Baltimore Vacation

October 2006

Wednesday, October 18th

Maryland Science Center

Dani and I started our day at the Maryland Science Center with its three floors of demonstrations to exercise your imagination and challenge your mind. We saw exciting combustible reactions, eye-boggling optical illusions and found out about lasers. Hands-on exhibits included a voyage through the human body and learning about how microbes work for us. Around every corner was another hands-on exhibit! Lots of fun for young and old!

Our first stop was the Dinosaur Mysteries with over a dozen full size dinasaurs and an opportunity to pretend we were archaeologists at a "dig".

  Here Dani is making dinasaur footprints in the sand pit.

Dani and I put together this dinosaur skeleton...but we must not have had it quite right as it would not stand up on its own!


Next we went to the IMAX theater to see "Deep Sea 3D". Armed with a bucket of popcorn and our 3D glasses we took a trip to the bottom of the sea. In this film objects seemed to leap off the screen, looking real enough to touch and making us feel like we were IN the movie!

There were lots of exhibits and games and science experiments to try. Here she is lying on a bed of nails!

They had an exhibit all about flight. 

Dani is trying to fly a plane by moving her body.

I especially enjoyed the Norman Rockwell Exhibit....being a long time fan of this slice of America...where these famous Saturday Evening Post covers were recreated!

Then we strolled around the Inner Harbor, wandering through the endless rows of shops and sharing an ice cream cone as we made our way to the launch site for . . .

Ride the Ducks!


With our quackers in hand (or mouth) we boarded this amphibious vehicle for a tour of the Inner land and by sea. 

While waiting for our duck to arrive, we were entertained by this street musician.

He played water jugs, 5 gallon buckets, tamborines and cymbals. He was pretty good, too!

Captain Matt gave us a fun and amusing tour of the City of Baltimore and the Inner Harbor.

We were each given a "quacker" and Captain Matt played familiar old songs for us to "quack" to.

When we quacked, various people would wave, and to get us to quack some people even quacked at us.

This is a statue outside the Washington Memorial.

This was a really beautiful, old church we saw while aboard the ducks on land.

This is a painting done by homeless women on the side of the "My Sister's Garden" women's homeless shelter.

This is where Edgar Allen Poe, his wife, and his mother-in-law are buried.

This is the Johnston River, a freshwater river, where years ago many ships would anchor to kill a salt water worm that would bore into the wooden hull of the ship.

We liked this sign on one of the pubs in Little Italy.

These are what the homes in Baltimore looked liked before the giant fire that destroyed much of downtown Baltimore.

This is the weather tower built by and used by the students of an alternative school.



The Domino Sugar sign over the Domino Sugar plant was the largest neon sign in the world until about 15 years ago.

This is a neat little lighthouse at the mouth of the Inner Harbor.

This is the Pier 6 Concert Pavillion, where many famous people perform.

These are condos where many of the Baltimore Orioles live.

This is the Rusty Scupper Restaurant. We were curious about what a "scupper" was and our waiter asked around and finally told us that it was a penguin.

This is the Coast Guard Cutter 37. It is the last U.S. ship that survived Pearl Harbor.

We learned that the Chesapeake stayed in the same spot for 25 years showing ships the way from the Atlantic Ocean to Baltimore.

This is a photo taken from the Inner Harbor.

After our tour, we stopped at Uno for dinner. What a beautiful view from our balcony table as the sun set!

As we strolled back to our car after dinner, we enjoyed the sight of Harbor Place all lit up at night. For anyone who loves to "Shop 'til you drop" this is truely a paradise!

Look at the size of the anchor Dani is sitting on! This is the anchor for the USS Constellation.

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