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Baltimore & U.S. Coast Guard Boat

Piggybacking off of the post from yesterday, we also did a tour of the U.S. Coast Guard Ship Taney that was used during Pearl Harbor.  I’ve always had such an obsession with anything that relates to the military.  I can’t explain why, I just find it all fascinating.  I debated on joining the USCG or USAF for the LONGEST of times and then I decided not to and went to a four year college instead.

To be brutally honest here, the amount of homeless people we saw while we spent our day in Baltimore was pretty disappointing.  I have never even seen that many homeless people in Philadelphia!  Other than that, the city was gorgeous.  There were so many shops and restaurants and people everywhere!

The weather was perfect (a little too hot in the sun).  There was a whole strip of restaurants and they all had outdoor seating with a different menu right next to the water.  We walked through and checked some of them out (the menu’s are posted outside).  Unfortunately since this trip wasn’t exactly planned I didn’t have my restaurant & meal of choice picked out ahead of time.  We tried to go to the Hard Rock but there was a 30 minute wait and we didn’t want to wait as we were hurrying to get to the aquarium.

We ended up eating at Phillips because no one could make up their mind on where they wanted to eat.  I hate when people put the pressure on me because of my “restricted” diet.  My diet is going to be restricted no matter WHERE we eat, so just pick a darn place and I’ll survive.

At Phillips I’m not going to lie, I may have started to have a panic attack while looking at the menu.  Butter, wheat, buns, crab “cake”, etc. etc.  I had to get up & use the restroom to calm myself down.  Salads. Salads are always a safe choice Leigh. There’s got to be a salad you can eat.  After my mini meltdown in the bathroom, I ordered a salad.  I had asked the server if this salad contained any gluten or dairy and he went to check with the chef for me. 


I knew that my server wouldn’t have a clue which items on the menu were gluten & dairy free so I only asked about that one specific salad.  It’s sad when you know your server won’t have a clue but you have to make the best of it.

Sorry that I neglected to take a picture here - I was stressed because I had to make the decision on where we were going to eat, my server didn’t have a clue about dairy/gluten, AND I ordered my salad with the dressing on the side and the dressing was all over the top. (I know, that sounds completely not stressful but it was).  So, I just ate the damn thing and moved on with my life.

The Coast Guard Boat was HUGE.  We bought our tickets and started on our tour.

This photo was of one of the bedrooms - Can you imagine?  And this was a fancy one!  It’s shocking to see what the lives were like on this boat!!!

I was fascinated by the doors.  They lock so quick & can seal out the water if needed (seriously - how cool is that?!)  

I sat up on the observation deck.  Honestly, I was surprised I even made it up to the observation deck as I’m deathly afraid of heights.  The stairs up & down were preeetttyyyy scary for me.

The craziest part may have been all of the beds for the crew.  Can you imagine living like this?  I can’t.  God Bless all of those & their families that do this for our country.

Clearly, my hubbs loved the chow hall.  He would have fit right in ;)  Seriously, the chairs that were attached to the tables here were SO TINY.  Where did they put their legs??!?!! They were tiny guys.  They had some uniforms on display inside of the ship and they were definitely tiny (short and thin).

I would recommend checking out the Coast Guard ship if you have the chance.  They have four different ships you can tour - We only had time for one but they all looked so cool (and one is a submarine).

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Baltimore & U.S. Coast Guard Boat


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