Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Tricks and Treats, and the Lovely Ladies of the Baltimore Heritage Quilters

Hoover Strait

Day of our trip began at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to learn a little about the huge body of water that had been our companion for the last few days. Several exhibits illustrate the particular habitat the Chesapeake Bay represents with its mixing of fresh and sea water. There is a lot of information about the blue crab and you could even get bitten by one of those living in shallow basins in the fishery.

On the picture below you can also see why the crabs are called BLUE crabs...

Blue Crab

We bite!

My all-time favourite at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is, of course the Hoover Strait Lighthouse, a screw pile lighthouse that was dismantled at its original site and rebuilt on the museum’s premises:

Hoover Strait

Screw pile lighthouses are extremely rare and only two or three have survived. The name is derived from massive screws that were driven into sandy or other soft ground to anchor the construction firmly.

Screw

From the lantern room, we had a great view over the whole of the museum area, including the wharf buildings where “normal” people can become weekend apprentices and learn how to build a boat:

Wharf Buildings

After a little browsing in the museum shop, we got on the bus to drive west to Baltimore.

As it was Halloween, Carola and I thought we should do at least some trick or treating. Halloween invaded Europe some years ago, but the generations on the bus probably only know the custom from a rather distanced parents’ or grandparents’ viewpoint. So we felt free to bend the rules a bit. We bought cookies with poisonous green and bilious orange icing and told everybody to either eat them or perform a trick during the bus ride. ;-) We were actually quite disappointed that so many of our fellow travellers were willing to eat the cookies! However, we did have a handful of lovely performances: stories, poems and even a song!

In Baltimore, we went directly to a restaurant in Little Italy to have lunch and meet up with seven ladies from the Baltimore Heritage Quilters. A meeting with an American quilt group had long been a wish frequently expressed by participants on previous trips. So, as part of my preparation I had “googled” “Baltimore quilt groups” and come up with the Baltimore Heritage Quilters. I wrote an enquiry to their webmaster and what luck, Joan, the current president, replied almost instantly and was most helpful and energetic in setting up a meeting. I had quite honestly expected at most lunch and a friendly chat. So imagine our delight when Joan and the six ladies who accompanied her, staged a very impressive Show & Tell with quilts of all sizes, colours, and techniques. We very much want to stay in contact with this active group and hopefully there will be another opportunity for an international exchange of quilting expertise some time in the future... ;-)

Our meeting with the Baltimore Heritage Quilters had left us quite saturated with impressions and subjects to talk about. So Baltimore’s city centre and the Inner Harbor drew the short straw. There was only time for a brisk tour to get a basic overview and make a resolution that this part of the world would receive more attention next time... whenever that might be.

Inner Harbor

By the way the oversized swans pictured against the sun are paddleboats (my favourite kind of boat).

Shark Boat

Another, very different, type of boat....

Bored Seagull

A probably very bored seagull wondering why yet another tourist is taking inconsequential pictures...

And, finally, making this day truly a white pebble day for me:

Seven Foot Knoll

Another screw pile lighthouse: the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse that was unfortunately already closed for the day. – one more reason to return!


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