Everyone should get a whole week of fun for their birthday. It just seems like the right thing to do. This year for my birthday week I spent it in both Washington, DC and Baltimore seeing visiting family and hanging out with friends. In my last post I talked about all the fun things we did in Washington, DC. But midway through my birthday week we rustled up the bunch of us and came up to Baltimore.
Fort McHenry’s prices have gone up! Whoa! It is was $15 per adult but most kids are free. The last time I was there it was $7-8 but they did just redo the Visitor’s Center. Luckily my brother-in-law who previously stated he did not have his National Park Pass with him did some digging in his wallet and found this sacred item!
I did have a National Park Pass the year BC and I drove out West and went to 12 National Parks. I should have bought one this year too. I’ve already been to two places I could have used it.
It’s Cherry Blossom season at Fort McHenry too!
There was a weird Abraham Lincoln impersonator (hat, beard, overcoat and all) at Ft. McHenry who was visiting with his family. It was very strange because he was referring to himself as the real Abe Lincoln (with his flip flop and jeans clad children) and he doesn’t quite fit the time period of the Fort’s heyday and Battle of Baltimore. My nieces and nephew were all whispering “Isn’t he the one who died at the theatre in DC we were just at”. Yes, this is the one.
After our third rendition of the Star Spangled Banner we drove to Federal Hill overlooking the Inner Harbor for some Baltimore views. Down in the Inner Harbor it was a little less windy and somewhat pleasant for a walk around to the USS Constellation.
The Baltimore Aquarium was fantastic as usual. The jelly fish, colorful frogs, and the sharks are my favorite exhibits.
And then of course there was seafood to be eaten. We had crabs, crab dip, crab pretzels, crab cakes, clams, shrimp, and oysters while my family was visiting. We ate well.
Someone was too tired to eat one meal.
On my actual birthday day, after they all flew home and I had an amazing day with my free birthday Starbucks, sushi lunch with BC filled with my favorite sushi and takoyaki.
Takoyaki is basically fried octopus spheres. They are delicious!
BC and I always have to get 2 eel rolls or we end up fighting over them. Also pictured is the Maryland crab roll (with real crab obviously) and a volcano roll.
Birthday happy hour included wine tasting reds from the Rhone Valley, France.
And later despite random 5 minute hailstorm (!), we met up with a few other friends for dinner and drinks.
It was a great birthday week!