I know there is some political discord on the topic of Christopher Columbus and his “discovery” of the new world. Indeed, seven states and almost 60 municipalities have changed the focus of the holiday to honor the native people living in the New World when Columbus and his three ships stumbled upon it while looking for a trade route to the orient. I am not going to get into an argument about whether or not the day (October 14 this year) should be renamed Indigenous People’s Day. Though it would appear that I somehow “honor” Columbus because I “gave him a halo.” That was an unintended consequence of putting the sun behind the statue so I could get a better view of the front of the sculpture. That saved me a walk back to the site in the morning when the sun was on the other side of the sky. Continue reading
On one of my walks around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor area, I noticed this unusual construction. It appeared to be an apartment building of some sort. Near an entrance is a small park featuring a statue of Christopher Columbus. Truly, to me the architecture of the building is more interesting than the park. A few minutes exploring Google Maps gave me the answer as to the function of this uniquely designed building. Continue reading
Though I spent most of my days in Baltimore tending to Civil Air Patrol business, I did have some free time to walk about the inner harbor area and had dinner at a couple of nearby restaurants. At one point, our North Dakota contingent attempted to have dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe which is housed in the historic Pratt Street Power Plant building along with Barnes and Noble and other retailers. I say “attempted” because even though the restaurant didn’t appear busy, we were put on a wait for seating. After awhile, we decided to move on and had dinner elsewhere.
But this post and photo isn’t about the restaurant or even the book store. Continue reading
Last weekend I finished my first visit to the City of Baltimore for the annual Civil Air Patrol National Conference. One of the reasons I bought my small Sony RX-100 camera is so that I could take a very portable, yet high quality camera with me when I travel. Of course, I forgot to put it in my travel kit. Now, truth be told, I don’t have a whole lot of time for sightseeing and such during these conferences, but I can usually find some time in off hours to do a little nearby exploring. Continue reading
The Inner Harbor area is alive with tourists staying at the many nearby hotels and with city residents out looking for an evening on the town. There is much to do during the day including several museums, a planetarium, and the National Aquarium. At night the area comes alive with music venues. There are no shortages of places to eat, either. The beautifully restored power plant buildings are an attraction in themselves. Continue reading