Last summer we started taking a mini vacation when we went to JMU and Luray Caverns. We thought about going back again this year, but we also thought that it would be great to go somewhere new. We didn’t want to have to drive far since it would just be an overnight trip so we decided on Baltimore, MD. We didn’t have a lot planned, but we knew we wanted to hit the National Aquarium the most.

On board the USS Constellation

By the canons

At the helm

Stephen and Liam

We spent some time on board the USS Constellation and the USS Torsk (there’s only 1 photo of that ship since we spent a good while baking inside the submarine while two gentleman reminisced about old times).

On board the USS Torsk

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Then we had a wonderful dinner at Amicci’s followed by dessert at Vaccaro’s. Stephen and I split the brownie sundae and we couldn’t even finish it then! It was huge! And delicious!

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Thankfully we had walked over to dinner (which was about 10 blocks from our hotel). On our way back to the hotel, we stopped at the pier, sat on a bench and just enjoyed the water and people watching.

Relaxing after dinner


Before driving home on Sunday, we spent the morning at the National Aquarium. Stephen had been once when he was younger but it was first for Liam and me. Liam had a ball (all of did really). He was literally jumping from exhibit to exhibit he was so excited. His favorite part was seeing an electric eel, a HUGE sea turtle and stingray.

At the aquarium

Checking out the fish



Arial of a Zebra Shark and a couple Black tips

Overall, I’d say it was a successful trip and we all can’t wait to go back. Until next time, Baltimore!

Stephen and Liam