Saturday, August 28, 2010

trippin' part 1: Hello, Baltimore

"Hey, I've got nothing to do today but smile."
- Simon and Garfunkel

(Note: Be prepared to be overwhelmed with many posts because I have a lot coming.)

So. It was actually very difficult for me to get ready and leave on this trip with Zac. To say I was stressed is a huge understatement. But we arrived at last (after an interesting lifetime-first experience taking a taxi from the airport). And we greeted this lovely view from the 21st floor of the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore and I began to feel somewhat better. Water and trees are immediately soothing to me. Hallelujah.
On Monday, Zac didn't have meetings until the afternoon so we did a little exploring around the Inner Harbour area. And I embarrassed him by taking, and making him take, cheesy touristy photos of each other at every opportunity. I am not ashamed of this.

(that's me on the bench - gazing contentedly at the harbour inlet. ahhhhh, such sweet serenity)

And then that evening, we went paddleboating on the inlet. Yay! Such fun!

I think I smiled the entire time. And I could have just floated along and fallen asleep on our little boat and been completely happy. Have I mentioned I really like water?? yeah. I do.

And then, as dusk fell, little baby crabs started climbing out of the water and up the sides of the wooden piers. Awesome, I say. I think I squealed. :) And I had a poor unsuspecting mother call over her son who had reached down and grabbed a crab so I could take a picture of it. An awful, blurry picture. But picture-proof nonetheless. See? A real live crab! So, there it is.

It was such a strange experience being without my kids, by the way. I took all sorts of pictures of things I just wanted to show them. And I kept having to suppress an impulse to explain to other parents we passed that I had 4 kids of my own! It was weird.

Anyway. The next day was my big adventure day driving down to VA! stay tuned . . . :)


Jennifer said...

Fun. I feel the same way without my kids. I want to tell people I understand what it's like and I wonder if they think I live a life of leisure or maybe I have the mark of a mother even without little ones attached.

Alyssa said...

I love it! Those trips without the kids are so rejuventating. It is hard to get out the door but, once you are....oh so worth it! It looks like you and Zac had a great time together with just each other to give attention to. SO important! You know I never made it to Baltimore despite your continued suggestion--looks like I missed out!

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