Weekend in Annapolis

We had a fun time with our friends in Annapolis. That’s not unusual. We always have a good time with G and J.

The drive to Annapolis was 2-1/2 hours and pretty uneventful (just the way I like it). We left Sabbaticalville around 4:30pm, a little worried that we might hit some rush hour traffic, especially around Baltimore. We got lucky. Most of the traffic was headed towards the shore and away from where we were going.

Friday evening, after a yummy dinner that J put together, we took a walk down to the Severn River. It was a lovely evening, warm but not too hot with a nice breeze.

(Sunset on the Severn. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

(Another view of the Severn from the beach. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

(Graffiti at the beach. “Sir Benjamin, King of Sand Castles.” Photo by Robin. June 2007)

Saturday, after a very laid-back morning, we went to downtown Annapolis to walk around, see the shops, and whatever other sights were there to see. Annapolis is a pretty town. It’s also a busy town with a lot of history.

(On the dock, Annapolis. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

As you can see from the photo above, we had a gorgeous day with a nice breeze.

While walking along the dock and past many boats, we spotted this dog in one of the boats:

(Reading the newspaper while on guard duty. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

There was no sign of the dog’s people (other than the stuff on the table which I’m assuming are not the dog’s).

There are lots of cute little shops, bars, and restaurants on the main streets of downtown Annapolis. There were lots of folks out shopping, eating, and drinking on Saturday.

(Annapolis. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

(Annapolis. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

(Maryland State House. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

The Maryland State House is the oldest state house in the nation. It was built in 1772-1773, and was the capitol of the United States from November 26, 1783 to August 13, 1784. General George Washington resigned his commission before the Continental Congress at this state house. The Treaty of Paris which ended the Revolutionary War was ratified and signed here and the call to the states that led to the Constitutional Convention was issued from here. Lots going on in the state house back in the day.

The photo above is a typical shot of the Maryland State House and can be found on postcards and all over the internet. I didn’t know that when I took it, but it makes sense. It’s a good view.

(Governor’s mansion. Annapolis. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

(From the State House. Annapolis. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

We had a late lunch at Galway Bay, an Irish restaurant and pub a little off the well-beaten path.

(Annapolis. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

There were a lot of yummy things listed on the regular menu and the specials for the day, making it difficult to decide what to have. We started with a delicious house pale ale that was nicely hopped and refreshing. After a bit of waffling back and forth, I finally decided to have the Irish Rueben. I can honestly and without hesitation say it was the best Rueben sandwich I’ve ever eaten. The corned beef was lean and deliciously spiced. It came with braised cabbage instead of sauerkraut. The cabbage was tasty and cooked crisp-tender rather than overcooked and mushy. The rye bread was fresh, the swiss cheese was flavorful, and the Irish mustard added just the right amount of spice and kick to the sandwich. Best of all, it wasn’t dripping with grease the way a lot of Ruebens tend to be.

M had a duck cheesesteak sandwich that also looked quite good. Both sandwiches came with chips (fries). The chips were good (there’s not much you can do to ruin french fries), especially with malt vinegar. They were crispy and not at all greasy.

We strolled around one of the Annapolis neighborhoods after lunch. There are some gorgeous homes and gardens not far from the downtown area.

(Annapolis. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

(Annapolis. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

Saturday evening we went to the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for the DCI competition. I’m not usually a big fan of drum corps events, but I did enjoy the evening. It was the first competition of the season and began with 2000 students singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corp joined the corps’ mass brass line to play the music for it. I have to admit that we missed this portion of the show. We were walking around the stadium during the performance.

Although I bought a Spirit t-shirt because I liked it, I was cheering on the Bluecoats since they’re from Canton, Ohio, near our home in the Bogs. My least favorite corps were the Cadets. The talking throughout the show was distracting and took away from both their show and music which was too bad as they were quite good otherwise. The Caveliers, an all male corps from Illinois, won the night. If you’re interested in this sort of thing, you can see the scores here. The Bluecoats, by the way, came in second.

I do not have photos from the DCI event. The general consensus was that it might be better to leave the camera at home since I might not be able to take it in. As it turned out, I could’ve taken it in and I’m regretting not having it because I would like to have at least a few photos of the stadium and the various corps.

Sunday brought the hot weather and we spent most of the day hanging out on the deck, going for a swim in the afternoon before leaving. It was nice to sit around talking, reading, and enjoying the day and each other’s company.

The ride home was as uneventful as the ride out. Once again the traffic was piled up going in the other direction. It was really bad in Delaware (for those going in the opposite direction) where I-95 looked more like a parking lot that stretched on for mile after mile after mile, all those poor people waiting because of the toll booth.  The humane thing to do, especially on such a hot day, would’ve been to either open up a few more lanes for those folks or else waive the toll and let them through.  I’m sure Delaware makes more than enough money on tolls that they could’ve afforded to go without for a day.

Once we left the highway, we put down the convertible top and took a sweet ride along the back roads.

(On the road to Sabbaticalville, PA. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

Now that we’re getting closer to the end of M’s sabbatical, I expect we’ll be busy. I’m hoping to keep up with the blog as I originally started this blog in order to record our sabbatical adventures somewhere.

I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep up with everyone else. If that turns out to be the case, my apologies in advance. Once we’re settled back in the Bogs, keeping up with you all shouldn’t be a problem.

Home, away from home

(Somewhere in Annapolis. Photo by Robin. June 2007)

We’re back in Sabbaticalville after a very enjoyable weekend visiting friends in Annapolis. I’m too knackered to post anything more tonight.

Happy Father’s Day to you dads out there!

And a special Happy Father’s Day to my Dad. I love you!