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Fort Delaware State Park

Delaware City traces its roots to the 1820’s. A channel is created connecting the Chesapeake Bay and the Delaware River. The founders envision a budding metropolis capitalizing on the newly created shipping channel, however, the advent of the railroad soon derails those dreams. Build it and they will come While the city’s growth didn’t quite live up to expectations, it did grow into a charming community of tree-lined streets, riverside park, shops, restaurants, motel, and ferry. This is where I board the ferry for the 1/2 mile trip across the Delaware River. My destination is Pea Patch Island and Fort Delaware State[…]

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Wilmington, DE

Wilmington, a major financial center for credit card issuers, has a pretty impressive skyline for a city of just over 70,00 people. The city is built on the site of Fort Christina, the first Swedish settlement in North America. It is at the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine River, near where the Christina flows into the Delaware River. With all this water I’m thinking there has to be some good seafood around. A Google search reveals that Banks Seafood Kitchen is in RiverFront Market along the river. Sounds Perfect! Oy, Oysters[…]

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Philadelphia and US Constitution

Shamefully, I must admit that I am not 100% of the connection between Philadelphia and the US Constitution.  I do know that the Liberty Bell is here and I’ve always wanted to see the thing.   Even if my recollection of its significance is a bit fuzzy too. Brotherly Love I’m always a bit apprehensive about big cities and have never even been to Philidelphia. I elect to take a guided history tour of the city.  Along with 8 other people, we board a van from the campground 45 minutes from Philly.  Immediately our[…]

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United States Naval Academy – Annapolis, MD

Though I recently swore allegiance to the Air Force after a visit to their academy in Colorado Springs, no trip to Annapolis is complete without visiting the US Naval Academy. The Naval Academy campus spreads over 338 acres and is home to approximately 4,400 midshipmen.  The Academy is fittingly surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay, and the Severan and Magothy Rivers. Much of the academy is open to the public, but I opt to take a guided walking tour of “The Yard”. Call to Arms Our guide, Bill, clangs the bell in the visitor center to[…]

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Annapolis, MD – Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Maryland is the first of 12 states to designate an official state dog. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever, (named after the famous bay region of the breed’s origin), receives this honor in 1964. It’s also the mascot of the University of Maryland. Chesapeake Bay retrievers trace their history to two Newfoundland dogs rescued in 1807 from a shipwreck in Maryland (a red male named “Sailor” and a black female named “Canton”). Also called “Chessies,” Chesapeake Bay retrievers are willing to work under adverse weather and water conditions, even breaking ice during the[…]

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Goddard Space Flight Center – Greenbelt, MD

A stalled storm system has kept Maryland inundated in rain for the past few days and Hurricane Florence is inching closer to the Eastern Shore. Many things I hope to see and do on the Chesapeake Bay are taking a back seat. I do, however, decide to crawl out of my bunker and check out the Goddard Space Flight Center. Goddard is the largest of six NASA organizations of 10,000 scientists and engineers dedicated to increasing knowledge of Earth, solar systems, and the universe via observations from space. The Visitors Center is much more compact,[…]

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