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Fun excursions or other little trips we take.

 

Rock Hall

Friday, August 5th, 2011

We spent one of the past weekends exploring the small eastern shore town of Rock Hall with my mom and dad.  The little harbor town really surprised us with it’s quaint homes and “bayshore” atmosphere.

During our route to Rock Hall, we stopped in “The Narrows”, along Rt 50 after the bay bridge.  The Narrows restaurant was a nice midway stop along the drive (maybe 1 hour from Baltimore).  We stopped there because I had heard about their Chesapeake Bay crab cakes.  They were excellent, as were the drinks and crab dip.

In Rock Hall, we stayed at the Black Duck Inn.  The owner (I forget her name), had a wealth of information about the area and pointed us to the Harbor Shack and Waterman’s Crab House for our meals.  Both places had delicious food, but the heat was quite unbearable.  While eating dinner at Waterman’s at 8pm, the temperatures were likely still above 95.  This wasn’t the restaurant’s fault, mind you.  The weekend we were there, BWI hit record temperatures.

For breakfast, we ate at the Black Duck Inn’s dockside cafe.

Dad and I also got a chance to ride along for a sail cruise into the bay with Blue Crab Charters (http://www.bluecrabcharters.com/).  Captain Mark was a blast, as we enjoyed chatting and shooting the “cannon” at the powerboats that got too close!

The Big West Overland Tour

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

This has been a long time coming, but as the time draws nearer I feel compelled to at least begin a post about it.

The general layout of the trip is a 2 week jaunt from Maryland out to Colorado, Utah, and Arizona (maybe New Mexico for literally a minute).

We’ll spit our time between hotels and campsites. There’s another key portion to the trip though – restaurants. We both enjoy little holes in the wall that have great food (we watch triple D when we can – for those in the know).  The plan is to speed out of the east along 64, then swap to 70 in St. Louis. We’re hoping to make our way to Denver (maybe Estes Park) in two long days of tag-team driving. From there, Moab, White Rim, Zion, Grand Canyon, Navajo Nation, Mesa Verde, Alpine Loop, before returning to I-70. It’s a bit of a stretch for two weeks, but I think it can be done with relative relaxation.  Who knows, we may end up skipping some spots.

If anyone has any input on the plans – suggestions as to a route – places to stop – hotels – campsites – restaurants – tips… by all means, please share.

Below is a rough estimate of our route so far:

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The thumbnails below represent glimpses of what we’re hoping to see along the way.

B – Estes Park, CO (Trail ridge road)
C – Moab, UT (White Rim trail)
D – Zion NP
E – Grand Canyon (North Rim)
F – Monument Valley
G – Four Corners area (Mesa Verde)
H – Ouray, CO (Million dollar highway)
I – Lake City, CO (Engineer Pass)
J – Colorado Springs, CO