Hammering Crabs

Trip Start Mar 17, 2012
Trip End Jun 26, 2012

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Courtyard Annapolis
Read my review - 4/5 stars

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Friday, April 6, 2012

The driving and sightseeing yesterday was a bit wearying and today is going to be worse.
With the stroke of a pen, the deletion of some towns and a couple of alterations to accommodations, the day ahead is looking a whole lot easier. 

Our next stop now is Gettysburg, PA - where the National Military Park provides a great deal of military history.
The Battle of Gettysburg was fought July 1–3, 1863, in and around the town of Gettysburg. The battle with the largest number of casualties in the American Civil War and is often described as the war's turning point. Union Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade's Army of the Potomac defeated attacks by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, ending Lee's invasion of the North.

After a very leisurely drive around the Park (taking some 2 hours) we head for our next town on the amended itinerary - Frederick, Maryland. On the way we stop off at Beckley's Camping Center. They have a massive display of Recreational Vehicles and boast that they are the #1 Dealer of RV's in Maryland.
We look at and get prices for a variety of vehicles that Manny has requested and are quite surprised in the price difference between the US and Oz. They are 1/2 to 2/3rds cheaper!
Frederick has a wonderful historic downtown with a warm ambience. We stop in a local shop for lunch and have a sandwich (American style) which has the most tastiest bread. In fact, all their dough based products, savoury and sweet, are made with the same mixture and they taste just as good.

Last on the day's list (short and sweet) is Annapolis MD, capital of the state of Maryland. It is on the Severn River which flows into the Chesapeake Bay, and is a vibrant city and proud of its charming colonial heritage.
 Annapolis is home to the United States Naval Academy and St. John’s College, a liberal arts college with a history going back to 1696. Annapolis is well known as a center of sailing and boating in the Mid-Atlantic.

After checking in we head downtown to the historic waterfront area where we wander aimlessly amongst the old quaint buildings (and shops where Gail just must buy another pair of shoes) and eventually settle for a light meal of famous crab cakes in an establishment overlooking the water.

The next morning we are due to drive to Washington DC, just 30 miles away, but linger a bit longer in the area visiting boat sale yards (yes, their 2nd hand boats are as cheap as the RV's) and drive a short distance to Mike's - a favourite eatery haunt of the locals that specialises in Chesapeake Bay crabs. We hammer our way through half a dozen large crabs for lunch before setting off for the nation's capital.
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