Would you say Bethel Beach has an infestation of horseflies? I hate those suckers, so I'll be down after they're gone.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

mpm- Yes. A HUGE infestation. Huge. They divebomb the car when you drive up. It sounds like hail hitting the windshield.

Rebeckah said...

Bethel Beach is very beautiful! I want to go to the beach. Did you dip your toes in the water?

Bear Naked said...

You live in such a beautiful area.
No wonder all the insects want to live there too.

Bear((( )))

Living on the Spit said...

We are so blessed to live on the bay and have the back drop of so much beauty!!! The cooler temps will make the horseflies go away...they aren't as bad on this side.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

R - I didn't, although I was barefoot and the sand sure did feel good.

BN - It is a truly gorgeous place to live, with or without the darn insects. But we do have more than our fair share of insects. I suppose that is good, except when you're trying to take pictures and are having to swat and swing at the air like some crazy person.

lots - I agree about this bay of ours. You are so fortunate to not have the darn horseflies though.

whatloknows said...

Those are very pretty and photos with a sense of calm.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

wlk - Thanks. I need some of that calm right now...it's been one hectic day and it's not over yet.

Big Hair Envy said...

When we were kids, we used to go to a local beach in King & Queen that had a similar appearance. The horseflies were SO bad, and my parents would tell us to just run into the water to get them off. Unfortunately, that's where the stinging nettles lived....Why did we enjoy it so much??? I'm still trying to figure that one out!!! Maybe it was the picnic lunch...

Happy Monday!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

BHE - Thank you for saying stinging nettles. I am vindicated. My son says, "Mumma, why do you call them stinging nettles?" I say it's because that's the way my grandparents talked, and I tell him to keep using it. Then he proceeds to tell me how nobody knows what he's talking about when he says it. I say all the more better.

Big Hair Envy said...

I can't imagine what else they could possibly be called...

Keeper Of All Things said...

You always take amazing pictures

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

bhe - He wants to call them jellyfish. I won't let him.

keeper - Thank you so much. I don't do anything except press one solitary button. It is the beauty of the area that does all the hard work for me.

Big Hair Envy said...

I think you are my soul mate...or maybe we have both been scarred by country life...hahahaha! Whatever the case may be, I'm glad we are who we are:)

Luv you girlie! And TOTALLY feel your pain.

Have you ever tried to explain the word "yonder" to your children?

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

BHE - I use "yonder" on an hourly basis. Hourly.

Suz said...

The pictures are beautiful.
The insects...I can relate to. They always LOVE me too.
Suz

MommyTime said...

Ah, what a gorgeous beach! I would love to go there any day soon. Or later. But preferably sooner.

Karen Deborah said...

two words==bug spray.
Your beaches are to die for,you are the new crocodile hunter but we need a better name for you. Put CBMAMA to work on what to call the CBW-explorer, something catchy-crabby-infestation-ing to go with the photo exploring. It would be so fun to go with you. Lucy would be all over this.

foolery said...

Our stinging nettles are tall and green and look like what might result if a mint plant had a wild night with a pot plant.

Do jellyfish give jelly, and if so, it's not mint jelly, is it?

Sure hope it's not POT jelly.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Suz - I'm glad to know I'm not the only one with insect problems, although something tells me I have more of them inside my house than you do....and I ain't proud of that.

mommytime - Anytime you want to visit, the door is open. Maybe we could coordinate a group visit with grandma j, foolery, mentalpmamma and tj (and others I am forgetting). We could have one big blog-a-palooza.

karen deborah - the only spray that'd work on these flies is a spray of machine gun bullets. They're bigger than rats. And that's a good idea about the name thing...I'll have to mention that to my mumma.

foolery - I have heard of the nettles that are plants, but around here they are long, tentacled creatures that prevent us from doing much swimming when the water gets a certain temperature. It isn't mint jelly. You sure make me laugh.

Anonymous said...

can you go swimming at bethel beach? Is it allowed? I'm looking at property in mathews and just curious. Thanks!!!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Anonymous - swimming is definitely allowed at bethel beach, however you have to watch out for your feet (oyster shells, the occasional piece of glass, etc.) but more importantly when the water is warm enough there are stinging nettles. Anyway, swimming is allowed there on the public part anyway. It is a gorgeous beach. Contact me at chesapeakebaywoman@gmail.com if you need more info about living here - I highly recommend it but it isn't for someone who wants the bright lights and shopping districts of the city. If you wish to get away from all that, this is it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the information and invitation to email you! Just what I wanted to know.