Thursday, April 28, 2016

Baecation ala Spring Break Style

Another baecation is in the books for the blue-eyed boy and I. Skiing in West Virginia was Round 1 and This time around for Round 2? Gettysburg, Washington D.C and Baltimore.

Perks of being a teacher include weeklong breaks in the Spring and Fall, in addition to Summer of course. These breaks are an optimum time to travel and satiate the wanderlust that runs rampant in my soul. Thankfully, the boy’s career allows him some flexibility and he was able to join me this break, hopefully the first of many *blush

My Dad conveniently lives and works in the MD/DC area, so he was able to play hospitable host. Having a free place to stay is obviously nice on the wallet, but being able to spend time with a Dad you only see a few times a year…well, you can’t really put a price on that. I’m a lucky girl.

Our adventure started on Tuesday night when we flew in on a late-evening flight from NashVegas to Baltimore.  Late arrival meant a rough, early morning wake-up call, but the weather on Wednesday was going to be lovely, albeit a little chilly, for a historical trip to Gettysburg. We were originally going on Thursday, but Mother Nature planned on making it a wet one… more on that later this post.

The boy booked us a two-hour guided tour of Gettysburg on horseback and it was a highlight of the trip. We’ve been gearing up for this particular historical haunt for a few months – watching movies, reading Civil War history books, etc. In fact, the day of our trip we stopped off at the library, and I checked out a quick read that I read out loud as we drove to Nashville. My boy is a bit of a book worm… and I love his bibliophile ways.

Horsing around

Roundin' out our Gettysburg visit at Little Round Top 

Came in like a cannon ball... 
Day two had us venturing into Washington D.C… and we should have known it would be a disaster because of the weather report (we had changed our Gettysburg plans because it was supposed to rain…rain…rain…rain…) and because we couldn’t find a parking spot at the metro, so we had to drive into the operating center of America and then parking… yeah… parking was a financial investment for the few hours we spent there… after being soaking wet and fifty shades of grouchy, we opted to cut our losses and headed home to change into comfortable, but more importantly dry clothes for a lunch of burrito babies at Chipotle and an afternoon at the coffee shop. We ended the night getting a couples massage… His was great and mine was… well interesting… my masseuse massaged me wearing a rubber glove and it was odd…

Friday we tried Washington D.C. again and were successful. Thank God.  We met up with one of my boy’s old fraternity brothers (he’s press secretary for one of our state's US congressmen), who got us set up with a tour of the Capitol that morning and a tour at the Washington Monument that afternoon. We also saw the Congressional Chamber, where security is intense… they literally have you check everything: keys, cellphones, watches, bags, etc. There’s a tunnel that connects the Capitol to the Library of Congress, so we took a sneak peek of Jefferson’s personal library and the Reading Room.

Part of Jefferson's Personal Library #booknerd

After some touring, we worked up an appetite and I was dead set on going to former Top Chef contestant, Spike Mendehlsohn’s burger joint, Good Stuff Eatery… and let me tell you, it was some good effin’ stuff. He’s got a pizza joint next door, We The Pizza, so naturally we had to get a slice of pizza too. I also excitedly instagrammed the occasion, tagged Spike and HE LIKED MY PHOTO.

Spike liked my photo. That's all. 

Friday night took us to Camden Yards where we (including my Dad) watched the Orioles’ murder the Rays with homerun, after homerun, after homerun. We sat in front of some drunken hecklers, who made the event even more entertaining, and we partook in some ballpark food (give me all the pretzels, peanuts and BBQ chicken nachos)

Take me out to the ballgame. 

Saturday we headed to visit some family friends for lunch, before heading off to Baltimore’s Harbor pre-departure. I wanted to see Edgar Allan Poe’s grave and wanted the boy to see the Harbor.

Baltimore's Inner Harbor

Edgar Allan Poe's work lives on, but he is #NeverMore. 

I didn’t quite want the week to end. I feel like it flew by and it’s already been three weeks since we were horsing around at Gettysburg.. Oh, baecation why did you have to end?

Already wanderlusting for another adventure.. 

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  1. So enjoyed these pictures and this read! Didn't know Poe's grave was in DC. I want to go to the museum in Richmond, VA!

    1. It didn't actually happen if I don't blog about it, right!? LOL. His grave is actually in Baltimore!