Weekend Recap: Boats and Trees

This past weekend was jam packed with activities! Aside from some crazy thunder storms Saturday night, the weather was gorgeous and I spent a ton of time outside. Friday got off to a great start when I noticed that the ship Hermione had already pulled into the harbor for the Wonderful Waterfront Festival. A crowd had gathered and L’Hermione’s crew was on the deck singing what sounded like a French sailing song. It was a pretty unusual sight for my morning commute!

Hermione Ship

I spent Saturday morning in Silver Spring with my mom and joined her for her apartment building’s 5k. The course went through Rock Creek Park and I definitely enjoyed all the greenery. My usual running path around the neighborhood and up Federal Hill is nice, but I wish there were more trail options nearby to switch things up.

rock creek park 2 5k with mom

After the 5k I met a friend for lunch at Nest in Bethesda. We had mimosas and munched on over priced fish tacos and were literally the only ones in the restaurant which was a little weird. We also stopped into the French bakery next to Nest to pick up some amazing pastries. Saturday night we went to a friend’s surprise birthday party and to see Inside Out. Pixar’s latest film has gotten a crazy 98% on Rotten Tomatoes and it did not disappoint. I didn’t find it to be quite as much of a tearjerker as Up, but it was hilarious and very clever.

Sunday was another busy day: we hit up the farmer’s market and went to Canton Crossing for some shopping before heading to my husband’s family’s house for a Father’s Day barbecue.

EDITED TO ADD

I got another treat this morning on my way to work – L’Hermione was setting sail and moving on to her next destination. A tug boat was giving her a boost and helped the big ship turn so it was positioned correctly to leave the harbor. Once L’Hermione was angled correctly the tug boat backed away and the proud ship set off her canons as a final au revoir. To be honest, the first canon blast scared the shit out of me, but once I figured out that we weren’t under fire it was really cool! Bon voyage, Hemione!

Hermione Ship Baltimore 2

Hermione Ship Baltimore

 

What did you do this weekend? 

Is there a good french bakery in Baltimore? (if so get me there stat)

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Working for the weekend!

Does this week seem like it’s crawling by to anyone else? Maybe it’s because it looks like it’s going to be a beautiful weekend here in Baltimore and I’m planning on spending as much time outside as possible. I’ll be playing tennis with my mom, going to a Father’s Day cookout and hopefully picking up some veggies for the week at the farmer’s market. I also signed up for the Baltimore Women’s Classic 5k that takes place around Federal Hill next Sunday the 28th so I’m hoping to do a practice run this weekend.

It’s also Wonderful Waterfront Weekend – a summer kick-off put on by the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore.

waterfront weekend

It looks like a great schedule of events and there are a few in particular that I wanted to flag:

1. Summer Social at West Shore Park – unfortunately I already have plans to be in Virginia Friday night because this Summer Social looks awesome. There will be live music, food trucks and beer & wine. It’s also a family friendly event with activities for kids. Two other summer socials are scheduled for July 24 and August 21 so I’ll try to make it to one of those!

2. Harbor East FIT + Festival – From 9-1 on Saturday on Aliceanna Street in Harbor East there will be complimentary group fitness classes and healthy food demos. Classes include zumba, boxing, boot camp and yoga. You can rsvp (for free) at the link above and buy a cute tank top with proceeds going to Living Classroom. I love group fitness classes, but the gym I belong to doesn’t have them so this sounds like such a fun opportunity to try a bunch of classes, enjoy the beautiful weather and work up a sweat with fellow Baltimoreans.

3. African American Festival – This is a huge free two day festival held outside Camden Yards that includes a health and wellness pavilion, a beauty bar and a beer garden. There is also a Black Enterprise Empowerment Zone with a special forum on #blackmalesmatter. This seems like a great opportunity to discuss an issue that is affecting so many in Baltimore. Bonus – former Raven, Ray Lewis is said to be a special guest!

4. L’Hermione and the Pride of Baltimore II – I LOVE when the ships come into the harbor. I walk through the harbor every day on my way to work and it’s easy to forget that it is a working harbor and the rich history of the city. When the tall ships come in it just reminds me of an earlier time and I love it when the port is bustling. Free public tours, demos and reenactments will occur on the Hermione throughout the weekend. Checkout this schedule for details!

Ship in the Harbor during last September's Star Spangled Spectacular

Ship in the Harbor during last September’s Star Spangled Spectacular