Greetings from Baltimore(-ish)!
The happy travelers have been enduring some rainy days, which required multiple viewings of the big deal scale, but I see sunshine out my hotel room window today.
On Monday, we went to Annapolis, Maryland, for which there are no pictures because it was pouring when we got there. I tried to walk about a bit, but only managed a few blocks when I spotted my parents van headed back up the street from their intended destination. Turns out that area was blocked off for some boat festival this weekend. It’s definitely on my places to visit again, though, as the architecture is very interesting. For now, I’m left with some still-soggy shoes and nasty chest congestion.
Yesterday’s early outing was to the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore. We only had a few hours, but we enjoyed walking around a bit and having lunch at Panera, of all places.
I had a moment of longing for my bike, safely locked away at home:
Isn’t that the coolest bike back? These are scattered throughout the area and are easy to spot with their bright colors and distinctive shapes. I want one for my garage.
Without a bicycle of my own to ride, I sought other transportation:
Unfortunately, the venue was closed. Bummer. Maybe next time.
Despite being surrounded by countless examples of interesting architecture and nautical sights, I immediately gravitated to this fascinating exhibit:
I like her! She’s perky and has attitude.
We spent yesterday afternoon and evening visiting family, and we had a lovely time. Nice dinner, too. Due to the long distance between us, I’ve never been able to spend much time with these cousins, but I always enjoy it when I do.
Our little trio splits up today, with Mom and Dad heading south. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed traveling with them, and I hope I haven’t run them crazy. I’ll be staying in the area for a fun-filled weekend with friends, which kicks off tomorrow. But first, I’ll spend today making a pilgrimage to the holy land, a.k.a. IKEA. Hope the rental car has a big trunk!
Exercise so far has been limited to lots of walking, one full workout at hotel #2’s gym, and a few scattered body weight exercises. My next hotel has a good exercise room, so if the chest congestion allows, I’ll get in a good workout tonight or first thing tomorrow a.m. Otherwise, I’ll stick to walking. As long as I’m up and active, I’m okay with letting things unfold as they will.
Diet has been decent. Too many calories, I’m sure, but healthy choices if you ignore a chocolate chip cookie and a Snickers bar. (Seriously? That Snickers bar was dee-lish, but after I ate it, I realized I’ll be quite content going another 3 years before having another one. I’ve put it on my calendar. :))
Gotta run for now. Certain people of the male persuasion in this group really expect you to be in the lobby at 8:30 if you say that’s when you’ll meet. Sheesh….