Today, it hasn’t made it in the nineties, and the sun hasn’t come out. That’s been pretty much an anomaly for the rest of this summer…Mother Nature and climate change have blessed Baltimore with some heat and humidity, not to mention thunder storms knocking out a lot of the power in in the Mid-Atlantic. For the most part, however, the rain has stayed away, leaving some pretty beautiful days.
The Baltimore v. DC Food Truck Rally. Baltimore and DC each sent about 20 food trucks to Wesport, just south of the Inner Harbor and easily accessible via light rail, to let visitors decide which city had the better food truck. Food trucks tend to bring out niche vendors selling only popcorn or cupcakes or grilled cheese, but they do it well! Joe and I circled the entire event once just reading the menus, before buying different parts of our meals at different trucks. Lots of delicious food, and an adventure to a part of Baltimore that I'd never been before!
Reason #1 to buy lots of ripe fruit at the local farmer's market: you have a really good excuse to turn all of it into cobbler! I've gotten in the habit this summer of going to the Waverly Farmer's Market most weekends, and I wish I'd started sooner. At this point in the year, there's a great produce selection, and I've found that pretty much everything I want to buy is either cheaper than grocery store produce (or unavailable, hello fresh rhubarb!). There are also a variety of prepared food vendors, which make for a delicious breakfast/brunch (epanadas, samosas, croissants, etc!).
Druid Hill Park. Druid Hill is southwest of campus, and includes a reservoir, a conservatory, the Baltimore Zoo, a weekly farmer's market, a pool and rec center, and a lot of really nice land. My friend and I decided to go for the farmer's market, but discovered a lot more along the way!
The Rawlings Conservatory is in the background of this picture--we didn't have time to go inside before in closed, but from what we saw through the windows, it looked really interesting. The bench in front is actually also a planter; if you look closely you can see that there's grass growing in the seat, and the back of the bench is a tree!
One of the fun things about the Druid Hill Farmer's Market is the fact that they have so many events going on there. On the day we went, they had yoga, a storytime reading, hula hoops, sprinklers, and a hayride. We embraced our inner eight year old, and enjoyed the sprinklers, hula hoops, and the hayride (which goes on a tour of part of Druid Hill Park).
For the Fourth of July, my friend Carolyn and I decided to have an adventure day in Washington, DC. We both really wanted to see the fireworks there, and both share a taste in nerdy and awesome museums. We spent over four hours in the Spy Museum, reading every single part of every single exhibit, and succesfully passing the spy identity test at the end (they give you a spy identity and mission in the beginning, and there are tasks related to that throughout the museum). After dinner, we staked out our spot on the National Mall, and waited for about an hour and a half for the fireworks (during which time I also made friends with the four year old sitting next to me, which seems to be a recurring theme this summer). The fireworks show itself was AMAZING, and beautiful to watch. This is one of the few not-completely-blurry pictures from the night.