Sorry for the long absence! I was in Baltimore at a conference, getting my continuing ed credits for the year and having as much fun as I could possibly squeeze in when I wasn’t in conference sessions. Photobomb…comin’ atcha:
Obligatory airplane photo. I knew my 4 yr old would think it was cool that we were above the clouds!
Beautiful Baltimore! My view from the 18th floor.
Lots of extra ships were in the harbor for the big celebration — 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner.
I know Baltimore has it’s issues, but the Inner Harbor area seemed very safe. We loved walking around and seeing the harbor at night.
It’s not a trip to Baltimore without some crabs and a Natty Boh, right?
This is the HMS Argyll, which I got to take a VIP tour of thanks to meeting some of its crew in Fell’s Point.
See? I told you I got to go onboard! We also got to see the GPS systems, galley, and bunk areas. The lowest-ranking crew members sleep in big rooms with 39 people — thirteen triple-decker bunks per room!
I’m crazy about these nautical flags, even though I have no clue what they mean.
Crappy picture of the inside of Ft. McHenry, but I loved learning more about the War of 1812, the Battle of Baltimore, and that big flag that flew above it (32′ x 40′) — that’s the one Francis Scott Key wrote about in the Star Spangled Banner!
Canoli! I met a Ravelry friend for dinner and dessert in Little Italy and canoli is one of the must-try specialities. Oh my goodness… I love sweets, but even I couldn’t finish one. #canolihangover
Orioles game with my coworker/running buddy/travel partner extraordinare. Go O’s! (We got to see them beat the Yankees, which was a special treat for this Cardinals fan.)
I even managed to take a little day trip to Washington DC to meet up with my blog friend Lisa (click on this photo to go to her blog!) and her adorable daughter. (If you’re ever in DC with a little one, definitely check out the children’s area on the 3rd floor of the American Indian museum. She was entertained for over an hour, crawling from exhibit to exhibit, while we talked!)
I guess I could tell you about some of the interesting things I learned in my conference: receivership for nuisance properties, public-private partnership for economic revitalization of neighborhoods, etc etc etc…but strangely I don’t have any photos to go along with those stories. =) I had a great time but I was so ready to get home.
Have you ever been to Baltimore? Does the mention of canoli make you quote The Godfather? Should I watch The Wire?