Home of the Naval Academy and Good Crab Cakes
Trip Start Jun 12, 2012
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We left Annapolis this morning and are headed down towards Norfolk, Virginia where we plan on seeing my Dad’s cousin Joyce and her family
We woke up early this morning to get a good start. Dad woke up to the sounds of the Naval Academy Drills at 6am. Jameson and I could have easily slept through it. We filled up on diesel and got more fuel for the dinghy and shoved off. The skies were very dark and gloomy, so we probably should have already prepared the enclosure for the storms, but we waited until it started storming to get the plastic up. Now we have 16 hours underway which should give me some time to get writing done!
We arrived in Annapolis sometime on the afternoon of Thursday the 12th and moored off a ball. Mooring is cheaper than docking, and more pleasant too though slightly less convenient. Plus it's nice to not have to worry about slamming into docks. We all went into town and had a quick lunch at Chick and Ruth’s Delly (I don’t know why they spell Deli that way) and of course chocolate shakes (malt for me!) Then Dad and Jameson hit up West Marine
Dad worked on stuff on the boat for most of the night, until we finally went back into town after 10. We went to McGarvey’s Saloon and Oyster Bar for a snack, and beer for Dad and me, since they were one of the few bars we tried with a kitchen still open. The beer on the menu “Heavy Seas, Loose Cannon” made me laugh and I almost wish I had tried it just for the name, but I didn’t. Probably for the best since I really enjoyed the beer I had and I’m not sure how much I like IPA. I ended up having Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale on special and I am a fan.
We slept in the morning of Friday the 13th, got a nice shower in, and I did laundry and had a coffee and bagel at Starbucks with Dad while I waited for it to be done. The marina facilities use coins instead of a code or key, and I kind of like that idea...no numbers to forget! Dad spent a lot of time in a hardware store, and then after getting Jameson at the boat we took Cocoa for a walk and had lunch at O’Brian’s outside. Jameson and Dad then made a second trip to West Marine by dinghy because it was closer than walking
While they were at the boat store, I got to wander around Annapolis by myself taking pictures and wandering into shops. Of course I found a book shop which happened to have an interesting array of books and looked like a good spot for serious collectors.
I stopped to read a sign about the site where the city gates used to be, and as a man walked past me, he turned to look at me and smiling said, “Look out for ill famed men.” The sign mentions the city gates were meant to keep out "men of ill fame.” (This is bad, but I found it slightly funny that a beggar that I came upon happened to be a block further away past that sign…)
Jameson’s friend from school, Darrell who lives nearby came to hang out with us. We hit up a happy hour then wandered around more, and I showed them the bookstore I found. Jameson had no problem convincing me to get an 8 volume set on the decline and fall of Rome so now Dad jokes I am set for a trip all the way around the world. Another indulgence of mine…
We had a great dinner—Bbq Salmon tower, and I had black bean soup too—at a nice spot on the water (We have really been enjoying this town!) and the consensus was we wanted dessert so we went back to that Deli for another malt, (I’m a sucker) and some uncooked crab cakes to make for dinner on the boat
After watching some TV on the boat Jameson ferried Darrell back in and then we hoisted the dinghy onto the deck in preparation to take off the next morning. Jameson was right, he told me I would love Annapolis, and we probably could have easily spent an entire week there.