Monday, September 14, 2009

Back from Baltimore!

Hi everyone! I'm back in California, safe and sound. We flew in around 11:00 PM last night which was our 2:00 AM EST. Yikes, am I tired! But, it's good to be home. I had a great time and gathered a lot of information for my next series. I spent the first two days around Baltimore's inner harbor which is where the early city was developed and where my characters will be interacting. Even though the harbor looks very different now, I like to close my eyes and imagine what it looked like back then. I take in the smells and the feel of the wind on my face, which helps me to get a good sense of a place. (Plus, I simply had to sample that Maryland Crabcake--for reseach purposes, of course) I already posted a few pictures of The Constellation, but I'll post a few more here too. And some below of the Naval Academy.

Captain's Stateroom

Sailor, firing off a gun

Master's quarters


Captain's private bath
View of the Harbor

Cannon on deck

On Friday, my husband and I spent the day an hour south at Annapolis at the Naval Academy. We were able to attend two of our daughter's classes, go to lunch with the midshipmen, watch a full dress parade and attend the Navy football game. It was great to see our daughter! We are so proud of her. She's doing so well at the Academy.

The Parade!

And here's a view of the Academy yard. It's one of the most beautiful college campuses I've ever seen.

And finally, my hubby and our daughter, Christine!

If you've made it this far, I'll be posting pictures of Fort McHenry later in the week. I was able to attend the War of 1812 Reenactment there and captured a battle on video!!

Also, I'll pick the winner of Bride Bargain on Friday and offer another book drawing!

Have a wonderful day!


  1. the tour of the ship sounds to be a good thing, I have toured some at Charleston, SC also a sub, now they are small. I live in SC and I love to go to Charleston.


  2. Cool, looked like an awesome trip!

    XOXO~ Renee

  3. Wow, so different from the interior of a British Man o' War from the same time period! When was the Constellation built?

  4. How wonderful that you were able to visit your daughter! Since she's in the Navy, she must've gotten her love of the sea and all things nautical from you, eh?

  5. All those pictures looked so awesome! I bet you had lots and lots of fun and I'm so happy that you returned home safely-just what I asked Jesus for.
    It must have been just wonderful to have spent time with your daughter. She is so pretty! :)
    Good luck with writing your next series!! I know you will have fun with it and make it your own. :)
    Thank you for sharing your trip with us, I really hope one day I can go to Baltimore.

    God Bless you!

  6. That looked like a lot of fun! I know what you mean about closing your eyes and imagining what it looked like before...that's what I did when I went with my mom and grandma to St. Augustine.

  7. I have something I need to confess. I'm jealous of you, MaryLu, for getting to go see all this cool stuff!!! ;)

    What is that in the sickbay picture? Some kind of leather hammock-bed?


  8. It's awesome to see all your pictures of such historic places! Thanks so much for sharing them with us!

  9. Thanks everyone!! Kaye, the Constellation was built in 1854 and was used during the civil war, but the original Constellation was a US War Frigate that sailed during the War of 1812.
    In the sickbay, they had box framed beds hanging from the deckhead from ropes. I appreciate everyone's comments! Have a wonderful day.

  10. Wow, how much fun that must have been! Though not much into the sea, I am a HUGE history buff and love to walk in the footsteps of the people who have walked on these historic landmarks before me. I must say I am just a tinsy bit envious.:) But it is great you have good research for your new book and I can't wait for it!

  11. Love the pictures! Thanks for sharing. :) Sounds like you had a nice trip.

  12. Sorry, I have been out of town for a few days, away to a very big funeral for a missionary colleague of ours who passed into the presence of God just a couple of months shy of 102 years of age and 70 years of ministry on the field! (No, those figures are NOT typo's!) His first years in Chile were spent working with the Chilean military, all branches. At one time he was allowed to go on board a prison ship where they were holding a group of naval mutineers. That must have been quite an experience, among his many others. very proud you must be of your daughter! That made your trip to Maryland a double pleasure! And someone else is right, she must have got it from you. Glad you had a safe and profitable trip, and will be looking forward to the Fort McHenry pictures as well. Thanks for sharing.