We had never been to Annapolis, so we decided to visit on our way north to Maine. Our granddaughter Megan was thinking about attending the naval academy there.
During the summers in Michigan, I often volunteer at this garden.
Since we are wintering over in Oriental, we decided to watch the “Dragon Run” to bring in the “Year of the Dog”. I am sorry to say that we didn’t go out to see the “Croaker” drop. (Instead of the “Ball drop” they do a “Croaker” drop to celebrate the New Year.)
These drummers provided the background beat for everyone who brought pots and pans as noise makers. According to Chinese legends the dragon comes to the village in mid-winter to eat the children but loud noise can scare him off; so lots of people brought pots and noise makers to scare the dragon off.
The Oriental tradition of touching the Dragon brings luck in the new year.
Some of crowd came dragon prepared.
Lo and behold there was a second dragon last night. This one looked like a young dragon that snaked thru the crowd looking for young children to eat.
He was moving around so quickly; it was hard to take a good picture.
At midnight the Croaker will drop as Oriental ushers in the new year.
Of course, no sight-seeing trip is complete without a selfie. It was a cold night but full of laughter and good wishes by all.
Heading in to the dock we found that the Washington Harbor has changed a lot. Where there use to be anchoring there are moorings, the old docks are gone for the Capital City Yacht Club and the Gangplanks Marina and instead there are new docks and a limited mooring field . We had to anchor east of the police dock which was quite a ways from the dinghy dock at Gangplanks Marina.
Rich and Jackson went to the Aerospace Museum, while the girls and I went to Crystal City Mall for some “girl time”.
On Saturday, we spent the afternoon at the Giant National BBQ Challenge. There was lots of food and free give-away food, as well several stages with bands but, Oh, it was hot!!
We walked over to National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden and joined the crowds sitting on the edge of the pool. The garden was full of people for the Friday night “Jazz in the Garden” concert.
A night’s walk thru D.C.
We spent several days in Washington before we headed out for Annapolis. It was a nice stay; I want to go back there and stay for 2 weeks to be able to really see the city.