Quiet By Nature
For a girl who has been anywhere, I was pleasantly surprised when a friend invited me to tag along on a trip to Baltimore. I laugh when I think about it. When I first received the invitation, I didn’t believe it to real. After being asked again to ensure me that the invitation was a firm one, I began considering the possibilities but still had reservations since financially I knew that I could not afford the trip. God is really better to me than I deserve – little by little things began falling into place and before the day was over, I was on my way to Baltimore, Maryland. AMAZING! Not that it was Baltimore, but that I would be going somewhere and in the process would be able to spend time with someone that I simply adore. I didn’t have time to think it all through – as soon as I knew that I would be going; I hurried home, packed a small bag (a pairs of pants, a shirt, a skirt and blouse, sleeping attire, swim suit, pair of sandals, pair of tennis shoes, and toiletries). I should have thought this through a bit more, but again, I have never been anywhere other than to visit family (back home). My excitement level was out the roof. I made arrangements with family to take me to the airport and was surprised when I arrived to find that I would be flying, first class.
God has blessed me to know some beautiful and giving people but I never imagined a summer tour (on a whim- no less). I arrived at BWI Airport, late but was able to see so much on my way to the hotel. The cab driver was gracious enough to tell me a little about Baltimore after asking if I had been there before. As I arrived at the hotel my friend was awaiting my arrival in the Lobby. I veered out the window of the cab and caught a glimpse of his face; the thing that I do naturally, every time that I get to see him, is to smile. I am sure that it was ear-to-ear. The taxi driver was still speaking to me, but it was as if he were speaking a different language. I had accidentally tuned him out as I noticed my friend opening the door to allow me to exit the vehicle. I was beyond excited could have jumped all over him but it was all that I could do to contain myself.
It was difficult for me to sleep – my heart was beating fast and I wanted to talk about all the sites that I had seen on the way, but
I am sure since he is used to flying and traveling all the time – it may not have been as joyful to him. Somehow or another I finally drifted off and when I awoke on the next day, I realized that I had a lot of ground to cover in a short time. Technically although I had arrived yesterday – I would be leaving the next morning and would need to make the best of everything I would take in today. Needless to say it didn’t turn out as I had hoped as my thought was to take the bus Penn station and spend a few hours in D.C.; I would then come back to visit the Harbor. My friend on his way out for business, left spending money and had even given me ideas of things to do.
As I entered the free Charm City Circulator (free bus), I asked the driver about getting to DC and of course, he began asking if I had seen the Harbor yet. I mentioned that I would be doing that later in the afternoon. He encouraged me that I might want to view the Harbor 1st and then D.C. I should have stuck with my own plan but I found myself exiting the bus and heading over to the harbor. Now as mentioned I was giving spending money but it never dawned on me to take a cab to Penn station. I don’t take cabs where I am from and have never traveled so it never even crossed my mind. When I met with my friend later that evening and he asked about it, I think that I was too embarrassed to say that I just didn’t think about it. The trip would have been so much more effective and fun had I done that. I, however, ended up walking over 10 miles of the Harbor and the streets of Baltimore – visiting museums and various sites. I took a few water tours and ended up in places that would not allow me to take pictures but in all I did well by myself – for the first time. Here a few places that I was able to see and take a quick snap shot of. I do want to add – that I know that I fit the description of a tourist on every level. There were some nice people in Baltimore as there were a few who walked, talked and even provided important information about the city. There was one man who had the day off who decided to walk with me for a little over an hour. The temperature was a smooth 79° and overcast when I began my tour and no humidity in site. As I moved through the day, I totally forgot to have breakfast and lunch – I wanted to see and do everything and ended up losing track of time and never made it back to the Charm City Bus so that I could take my tour of D.C. I missed my opportunity – which kind of makes me a little sad, but I refuse to have regrets about the trip.
Bubba Gumps Baltimore
Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Michael Jackson Impersonator (Full Concert on the Harbor)
Phoenix Shot Tower – Shot for rifles was made in the “Shot Tower.” Hot lead was dropped from the top of the tower into a tub of water at the bottom. The lead droplets, formed into perfect bubbles, cooled and hardened as they fell into the cooling tub of water below.
The Trade Center (The City View from 27th Floor)
Reginald F Lewis Museum
Took a Quick Water Taxi Tour (Outside the Harbor)
Returned to my room to enjoy a nice hot shower, and then to the 7th floor to chill in the salt water pool.
That evening I met up with my friend and we had dinner at the Blue Agave (Mexican). Baltimore Restaurant week was going on in the city but we did not participate. I was not that hungry.
I would need to be up by 4 am to catch a taxi to the aiport the next morning. Before heading off to bed to dream about the day, I was able to chit chat with my friend for a brief minute. I would have enjoyed the day so much more had I been able to spend time with with him, but duty calls and I believe in the long run the journey happened just as it was supposed to. No regrets. I had planned to try crab cakes, see Washington DC, and a handful of other things, but my day was full. Never in a million years would I have thought that I would have a free trip to Baltimore to see everything that I could possibly see in one day. WOW FUN! I am totally grateful and exhausted.