The day began with a brief ride on the GW Parkway, at the end of which lies Mt Vernon. I wish I’d had time to stop and visit George’s home, but even though I try to remain spontaneous on the annual bike trip, I knew I had to get on down the road.
Just a few words about the George Washington Memorial Parkway: The almost 40 mile long road, maintained by the National Park Service, is a scenic, commemorative route that features historical monuments of national significance. The GW Parkway provides protection and habitat for many species that are endangered.
The Parkway curves along the Potomac River and I just had to stop to shoot some photos. And THIS is when I wish I had a better camera and more skill. It was an overcast morning and the DC haze made photography challenging (at least for me).
I was only on the GW Parkway for 14 miles, but it was a lovely way to start the day.
The first challenge upon arriving in Annapolis was trying to decide where to eat! I arrived in time for lunch and the downtown historic area was packed with restaurants. Finding parking nearby was the real concern since all my belongings were strapped to the back of the bike. The Federal House, established in 1835, fit the bill for food and parking, and their award winning Cream of Crab soup and a pint of the Federal House Golden Ale hit the spot perfectly!
Next up was to find a place to stay so I could get the bike and my gear off the street. Since this was to be my only night of the trip to have to pay for a room, I let myself splurge a bit. Len, at the Visitors Center, directed me to Gibson’s Lodgings of Annapolis, a beautiful B&B with off street parking, located right in the heart of the historic area.
The innkeepers could not have been more welcoming! Within moments of stepping in the door, I had a cold bottle of water in my hand and was tasting a fresh, homemade sweet treat. Each encounter with these folks made me feel cared for.
Summaring Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, in one blog post is challenging. It’s 350 year history, architecture, dining, and waterfront made for some fun times with the camera. I walked for hours, exploring much of the 8 square miles of the city, and still left much to be discovered on my next visit.
The United States Naval Academy
The Annapolis National Cemetery, one of 147 cemeteries nationally, a system of cemeteries established in 1862 for soldiers who have died in the service of the country.
The Maryland State House, built from 1772-1779, is the oldest state house still in legislative use, and is a Registered National Historic Landmark.
Annapolis is just full of beautiful sights to photograph, especially along the waterfront.
And then there is all the brick! What is it about brick that appeals to me? The color? That it ages so beautifully?
Brick even makes my dirty bike look better!
The day ended with a meal on the dock. Black Bean soup, Crab Cake, and red wine. Music in the background, and the lights of this small city reflected on the water made the evening just about perfect.
A final walk back to the B&B and it was pure contentment in Annapolis!