Other than a brief run to the store for necessities and dinner with my parents where we discussed additional necessities to be purchased before we go to the beach next weekend, I spent the day in the house, getting work done and being distracted by the great evil posted in the locked entry before this one. *snogs ldybastet* We have a long list of things we want to try to do on the Eastern Shore: We want to go to the shipwreck museum in Fenwick Island, we want to take a pirate adventure cruise, we want to visit the Lewes Maritime Museum, we want to see Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, we want to go to Assateague where I have never been despite having grown up in the same area where I live now, we want to eat Nic-o-bolis and crab soup and salt water taffy, and my father -- well, mostly wants to go to the beach. Which we do too, but I prefer the beach between 8-10 a.m. and 5-8 p.m., when it is less crowded and much less hot. I wonder whether we will end up doing different things than my parents some of the days and how annoyed they will be if we opt for less family bonding and more vacationing.
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Saturday morning we are going to Annapolis to the Maryland State House and the Naval Museum, so what follows is, in fact, relevant and appropriate: *g*
On display at the Calvert Marine Museum, a model and painting of HMS Augusta, 64-gun ship of the line, one of five Royal Navy warships of this size or larger present in the Patuxent River during the summer of 1814. The Chesapeake Flotilla kept the British at bay for four months, but the British army marched north through Charles County -- the only time Maryland's shores have been invaded by a foreign army -- and the flotilla was scuttled and sunk to prevent capture so that its men could join the land defense just before the British burned Washington, D.C. in August. British General Robert Ross was so impressed by the actions of American Commodore Joshua Barney that he pardoned all of Barney's "Bluecoats" -- a decision he later had cause to regret when the British fleet was kept out of Baltimore's harbor by men in Fort McHenry while Ross, who led the land attack, was mortally wounded by one of Commodore Barney's pardoned sharpshooters.