Vacation, Day 2: Oh Say Can You See

We spent our second day of vacation in Baltimore. This was the day I was looking forward to the most, not just because of the Orioles game honoring Cal Ripken, Jr. that night but because Baltimore is my favorite city. I couldn’t wait to spend time there.

Our first stop was the Inner Harbor. We grabbed lunch at Uno’s (one of my favorite restaurants) and ate outside overlooking the water.

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While we were eating, Lucy spotted dragon paddle boats, so we took her for a ride in the harbor. She had a blast, probably because she wasn’t the one paddling!

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After our paddle boat ride, we toured the USS Constellation. Joe was super psyched about this. It was pretty neat, but I ended up dealing with a cranky toddler (that’s what happens when she misses her nap), which put a damper in things a little.

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Lucy was so cranky that we picked this shirt up for her at the gift shop on the way out. We thought it was pretty appropriate. 🙂

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I got to pick what we did next, so we headed over to Fort McHenry. Although I lived in the Baltimore/D.C. area for 14 years, that was the one place I had never visited. I’m really glad we went. It was so neat to stand in a fort that was built more than 200 years ago and to look out to the water where Francis Scott Key penned The Star Spangled Banner on a boat.

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This is one of the “bombs bursting in air.”

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After touring the fort, we trekked to Camden Yards for the Orioles game.

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We got there several hours early but there were already THOUSANDS of people there. It was insane trying to get around. We ran into a TV reporter and told him our story of having traveled there from Atlanta specifically for that game. He wanted to interview us but, because of horrible cell service at the stadium, his text to us was delayed and we missed out on it.

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It was neat getting to see Cal Ripken, Jr. honored as one of the Orioles greats. He has been my favorite baseball player since I was a child, and one of my best memories was getting to meet him in Atlanta. He’s a class act.

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Despite not having had a nap, Lucy was pretty good for the game.

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We hung out at our seats through about the 6th inning. After we left to try to meet up with the TV reporter, we stumbled upon the kid’s area. Lucy had SO much fun.

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When we left, Lucy wanted her picture taken by all the players’ numbers out front. Because of course she did. And, no, I won’t show you them all. You’re welcome.

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Up next, our trip to the National Zoo and Philadelphia!

 

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Hi! I’m a wife to a wonderful husband, mom to a beautiful and active (to put it lightly) kiddo, and fur-mom to 3 crazy cats. I’m a former journalist. I quit my full time job two years ago. Now, I am a freelance writer and a virtual assistant for several bloggers!

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