(Editor's Note: This is a continuation of the Retirement Grand Tour, you can read the previous entry here)
Friday, November 1, 2013
Start: Baltimore, MD
Finish: Greenbelt, MD
As forecasted the weather was ugly in the morning. We took our time before leaving the motel and got going around 10:30. We used mass transit to get into Baltimore. It seems the older we get the less tolerant we are of traffic. Besides, for a total of $4.70 we got 2 tickets which were good all day on light rail, bus, and subway. Regular fare is $3.50, $1.20 for Senior (showing your Medicare card). I do find having a smart phone to research the mass transit options makes this much easier.
In downtown Baltimore they have a series of free routes. We took light rail into town, a free bus across town and out to Ft. McHenry and a fare bus back to the light rail. The weather got better and better as the day wore on.
Our first stop was the President Street Station in East Harbor. This has been developed to interpret the Civil War in Maryland. They highlighted the fact that Maryland was unique because of its location, below the Mason-Dixon Line, but not overtly pro-slavery. They also displayed early train information, 1830s. One poster advertised the trip, 97 miles, between Baltimore and Philadelphia could be completed in 6 hours! This site has a number of passport stamps.
An East Coast memory for me has always been the food, especially seafood. And one of my very favorite meals is soft shell crab, which is regional to this area and seasonal to this time of year. This is the second time we have eaten at Mo's on President, near Pratt. For seafood I can't imagine doing better!
Soft Shell Crab
No trip to Baltimore is complete without a stop at Ft. McHenry, site of a War of 1812 battle against the British. This is where our national anthem was written. The view of the harbor is wonderful here, not so crowded as the main tourist area.
Walking back to the bus stop I spied this holly tree, another East coast childhood memory. Near Christmas time I remember going out into the Jersey woods with my mother to collect sprigs for decorations.
Holly - Female
Our next stop was Greenbelt Park, N of Washington,DC. We have camped here numerous times, being able to be here in that Fall is perfect. This is a NPS park, so the fees are reasonable; $16 per night and $8 with certain passes. No hookups, but free showers. It is only minutes from the Metro, shopping and restaurants. The evening was perfect, low 60s.
President Street Station
- Baltimore National Heritage Area, Baltimore, MD
- President Street Station, Baltimore, MD
- Underground Railroad Freedom Network, President Street Station
-Star-Spangled Banner NHT, Baltimore, MD
- President Street Station, Passport 25th Anniversay
- Fort McHenry NM & HS, Baltimore, MD
- Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, Baltimore, MD
Greenbelt Park, Greenbelt, MD
Baltimore-Washington PKWY, Greenbelt, MD
National Wildlife Refuge
1 near our campground
License Plates - All 50 plus DC!!!
Eastern Grey Squirrel
Double crested Cormorant
Feral Rock Dove