Monday, May 21, 2012

Photo blog: Chesapeake 2 – Annapolis with Karen


For the past few days we have been in lovely St. Michaels, MD, on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake, and I want to devote a whole posting to our visit here.  But first I want to continue getting us caught up with pictures from the past couple of weeks.  This time it’s our trip to Annapolis with Karen, April 26-30.

Our midway stop between Deltaville and Annapolis was Solomons, MD, where we also stopped last fall when we brought the boat south from Cape Cod. Zahniser’s is a really nice marina with the best marina showers!  It caters primarily to sailboaters, so we were in the distinct minority, but were made to feel very welcome:


Our slip at the Annapolis City Marina was right next to the Annapolis Yacht Club and gave us a perfect seat for the weekly Wednesday sailing races.  Craig said it reminded him of bees leaving a nests, one right after the other.  Our favorites were the little kids, some as young as eight:

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A mama duck laid her eggs in a pot of purple pansies at the marina.  When we returned 2 weeks later, the nest was empty and there were lots of baby ducks in the marina. 


Looking across Spa Creek to Annapolis at night:


We were all excited to have Karen arrive!



She brought 5 nights of presents: Craig’s birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, our anniversary and Barb’s birthday, so we had parties every night!


We visited the Naval Academy and were able to watch a full dress parade on Friday afternoon with the full Brigade of Midshipmen.  Impressive!

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The Academy chapel is huge and beautiful:

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The next day we took a cruise on the Severn River past the Naval Academy and about 10 miles further up. Very pretty, lots of nice homes.

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Lots of places to eat in Annapolis.  One of our favorites was Chick & Ruth’s Delly.  Great crab cakes and milkshakes. Craig and Karen REALLY liked the milkshakes!

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Karen trying on a Preakness hat.  There’s no talk of “Derby” out here!


We showed Karen the inn where she stayed on her first vacation at about 8 weeks old!


Craig found a sale on wine and just the right transportation to bring it back to the boat!


We hated to say good bye, but it was great having her with us for such a wonderful long weekend.


Next up – photos from our busy week in Norfolk.