I'll be doggone...and happy

Trip Start Jul 22, 2012
Trip End Oct 13, 2012

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

From the rustic campsite at Motoaka, Barb and I drove up the western Maryland coast to Annapolis.  Upon our arrival we negotiated the old, narrow, streets of Annapolis and found free and ample parking for Blue next to the Naval Academy.  A quick reconnoiter found a great pub the advertised the "best' crabcakes in Annapolis.  While this was the only crabcake I had in Annapolis, it was certainly great, along with their crab corn chowder....rich, lots of calories, but oh, so delicious. 

After lunch we relaxed in the waterfront park while waiting for our harbor cruise.  The cruise boat was a basic two level affair, probably 70 feet in length, and nimble enough to avoid all of the sailors out enjoying the beautiful summer weather.  We cruised past the Naval Academy up the Severn River to the bridge and back to the entrance to the Chesapeake.  The taped narration couldn't compete with the sites and sounds of the river...it was a beautiful day!

My dear friend, Molly, lives in Annapolis with her husband, Kelly, and five great labrador retrievers at "Brampton" a colonial plantation house.  Brampton was first built in 1740 and Molly and Kelly have owned the estate for about six years since moving from the Boston area.  A dozen rooms, two car garage, carriage house with room for three cars and a two bedroom apartment, two acres to roam around on, etc., etc.  Nice respite from the cramped confines of our rv (no disrespect meant, Blue).  Unfortunately, Kelly was in California visiting relatives and we missed him.

The next two days were spent wining (a lot)) and dining.  Sushi from the local Japanese restaurant (excellent), shrimp on the barbie, etc.  IN additon to the fact that we had five delightful labradors to dote on...just walking into the room would send them into ecstasy.  If you bothered to talk to them or perhaps pet them, they went into doggy hysteria....quite a bit of fun.  Friday morning, they managed to bust into our guest room for a 7 a.m. visit, Molly swears they have never done that before....yeah, right. 

On Friday afternoon, we drove into Annapolis and visited the Annapolis Yacht Club (using our Hawaii Yacht Club reciprical priveleges) and enjoyed their signature crab soup....rich and full of calories,,.hmmmmmh.  The view from their deck of the Severn River basin and all of the yachting activity was spectcular.  After that we went to the Eastport Yacht Club (Molly's Club) and enjoyed another glass of chardonnay (wining a lot, as I mentioned)  Eastport is building a completely new facility, so we enjoyed the ambiance of the club bar located in a temporary trailer...the wine was just as tasty and the crowd just a boisterous,

On Saturday morning, Barb and I headed back into the center of Annapolis to tour the Naval Academy.  It is an impressive campus, wery shipshape as you would expect from the US Navy.  Highlights included the Chapel with John Paul Jones Crypt, Memorial Hall and the Naval Academy Museum,  We happened to be there on parents weekend for the "Plebes" or freshmen who had just finished a summer session.  Lots of pomp and ceremony and family members proudly displaying their nametags.  Who amonst these youngsters will be the next Farragut, Perry, Carter or McCain?  Hopefully, they will deal with a more peaceful world than their predecessors.
That Saturday afternoon we took leave of Molly and headed out to Lums Pond Park in Delaware.  A lovely State Park on a lake just over the canal.  We reacquainted ourselves with living in Blue after the luxuries of Brampton.  One segment of our trip was ending and the next was beginning...on to New England!
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Nancy on

Really great comments. Bill. You are quite an interesting writer. Annapolis is so lovely - Dave and I have been there often. When I was a senior in high school, I was invited to the Ring Dance - when juniors at the Academy become seniors, which was really something. The dates dip the midshipman's ring into a huge caldren containing the water from the seven seas - quite a ceremony and something I shall never forget. So glad you guys are having a great time.

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