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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sabbatical Trip Part 2 - Day 8

Last time I posted NYC was in the rear view mirror. We moved down the New Jersey Turnpike towards Annapolis, Maryland. Have you ever heard of highway robbery? That's basically what you run into on the NJ Turnpike! As I recall, it costs nearly $40 in tolls to get to Annapolis. At the first toll bridge in NY, we had no idea that we really needed to either purchase E-Z Pass or activate it on our rental car. This would have saved time and some money (not a lot). The non-toll option would have taken us deep into Pennsylvania, another 50 miles, and an extra hour of driving. If you are back east and use Google Maps, make sure to check the options button and look at avoiding tolls in the route options.

What I did like about the route was the bridges such as the Delaware Memorial Bridge taking us from NJ into Delaware:



And the mile and half Baltimore Harbor Tunnel under the Patapsco River:




Here's the 6 second video we made for our grandsons. I thoroughly enjoyed all the bridges on our trip!

That's pretty much it for the rest of Day 7. My apologies if you feel misled from by the blog title but I did have to end Day 7 and it really wasn't part of the NYC blogging! Besides, Day 8 was mostly laundry day so there's only a few pictures. You did need to know this - on a long trip, be sure to work in one laundry day!

I was a teenager last time I was in Annapolis and this was Scott's first time there so it was mostly new to us and we were very pleasantly surprised. Our main purpose was to see the US Naval Academy and to use Maryland's capital for a base to visit a couple of places in Baltimore.



Our photos of the harbor don't do it justice but here you go anyway:



 
And, we ran across a marker about America's favorite Frenchman, again, the Marquis De Lafayette. Just want to keep you up on your history.


This is taken at the Maryland State House. I'm sharing Lawyer's Mall  with the first African American to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Thurgood Marshall served our country as a justice from 1967 to 1991. The Maryland capital is in the background.





 The Maryland State Capital Building


 The Maryland Inn with a view of some
of the shops in the background. For some
of you who are from our area, we described
downtown Annapolis as being kind of like
St. Charles, MO, on steroids.


I loved how close to the street these old houses were. You had to be careful driving because at some of them, someone could step straight out of the house and onto the street!





That wraps of laundry day. Stay tuned for Day 9, June 16, 2017 - which happened to be our 33 anniversary.


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