This is a continuation of Our Northeastern Road Trip of which you can find the first part here.
Downtown Annapolis. It’s a harbor town with charming brick streets and pubs! I fell in love. Even though we got rained on, I was still so happy to be there. When I was 17 I used to tell Jordan I wanted a big house and a sailboat on Chesapeake Bay – I never thought I’d ever even get to see it person. It is everything little me imagined!! Drenched in history and community and aggressive drivers, I definitely felt like I could live there. Also there’s a street that goes into town that has 18 large, eclectic chicken sculptures so maybe that’s enough to convince my mother to move up here with us (wink. Honestly, I’m not sure I could ever live in a place that has real winters. But I love this town.)
We found a little record store and picked up Iron & Wine’s Ghost on Ghost, bought $20 of fudge to get more fudge for free and saw a never ending wall of shiny christmas ornaments in the shape of every type of food you could imagine.
I had strange expectations for this city with its civil unrest and locals seem to turn their noses up at it – but I was so pleasantly surprised!! Our friend Jeff tagged along and took us over the Bay Bridge prior. THAT was cool. It may have just been the walk we took along the water but oh my goodness y’all!!! I really liked this city! There were little bridges everywhere and the trash wheel (a solar powered ocean trash can with googly eyes) and art and so many places to eat and little shops. We found another record store and found my favorite Phantogram album, Eyelid Movies, and Jordan’s favorite album of all time (at the moment) Father John Misty’s I Love You Honeybear (!!!!!!)
Mike’s Crab House
To put it nicely, I have a healthy fear of crabs. Healthy as in life altering and anxiety inducing and I was not aware that crabs were the state bird of Maryland. Jeff and Julia told us we had to try them and it was all part of the experience so we … I swallowed my fear for 90 minutes. Literally.
It’s all very barbaric and strategic and hard work getting 10 – 12 bites of meat out of a whole crab that died 4 minutes ago and avoiding the mustard. No one really knows what the mustard is but it’s there and some people think it’s the best part. Messy. Tragic. The deed is done mostly with your hands. You’re allowed, however, a hammer for the arms and a knife for the penis (I am not kidding). Overall probably the strangest past time I’ve ever taken part in.
Washington D.C. Round Three
There were still two things in DC we wanted to do so we headed toward the Metro and not one person would ever know we didn’t know how to use one a week ago.
The National Air and Space Museum. To quote Jordan, this was “the coolest place he’s ever been in his life.” !!!! This was number two on our list of must see museums, as it is the largest collection of aircraft in the WORLD. Two stories of infinite information, it was really hard not to spend the entire day here. Some sights of interest:
- The space suit of Yuri Gargarian, first man in space
- The space suit of John Glenn, first American in space
- A life sized test Hubble Telescope (pic above)
- An actual Saturn V engine
- Buzz Aldrin’s moonsuit
- The original Wright Brothers’ aircraft (pic below)
- The Apollo 11 command module, Columbia (pic below)
Clearly, the space exhibits were far more interesting to me than the history of flight and war plane exhibits but Jordan really enjoyed it all and that made me so so so happy. I love seeing him amazed.
- One of the four original copies of the 1297 Magna Carta
- The original Articles of Confederation
- The original Declaration of Independence (no longer readable)
- The original Constitution of the United States (all 4 pages, VERY readable)
- The original Bill of Rights (no longer readable)
- A facsimile of The Emancipation Proclamation (original on display few days out of the year)
- Original documents and written petitions during woman’s suffrage and The Equal Rights Act
- The Margaret Sanger letters (notably Margaret Higgins Sanger, original birth control babe)
- Rosa Parks’ fingerprints from her famous arrest
- The original Patriot Act (with an insert that talked down on Ed Snowden but wouldn’t say his name. Major eye roll. Major eye roll to this entire piece of shit anyway while we’re at it)
We literally ran out of time there but we got a cool mug and chocolate sticks made from an 18th century recipe.
In addition to the above, the four of us went on a mini pub crawl that evening. There was even a haunted pub crawl proposed but we had to decline because we were leaving early the next morning. (I would have LOVED to do that)
On Sunday, we made our way back home to our little place in Birmingham with various touristy mugs and shot glasses and magnets for our ever growing collection of places we’ve been. This trip added Virgina and Maryland (and DC since they voted towards statehood last week) to our list of visited, totaling 14 (15) states in three years of marriage. As I said before, this was the trip of my DREAMS and I enjoyed every second of it that I wasn’t terrified of crabs.