12 of 12 for May 2010

15 May

I rounded off my two week trip home with a side journey to Washington, DC to visit Madeline. She and her roommates were packing up their dorm in preparation for graduation, so I had to buy some breakfast for myself. I hadn’t eaten Froot Loops in years, but they didn’t disappoint.

Our main destination of the day was Annapolis, Maryland. I had visited back in December of ’08 and was eager to see it again (in warmer weather). This colonial seaside town has a lot of charm.

The grounds around the Maryland State House were overflowing with schoolkids on field trips. They were led by costumed guides like the fellow pictured here.

We decided to tour the interior of the State House (the oldest state capital building in the country!) This is the Senate chamber.

Annapolis has a lot of these colourful colonial clapboard rowhouses that are perhaps more reminiscent of New England than the Mid-Atlantic. You can see the top of the State House in the background.

We headed down to the harbour for lunch. Most of the restaurants were out of our price range, but we stumbled upon an authentic Italian restaurant with cheap paninis. The quality was fantastic. I got a “Napoli,” with chicken, sundried tomatoes, mozzarella, pesto sauce, and sauteed broccoli rabe. We ate them on the edge of the harbour near the Naval Academy.

Here’s Main Street in Annapolis. (Maryland, by the way, has by far the best state flag).

It was a warm and humid day, and it definitely felt like a beach day. Although we had originally thought about going to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware, we realised that the Atlantic was just too far of a drive. We aimed our sights instead on Chesapeake Beach, MD, which turned out to be a major disappointment. The one small stretch of sandy beach had a ridiculous entrance fee (I took the picture from behind a fence). I’m not sure I’d want to swim in Chesapeake Bay, anyway.

With time to kill, we decided to head further across the countryside of southern Maryland towards Calvert Cliffs State Park. A 2-mile walk to the shore brought us past some lovely flowering trees.

The trail also brought us past some interesting wetlands, snakes and all.

Finally, Calvert Cliffs! The cliff trails were closed because of all the landslides, but we admired the view. Out on Chesapeake Bay, we spotted a number of shipping barges headed out to the ocean.

After a very full day, we returned to DC.


One Response to “12 of 12 for May 2010”

  1. squamloon 15 May 2010 at 16:21 #

    Looks like a beautiful area—about which I’m pretty darned near clueless. Pam and I just realized last night that neither of us has been to DC… or Annapolis.

    I liked last month’s too, BTW—especially Dog Hill.

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