The Chesapeake Bay. Rivers and creeks galore. Mountains. Historical buildings. Monuments. Museums. Battlefields. I am blessed to live in an amazing area with endless opportunities for getting out and about, enjoying the beautiful natural scenery, learning countless little known historical facts, and walking in the footsteps of so many of our nation’s greatest founders and leaders. Sadly, however, I usually reserve those unique opportunities for when we have visitors who have come for the express purpose of “sightseeing.” Are you like that, too, with a treasure trove of interest and beauty at your finger tips that you will explore “when the weather warms up,” “when the crowds dwindle,” “when the weather cools down”? If so, let’s make time for a day trip this week!
You don’t have to be a tourist to benefit from an organized tour! I went to college for two years in St. Augustine, Florida. Shortly after moving, I went back with some friends for the weekend and we did all of the touristy things, including a narrated horse and carriage tour. We rode through all the streets and around all of the buildings I had lived among for two years; I learned so much more on that one hour tour than I had learned in the previous two years! I think the same can be said of almost any area — every place has its history! Here in the Washington DC/Baltimore/Annapolis area there is a plethora of free activities, but there are also many reasonably priced tours available, as well.
Recently, I had the opportunity to meet a lovely lady who is a walking history tour guide for Annapolis Tours by Watermark. I cruised Spa Creek aboard the Miss Anne for 40 minutes as her very grateful guest! Good grief, I’ve lived here for over 25 years and I had no idea those historic, and even some celebrity, homes were even there! There is so much you can see from the water that you completely miss from the land!
The Annapolis water cruises stop for the season between October and November, depending on the weather, so don’t wait on this one! “Why Not?” climb aboard today and see parts of Annapolis you’ve never seen! Not only will you enjoy it just for the pleasure of the ride, but you will gain many interesting tidbits to share with your future visitors — just think how smart you’ll look!
Don’t live in the Annapolis area? Most places offer some type of local tour or tips for great local attractions. A quick Google search or visit to your town’s Chamber of Commerce website will give you tons of ideas. “Why Not?” explore your hometown today?
Take your tour and let me know what you learned about that wonderful place you call home! And check back frequently — this is just the first of many day trips we will be taking!