Monday, May 23, 2011

In The Garden

Finally a chance to get the garden tilled and plants in the ground. I am begining to think we picked a bad year to start a farmers market booth, it will be August before we have product! The nephew was in town so had to be part of the action. We have gone back and forth with a name for this new venture and then it came clear, "Uncle Andy's Garden".

He really wasn't much help, after digging one hole he was more interested in finding sticks and old garden markers!

Regardless we all had fun!

His next venture was our new fountain, he enjoyed putting in rocks and adding the bubble container, thank heavens he could not get the lid off as we do not need real bubbles in the bubbler!

Ended the day with a snack!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Planes, Trains, Automobiles, and Boats!

I had the opportunity to travel to Baltimore for work a couple of weeks ago.  One evening we had "free" time for dinner on our own.  This was my third trip to Baltimore in as many years so I took the opportunity to venture out a bit.  A good friend of mine from college lives in Philadelphia so I headed there for dinner!

I like to take public transportation when possible and the city offered a free bus that would take me right to the train station.
A short trip to the train station and I as ready for the hour trip via Amtrak to Philly!

My friend Char welcomed me at the train station and became a great tour guide.  My first stop was the Liberty Bell.

There was a long line to get in, turns out that was just to get through security.  Once we were in we were able to walk right up.  I was really surprised at how small it really was!
A quick walking tour we also got to see where Ben Franklin was buried, Independence Hall, and the US Mint!

We ended the visit with dinner and catching up on old times.

I then headed back to Baltimore via the train, hoped into a taxi and got back to the hotel!  It was a super quick trip but lots of fun.  I would love to go back some time and take in all the sights and history that the area holds.

Our hotel in Baltimore was right at the inner harbor, so we got a chance to take the water taxi to Fells Point.

The conference also offered tours so I got a bus trip out of the deal as well.  The highlight was to cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, it was huge!
But as with any trip it is nice to get back on a plane and head home! 

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