6.3.12 – Birthday Weekend in Baltimore

3 Jun

Since you all have probably realized by now that Kyle serves in more of a “supervisory capacity” for this blog operation, I will take a moment to say how blessed I am to have him as my husband. He planned a little Baltimore get-away for my birthday. We had an action-packed, super-fun overnight stay, and we have lots of pictures to prove it!

Friday afternoon we made the drive down to our hotel called The Inn at Henderson’s Wharf. It is located on cobblestone streets in the heart of the marina, and all of the rooms come with a pretty cool view. After we got settled in, we hustled outside to get pics and head to dinner before the rain started. We decided to try Thames Street Oyster House, which turned out to be pretty amazing. We shared the lobster mac ‘n cheese to start. Kyle tried the highly reviewed lobster roll while I had the crab cake. Everything was delicious! Since it was my birthday, I couldn’t go back to the hotel without dessert, so we hit up the Maggie Moo’s for an ice cream sundae treat. At this point, it was quite stormy and rainy outside, so we headed back to the hotel to watch Bad Teacher (pretty lame movie) and get rested up the next day.

We woke up to some gorgeous weather on Saturday morning. With Yelp! as our guide, we decided to get breakfast at the Blue Moon Cafe. We had to wait about 30 minutes for a table (which we figured was a good sign). We both went for the Full Moon (pancakes/french toast, eggs, and bacon). I tried the Cap ‘n Crunch battered french toast (divine!) while Kyle went for the banana pancakes. It was so yummy!

With our bellies full, we parked our car in Little Italy (where we would end the day) and walked over to the National Aquarium. For $30 admission, we decided it was a lot of fluff and not a lot of stuff. Needless to say, we weren’t overly impressed. It was fun, but it was basically your run-of-the-mill aquarium with nothing super spectacular. I hate to say it, but we have been to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Aquarium in Gatlinburg, TN and found it to be more impressive.

Next stop was exploring a little history. The marina has five different historic boats available for touring, and we chose to do the two boat tour and settled on the USCGC Taney and the  USS Constellation. The Taney is known as the last survivor of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and went on to serve in WWII, Vietnam, and Korea and as a Coast Guard cutter. It was built in Philadelphia! The USS Constellation was built in 1797 and is the oldest Navy ship still in existence – pretty incredible. We got to explore quite a bit of both ships. I’m not sure how our Navy service men and women do it – pretty snug quarters!

We grabbed a quick salad after our boat tours, which wasn’t really worth mentioning (Tir Na Nog). Then we tried to check out the lighthouse, but it was closed for some reason. Instead we explored a Barnes & Noble built in the old Power Plant (pretty cool!), made a quick stop at the Baby Gap :), and headed to our dinner reservations in Little Italy. On the way there, we walked by the Flag House and snapped a couple of pics. We ate at La Tavola. The service was excellent and the food was pretty tasty too. Kyle decided his pasta portion wasn’t big enough for his marathon training run, so we also stopped at Noodles & Co. (we’ve been missing that place!). At this point, we were exhausted and ready to head home.

Kyle ran 18.5 hilly miles with his buddy Ian this morning – less than two weeks until his marathon! He is now snoring next to me. :) We are just going to take it easy today, which is fine by me!

Thank you everyone for your birthday wishes! Kyle made sure I had a really special birthday despite being so far away from all of you. Here are some pics from our Baltimore adventure:

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