Thursday, September 25, 2014

2014-09-22 Annapolis

We are still at Ramblin Rose Campground in Woodbine, MD.

Our week near Baltimore is coming to an end. Today is for vegetating, cleaning, this blog, and getting ready to leave in the morning to go a little further south.

On Monday, the 22nd we drove the Jeep to Annapolis, MD to tour the State House and the US Naval Academy. It was a full day of sightseeing  First stop was at the Visitor Center to find parking. Of course we still had to pay to park in a parking garage, but we were able to walk to both of our destinations.

This is our first view of the State House. Annapolis, MD Statehouse. Of course that was not the only picture of the outside that I took. Annapolis, MD Statehouse Annapolis, MD Statehouse . The Maryland Statehouse was built in 1772-1779, and was used as the capitol of the US from November 26, 1783 to August 13, 1784. It was also the place where George Washington resigned his Commission from the Continental Congress as Commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. Annapolis, MD Statehouse. Next are pictures of the House of Delegates Chamber and the Senate Chamber which have been used since 1906. Annapolis, MD Statehouse Annapolis, MD Statehouse

Next, we walked down the hill to towards the Naval Academy. Along the way, we saw this flag hanging from an upstairs window, just a couple blocks from the US Naval Academy, apparently owned by an Army Fan. It says “Go Army, Beat Navy”. DSC03005. The US Naval Academy US Naval Academy has a student body of about 4,500 Midshipmen. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the Naval Academy, since he retired from being an instructor at the Academy. After a few stops we arrived at Bancroft Hall,named after the founder of the Naval Academy, George Bancroft, former US Secretary of the Navy, for the weekday noon before marching to lunch. All 4,500 of them gather for announcements in front of their dormm. US Naval Academy. Then they marched in to eat lunch all together, to the tune of “Scotland the Brave” played by their Pipe Band. Our guide said they cycle through 3 different groups. The guided tour ended at The Crypt and Chapel.  The tour ended at the Crypt and Chapel. (Note: Theodore Roosevelt decided that the Naval Academy needed to have a hero buried under the chapel . So he had the Ambassador to France find where his body was buried, and then have it shipped to Annapolis. These are pictures of the Chapel and Crypt. US Naval Academy US Naval Academy US Naval Academy US Naval Academy US Naval Academy. After our guided tour was over, we went to the museum. US Naval Academy.

It was now about 2pm, so after leaving the Academy we needed lunch. The young lady at the harbor information booth suggested McGuire's Restaurant. McGarvey's Restaurant, Annapolis, MD. Marilyn and I each had crab cakes; 2 for he and a sandwich for me.


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