Monday, January 3, 2011

Downtown Annapolis on a rainy winter day.

Annapolis is the state Capital of Maryland. We live roughly twenty miles west of town. Sunday afternoon's weather forecast mentioned the likelihood of showers but we decided to chance it and go walk around the old part of town as a way to wind down our holidays.

Yes, we got caught in a shower first thing, but with the temps near 50 degrees F it didn't seem too bad.  The City of Annapolis is already in the process of taking down the evergreen roping and lights from the street lamps.
The Indian Chief was in his usual location, holding up the wall of the cigar store.
The Historic Foundation's Museum Store was having a post-Christmas sale.  The steeple of St. Mary's church can be seen in the background.
The Middleton Tavern looked quiet.  A far cry from the summer crowd typically waiting for an open table on the porch.
This sailboat, tied up in Ego Alley, is still sporting the Christmas decorations from the annual Parade of Lights which takes place on the 2nd Saturday of December each year.
The Motor Yacht Susannah was up from Norfolk.  She's tied up by the Fleet Reserve Club.
Looking across the empty harbor from the end of City Dock.  The Chart House Restaurant occupies the old Trumpy Boat Works building.
The building with the green copper roof is the Severn Sailing Association's clubhouse.  SSA hosts many world class regattas each year.
Looking through the fog at the Naval Academy's remaining pair of communication towers.  Until a few years ago there were several more of these towers grouped together in this area.  After they became redundant the Academy tore all of them down except this pair.
Walking back from the end of City Dock we passed Steven's Hardware store.  There's always something interesting in the window display.
The curious devise with the numbered copper arm is a "Jeffersonian" rain gauge.
The owl is a semi-successful gull deterrent used by boat owners.
Walking up Pinkney Street we pass the Shiplap house (house with the red siding). This is one of the oldest remaining buildings in Annapolis.
At the top of the hill are State Circle and the Maryland State House.  This building is the oldest State House in continuous use in the U.S.  George Washington resigned his commission as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army in this building.  The Maryland State House also briefly served as the National Capital.

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