S: Summer Vacation 2012
BC: July 2012
FC: Our Summer Vacation 2012 | Our Summer Vacation 2012
1: We spent our summer vacation in Baltimore, Maryland and Washington D.C. | We took our summer vacation in conjunction with our trip to Baltimore (Morgan State University) for your participation in the National Junior Olympics. Although we have taken many trips in a car this was the first trip on an airplane for you and Marley. You were a little nervous about the plane but soon after take off you handled it like you have flown a million times. Marley did so great on the plane. She sat in her seat the entire time and was not a bit afraid of anything. This trip saw so much growth in both you and Marley. It was almost like overnight you both became so grown up! I watched as other parents struggled with their children but you and Marley were so well behaved! We visited Baltimore and Washington D. C. during our trip. You and Marley experienced riding on a plane for the first time, on a light rail train, on a train and on a subway! What an adventure you two had! | July 23 - August 1, 2012
2: Arriving at the airport (Phoenix International) for our flight to Philadelphia.
3: Arriving in Philadelphia!
4: Morgan State University Baltimore, Maryland | Our first stop was Morgan State University so you could compete in the National Junior Olympics.
5: Parade of Athletes | Opening Ceremony
6: Parade of Athletes
8: In January, 1955 students at Morgan State University staged a protest at Reed's Drugstore on Howard and Lexington Street in Baltimore, demanding that African Americans be served. At the time of the protest only white people were served at the lunch counters at the drug store. Blacks were not allowed to sit and eat inside the store like the white people were. | The protest worked and later that month Reed's Drugstores across Baltimore began serving all patrons, black and white | History
9: Morgan State University | The original bar stools from the lunch counter at Reed'S Drugstore
10: "Driving" the rental car!
11: National Junior Olympics Award Ceremony
12: All American National Junior Elite Athlete | 100 Meter Dash 8th in the Nation!
13: Handsome little man!
15: Baltimore Inner Harbor
16: We took the light rail from our hotel into the Inner Harbor. What a beautiful place the harbor is. You guys enjoyed riding the light rail for the first time- what an experience it is. Once we reached our destination we had to walk several blocks to the inner harbor. It was quite a walk! We started seeing people dressed in all kinds of strange outfits. Some were dressed like animals, super hero's and other strange creatures I cannot even begin to describe! We found out there was a convention going on for "animated characters".
17: Inner Harbor, Baltimore
18: Just one of the many strange "creatures" we encountered along the walking path of the Inner Harbor!
19: Taking a break
22: Enjoying a little play time
26: This was one of your favorite things at the harbor
27: So many strange things to see...
28: So Beautiful
29: We took a ride on the "Dragon Boats" Nigel was our Captain and got us safely around the harbor!
30: Dragon Boats
32: We also visited the USS Constellation
33: USS Constellation was constructed in 1854. It is what is called a "sloop-of-war" and was the second United States Navy ship to carry this famous name. The USS Constellation is the last sail-only warship designed and built by the U.S. Navy. The sloop was launched on 26 August 1854 and commissioned on 28 July 1855 with Captain Charles H. Bell in command. From 1855-1858 Constellation performed largely diplomatic duties as part of the US Mediterranean Squadron. She was flagship of the USN African Squadron from 1859-1861. In this period she disrupted the African slave trade by interdicting three slave ships and releasing the imprisoned Africans. On September 26, 1860, the Constellation captured the "fast little bark" Cora with 705 slaves, who were set free in Monrovia, Liberia. On May 21, 1861, the Constellation overpowered the slaver brig Triton in African coastal waters. It held no slaves, although "every preparation for their reception had been made." Constellation was decommissioned on 4 February 1955 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 15 August 1955 — about 100 years and 2 weeks from her first commissioning. She was taken to her permanent berth — Constellation Dock, Inner Harbor at Pier 1, 301 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland ( WikiMiniAtlas She is the last existing American Civil War-era naval vessel and was one of the last sail-powered warships built by the U.S. Navy.
38: Off to Washington D.C
39: Papa decided to sit out the museum visits and waited for us...
40: The Washington Monument | The Washington Monument, a memorial to George Washington, our first President, is the most prominent landmark in Washington D. C. and stands as a centerpiece in the National Mall.
41: Natural History Museum
42: National Museum of American History
44: I had planned to take you to some of the monuments however when we left the National Museum of American History there was an unexpected downpour of rain! Caught everyone by surprise. We bought some raincoats and decided that was the end of our Washington D.C. tour! Maybe next time we can visit some of the monuments.
45: The "MARC" train that took us into Union Station for our visit to Washington D.C. | Union Station | Washington D.C. subway
46: Home Again | After 10 long days in Baltimore and Washington D.C. we headed home again... | What a wonderful adventurous vacation we had!