Ride the Duck!Posted: May 5, 2008
We had a great weekend visiting family in Baltimore. It’s rare these days that we can get all six cousins together. Part of it is geography — New York, Virginia, Michigan. And part of it is the pesky fact that I have to work on weekends — I couldn’t seem to negotiate this out of my contract. We met our newest niece, Rowan (no relationship to Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams), for the first time this weekend and she’s already eight months old!
One of the highlights was to “Ride The Duck.” Oh, alright, I’ll explain. The Duck is a sightseeing operation that tours around Baltimore. When you buy the tickets they give everybody bright yellow quackers so you can quack at people as you pass by. Whoever dreamed this up obviously never had kids. Or maybe they had a bitter childhood and determined to torture other parents for a living. Needless to say my ears are still ringing. Or quacking to be precise.
The amazing thing about The Duck is that it is both a bus and a boat. So after pointing out a few highlights, like Edgar Allen Poe’s grave, it suddenly went down a ramp and motored around the Inner Harbor. Pretty nifty. I’m looking into converting my Honda CRV into an SUV/boat. That way I could offer someone a ride, pretend to lose control, and drive into the Hudson River. Oh, the hilarity!
Finally, a few Highlights and Lowlights of our weekend in Baltimore:
Highlight: 3 and a 1/2 hour trip down on Friday morning was the first long car ride without needing to stop.
Lowlight: Trip back took 5 hours thanks to construction in Delaware and the George Washington Bridge.
Highlight: Great Sunday brunch at the Renaissance Hotel with a view overlooking the Inner Harbor.
Lowlight: Missed getting to church.
Highlight: Could see Ravens Stadium from the hotel room.
Lowlight: The Orioles were out of town, losing in Anaheim.
Highlight: All the cousins got along famously.
Lowlight: Having to pull them apart made our boys cranky for the ride home.
Highlight: Crab and bacon omelet for brunch on Sunday.
Lowlight: Cheddar cheese Combos and water for lunch on the long drive home.
Highlight: A great weekend away.
Lowlight: Next weekend off isn’t until August.