Tuesday, August 05, 2008
I Heart Baltimore
Most of our family trips involved a direct line to three places: North Topsail Beach, cabins in Ashe county or going home.
Going west or east in the state of North Carolina, there's not much to see. Sure on the way to the mountains to get to pass by Winston-Salem which at least gives the kids something to look at besides trees and going east you get, well, you get to see not much of anything.
So when we saddled up to do vacation this year, the kids were jazzed at the prospect of staring off out their windows at something else.
They screamed when we entered the Harbor Tunnel in Baltimore. They've heard the stories for years about Baltimore from my wife and I. Both of us went to school at Towson University which is located north of Baltimore.
I used to ride my mountain bike down Charles Street into the city and people watch at the Inner Harbor or maybe take a trip to the seedy side of town.
When were were courting, you could often find my wife and I seeing hair metal bands at Hammerjacks . I think we saw Slayer there. I remember I almost got thrown over the balcony's railing because apparently where I was standing had good sight lines and some metal head wanted that spot.
And of course they had heard many (censored versions) of rugby tales over the years that involve the Charm City.
So when we saw the city's skyline on the horizon with the harbor to the right of us, we debriefed the boys that the tunnel was a-coming.
If you find yourself with some time on your hands in Baltimore, don't forget to get yourself some pie from Rodney.