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, I often volunteer at this garden.
Today we visited 4 states at once.
I was able to stand in each state at the same time. We shopped in all four states; a different state was represented on each side of the monument. This was very different from when we were here in 2005.
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.