(March 8 thru 13 continued…)  (Note: be sure you click on the highlighted links to see more about the various points of interest we happened upon…)

As the day leasurely passed into late afternoon, we drove back and across MD, taking a side trip again, this time to St. Michael’s (“Why are we going there?” Pam asked, to which I replied, “Because we’ve never been there before.” – it was that type of vacation…) where we discovered the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museaum, several acreas dedicated to the history of that Chesapeake Bay area, authentic boat reconstructions in progress, a unique lighthouse, historical buildings, and so much to see and touch.  But they were closed for the day!  We wandered and looked at a distance and decided to continue on down to the end of that long road to see where it ends.  Well it ends at the tip of Tilghman Island we just parked at the water’s edge and could watch the sunset across the bay.  The only thing better than that was watching that sunset from inside the Bay Hundred Restaurant (& Tiki Bar)

Bay Hundred Restaurant on Tilghman Island overlooking the Chesapeake and that sunset

Bay Hundred Restaurant on Tilghman Island overlooking the Chesapeake and that sunset

at the foot of the bridge coming back off the island where we enjoyed a great relaxing meal and sunset.

We decided to stay in St. Michael’s for the night and enjoyed a late morning breakfast before touring that maritime museum which was located immediately behind the breakfast site.

the unique lighthouse we explored with our guide

the unique lighthouse we explored with our guide

A local retired guide offered his services and we enjoyed a private tour under his very friendly tutelage for the next few hours.  Wow, life sure is good.

the lens that warns ships in this unique lighthouse for many decades of duty

a later model lens that warned ships in this unique lighthouse for many decades of duty

this beautiful lens warned ships for many decades on the bay

this beautiful early lens serviced the lighthouse initially

a beautiful day to tour the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

a beautiful day to tour the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Finally we drove off and continued west with a planned dinner with daughter, Susan, and the family of granddaughters to celebrate my birthday.  Believe it or not, I was surprised when offering to stop by on this trip as Susan said, “Oh good, we can celebrate your birthday with a party!” I had completely forgotten that my birthday was coming up and in fact that it was on the day we would be visiting with them.  It just keeps getting better and better!

After a fun family visit in Silver Spring, MD with delicious birthday cake and celebration, we continued on for the only really scheduled part of the vacation week, a three day “Fly-in” with the NKF (National Kidney Foundation) which is the subject of the next segment of this series of vacation trip postings…

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