It's Weird Down Here!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

It was another beautiful day, and we decided to have a "vacation" in Baltimore one day at a time. We recently visited Fell's Point, and this day it was our own Inner Harbor

Dragon Paddle Boats Baltimore

Baltimore Water Taxi

We slipped into a convenient parking space and proceeded to act like tourists, enjoying the sights along the waterfront. The dragon paddle boats are always popular in the summer, and there's a water taxi for those of us who prefer to let an engine do the paddling. Baltimore's World Trade Center soars above the harbor, with a 27th floor observation deck for stunning views. Moored down below along the harbor are historic ships that are National Historic Landmarks and also serve as living classrooms.

Coast Guard Cutter in Baltimore

USS ConstellationThe queen of the harbor is, of course, the USS Constellation. She is the last all-sail warship built by the U.S. Navy, and the last Civil War era vessel still afloat. The ship is open year-round and offers a variety of special educational tours. Youngsters enjoy the Powder Monkey Tour that includes some hands-on learning of what it was like for boys 11 to 18 who served on warships in mid-19th century America.

A bit further along the harbor is the U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Taney, a veteran of Pearl Harbor, and the only surviving vessel still afloat of the 101 that were present and fought during the attack on December 7, 1941. She went on to serve in the Okinawa campaign, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and in the war on drugs in the Caribbean.

 

Lightship and Submarine Baltimore

And then moored at another pier are the Lightship Chesapeake and the submarine USS Torsk. Once there were ships like Chesapeake anchored all along the coast, marking entrances to channels, and warning of hazards to navigation. The ships provided weather information and helped in rescue operations.  During World War II the ship was "drafted" and did harbor patrol duty near the entrance to the Cape Cod Canal in Massachusetts. With peace, Chesapeake came back to Maryland, then to the Delaware Bay until 1971 when she became an ocean-going environmental classroom for the National Park Service. She came home to Baltimore in 1981 to join the Baltimore Maritime Museum.

Its Weird Down Here Baltimore

The submarine Torsk was late getting into the action of World War II when commissioned in December 1944. She headed for the Pacific in early 1945 and took up patrol in the Sea of Japan. Her crew made history on August 14, 1945, when they sunk the last ship of World War II; less than 24 hours later hostilities ended. Until her retirement in 1967, Torsk was in the Atlantic and Mediterranean fleets, and was part of the blockade keeping Soviet missiles out of Cuba in 1962.

The National Aquarium is worth a day trip itself. Visit Australia, experience a tropical rain forest, and enjoy the dolphin show, all in the glass pyramid buildings on Pier 4. That sign, "It's Weird Down Here" is advertising the strange fish you can find at the aquarium.

No Parking On SidewalkClose CallWe didn't realize just how right that sign was until we were headed back to our car. Just as we stepped out from a building entrance we heard the sickening crunch of metal on metal as two SUV's collided just feet from us. One of them ran up on the sidewalk, took out a huge light pole, threw it's bumper in our direction, and ended up way too close for comfort. We had to jump to get out of the way of flying debris – talk about scary! Fortunately, no one was hurt, but it is definitely weird down here!

We were leaving any way, but after that it was time to head home. Even with that unwelcome adrenaline rush, we still enjoyed our one-day vacation. When you visit Baltimore, be sure to plan on spending some time walking along the harbor. I promise – SUV's on the sidewalk really are quite rare.

AR

 

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Jennifer Fivelsdal
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Margaret,

The dragon paddle boat looks like a great way to see the waterfront.  Somehow that's not the type of boats I would expect to see in Baltimore but in the Fareast. 

 

Jul 21, 2007 04:22 PM #1
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Jennifer, There are also the "plain"  paddle boats but these colorful ones are a hit!
Jul 21, 2007 04:58 PM #2
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How beautiful and fun.  I am sorry it ended on a scary note!
Jul 21, 2007 05:27 PM #3
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Dawn,

We really enjoyed the day and felt very fortunate to be only "scared".

Jul 21, 2007 05:51 PM #4
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I saw the picture before I read your comment and wondering why there was a bumper on the ground.  That is a little scary.  Other than the near miss it sounded like a nice day.
Jul 21, 2007 07:01 PM #5
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Missy Caulk
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Margaret, too close for comfort. Car wrecks are awful and I am going through one right now that my daughter was involved with. Glad you missed it !
Jul 21, 2007 10:27 PM #6
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Neal Bloom
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Nice photos Margaret...looks like you took some time with this piece..good for localism.
Jul 21, 2007 11:53 PM #7
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Chris Griffith
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So I'm looking at those swans and trying to figure out why they look so weird with cloudy contacts.  Then...Oh, they're BOATS, with people in them!   This looks like such a fun place to visit.  Even a day trip for nearby towns.

Yesterday, we just hopped in the car and ran over to Fort Lauderdale, just for kicks like this.

Jul 22, 2007 12:33 AM #8
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Margaret - We loved this harbor area when we visited.  We didn't make it into the Aquarium, the lines were too long that day and we had already had planned on visiting the Children's Museum, which is really great too by the way.  If we had more time, we would have visited the Aquarium too. 
Jul 22, 2007 01:23 AM #9
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Linda Scanlan
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Margaret, you take such great pictures! I'm glad you are having fun rediscovering where you live. Sometimes the best vacation is no vacation!

Glad you weren't injured when those SUV's collided!

Jul 22, 2007 01:53 AM #10
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The SUV, OK that's kinda weird but I'm glad every one is OK. Do you know that every time you write about the water I'm jealous? Serves my right, I live in a land locked state!
Jul 22, 2007 10:00 AM #11
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mama--tell your people that you can buy aquarium tickets online ahead of time, and you get to pick your entry time and skip the lines.  http://www.aqua.org/buytickets.html

is rata a fruit?
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Randy, That bumper was too close for comfort. We did enjoy the day.

Missy, How are you and your daughter?

Neal, Enjoyed walking and talking with you, not once but twice today!

Chris, Yep they are boats!  We all have places close to home that we can "vacation'' for a day.

Steve,Take a look at erica's comment above and be sure to let me know when you are in our town!

Linda, Thank you,  I enjoy taking the pictures.... and me too!

Dena, Don't be jealous. You can always visit the water!

erica, Good suggestion to buy the tickets on line. Think rata is a kind of tree.

Jul 22, 2007 04:08 PM #13
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