Day 24 Annapolis Rest Day zero miles
Today was a rest day, so after a late, leisurely breakfast, I took off on foot to explore Annapolis. Our hotel was located in the Arts District so I encountered several interesting street sculptures.
I wandered into the Historic District, past the Governor’s Mansion and the Maryland State House, the oldest US state capital in continuous use. It served briefly as the capital of United States from November 26, 1783 till August 13, 1784. The Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War, was ratified in the State House. It is also where, on December 23, 1783, George Washington resigned his commission.
I made a recommended stop at the William Pacca House and Gardens, an 18’th century Georgian Manson. Pacca was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a three term Governor of Maryland. The formal gardens were interesting but most of the flowering plants were well past their peak, I would take a pass on this one, unless you visit much earlier in the year.
I next headed over to the U.S. Naval Academy. I posed with their mascot, a goat, one of my favorite animals, and toured the grounds. I arrived just in time to witness “assembly,” when several thousand midshipmen march, with much pomp and circumstance, into lunch. I walked through Preble Hall, the Naval Academy Museum as well as the Naval Academy Chapel, with its copper and gold clad dome. John Paul Jones’ sarcophagus lies underneath the Chapel.
I tried unsuccessfully to charter a sailboat and ultimately took a 40 minute commercial cruise out on Chesapeake Bay. It was a glorious day out on the water, sunny, warm, with a 10 kt breeze, and flat seas, who could ask for more.
Nine states down, 6 more to go.
Miles 1,250 Feet Climbed 49,853
States Visited Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland