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North America » United States » Maryland » Baltimore » Inner Harbor February 28th 2015

I was in Baltimore for a couple of days. It started to snow heavily on the second day, towards the afternoon. Instead of being at home and staying warm, the adventure bug in me, tempted me to go outside and experience the snowfall. I was also curious of finding out how the Inner Harbour would look like amidst all that snow. I stepped out of the home, waited for a while and saw the Charm City Circulator bus come by. Once I boarded the bus, I reached the Inner Harbour after some time. There was snow all over. Almost everything that I could see was white with snow. It was windy too. I opened my mouth and could feel the flakes fall into it. The path, the seats on the side, the boats and even the ... read more
Water, a pier and boats.
On the pier.
That's water behind me.

I recently enjoyed a work trip up to Baltimore (Maryland), and found myself with a morning to kill due to a cancelled meeting on the final day. My work colleague, Sean, who also doubled as my tourist guide suggested a trip to Fort McHenry, battle site during the English/American War of 1812, and known as the birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner. Now I always had pictures in my head of the American forces stoutly defending the fort against the better trained and equipped redcoats, teaching them a lesson in tenacity they would not soon remember (not unlike the way we beat the Poms in the Cricket world cup, but I digress.....). However, the story doesn't quite go like that..... After giving US forces in DC a bit of a 'pantsing', the Brits headed for Baltimore ... read more
Inside the Fort
The outer defences
Prison Cells

North America » United States » Maryland » Baltimore May 11th 2014

Clarkston, Georgia to Columbia, Maryland—Wednesday and Thursday, May 7 and 8, 2014 Our plans for this trip were to drive Rosie II to the DC area and visit with our Aunt who had been in and out of the hospital repeatedly, in the last couple of months, with heart problems and also to visit with my daughter and son-in-law that live near our Aunt. We planned to store Rosie II while we traveled and leave for the cruise from the Dulles Airport. All sounds good on paper, but as we were packing to leave, we got a call from my daughter that informed us that our Aunt had died and that her funeral was to be on Friday the 9th. So, we shifted into high gear to leave earlier than we planned. We spent the night ... read more
1405-01 Haven B. Howe House at Claytor Lake State Park in VA
1405-02 Ruins of early home at Claytor Lake State Park, VA
1405-03 Eagle art work near Christina's place of work in Rockville, MD

North America » United States » Maryland » Baltimore November 4th 2013

I have gone back to school to get my Mates license. I will be spending the next two years between classes in Baltimore and working on Tugboats in the NorthEast. I will come out on the other end with my 1600 ton Mate of Towing License then get my Masters of Towing. I am attending classes at the Maritime Institute of Technologies And Graduate Studies, MITAGS, and obtaining my sea time aboard The Vane Brothers tug boats. The first three weeks of class we learned what to expect when we get underway and also all the ways we can loose limbs, burn up in a fire, drown, and die from hypotherma too! I had a two week "vacation" at home waiting on the Coast Guard to issue my documents, thanks to the governmment shutdown, and now ... read more
Fire fighting gear
Real deal fire fighting
After passing assessment

North America » United States » Maryland » Baltimore May 17th 2013

My day started at about 3:30 a.m. when I got up showered and got ready to head to the airport to fly to Baltimore Maryland to start my long awaited DM Diners cruise. I was able to make my flight with Southwest Airlines and left DIA at 6:00 am Denver time and got to Baltimore airport at around 11:15 AM. Baltimore time. I had to stick around the airport and wait for Marsha to come in as we were going to travel to the hotel together. Her flight ended up being about a 1/2 hour late but she finally made it safe and sound. We got our shuttle and headed to the hotel where we were going to stay for a couple of nights before actually leaving on our cruise. Our shuttle driver was very rude ... read more

North America » United States » Maryland » Baltimore October 22nd 2012

This was a stressful start to what will hopefully be an awesome adventure. I was so excited about my $140 one-way ticket- too bad they won't let you into Panama with a one way ticket. I sold part of my soul for a way more expensive one-way return flight, while my dad haggled with the Spirit Airlines reservation associate. But hey, I made it to my gate. Now I'm sitting at gate 13C next to an adorable little Indian girl with a puppy purse and cute little riding shoes... Nothing like little kids to brighten my mood:)... read more

North America » United States » Maryland » Baltimore October 8th 2012

This morning we checked out of the hotel but left our bags there whilst we did some final sightseeing. We both enjoyed the tour of the Capitol building so much that we went back there again. We had a different guide and heard some different information and saw the old Supreme Court on this tour so we both enjoyed it. After the tour, we went through the Botanic Gardens beside the Capitol and then caught a taxi to the Spy Museum. This museum was great fun and had interactive exhibits and lots of things on display from lipstick guns to lock picking sets, to fake glasses. It provided information of basic spy techniques and also stories of real situations. After this, we caught a cab back to the hotel to collect our luggage and then ... read more

North America » United States » Maryland » Baltimore August 4th 2012

Kære alle derhjemme i kolde Danmark. Tiden går og vi har rundet en måned i staterne, og alligevel er der så lang tid igen. Vi er nået rigtigt langt på den måned, som har taget os fra sydens varme op til nordens... ja, varme! Vi sveder stadig i temperaturer på 30+, så alt friturefedtet render ud af os, ligeså hurtigt som det kommer ind. Sidste indlæg blev skrevet i Memphis, Tennessee, som føles pokkers langt væk allerede, selvom det kun er et par uger siden. Endnu et par uger som har budt på action og oplevelser, men heldigvis ikke flere bilskift! Faxe holder endnu, og han gør det godt. Efter nogle dage i Memphis gik turen til Nashville - Music City! Et nærmere kig på byen afslørede da også et væld af barer og musiksteder, der ... read more
Great Smoky Mountains
Smuk udsigt fra øverste etage.

North America » United States » Maryland » Baltimore September 26th 2011

One thing that I learned early in my adjusting career is that every state produces wine, some good some bad. Lots of bad to find the nuggets of good. I’ve probably written about our wine tastings, well I try to buy wine from wherever I am for the next wine tasting. And so it is here in Maryland, I figured that if Virginia wines are good then Maryland must be ok too. I’d heard about a wine festival on TV, advertised that lots of Maryland Wineries would be there, lots of food and crafts. I thought it might be fun to do a wine tasting ourselves, eat some good food and buy some Christmas Presents at the craft show. As it turned out we were really late as I had claims in DC. Dolly went sightseeing ... read more
Inside the tasting

North America » United States » Maryland » Baltimore » Inner Harbor August 29th 2011

What a day that I hope to not relive any time soon! Last night was not good. I was really concerned about how today would work out so didn’t sleep well. Then the wine I’d bought was way too sweet and fizzy, YUCK! It was a Virginia wine but not a good one so I really couldn’t drink much. I had 4 appointments set up for today but 1st had to drive from Fredericksburg to Baltimore about a 2 hour drive. I left late so knew that although I’d be within the range I gave, I’d be later than I wanted. Fortunately, roads were not busy so I flew on my way and got to my first appointment on time. By afternoon I’d checked both of the bank accounts and my advance was not there. I ... read more

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