Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Having no car means I haven't really gotten too far outside DC's Metro range since I've been here. So I jumped at the chance to go see Annapolis last weekend with the No Kidding1 group.

Annapolis is the capitol city of Maryland. It's also one of the older cities in the country. They work very hard to maintain that appearance. I didn't see much of the residential area. We spent all our time down in the historical, tourist district. The sidewalks are mostly uneven brick which must just play hell with the skateboarders. The shops are small and zoned to keep out most big chain stores. There were some Starbucks, a Subway, and some chain ice cream place but they were overwhelmed by the non-chain ice cream, restauraunts, pubs, clothing stores, craft shops, etc.

We toured a restored house and garden that once belonged to William Paca. Paca was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

We took a short, 40 minute, boat tour up and down the bay to check out the neighborhood. There are lots of other, much longer, boat tours.

A day trip out there may be an option for people who are on their 5th or 6th visit to DC and have exhausted even the Postal Museum as places to visit.

1No Kidding is a social group for people who don't have/want children.

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