|Beautiful day at the Inner Harbor|
|Next to the torpedo - From here, the Torsk sunk the last Japanese vessel of WWII|
|Love the face lift|
Finally, the United States Coast Guard Cutter Taney welcomed us aboard with an abundance of history. Anchored in Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the Taney was in action during the Japanese attack. Its resilience is comprehensive, sporting a resume that includes downing numerous Japanese ships in WWII, providing medical assistance to thousands of civilians in Vietnam during the Vietnam war, and even combating drugs in the Caribbean, where it once seized a record 160 tons of marijuana. Finally decommissioned in 1986, the USCGC Taney holds the distinction of being "The Last Survivor of Pearl Harbor," whereas no other ship that saw action that day remained active past the late 1960's!
|Posing outside the Taney|
|And I had complained about the comfort of our hotel bed....|
The initial reason for the trip was to keep expanding my list of ballparks. Camden yards is a gem of a baseball stadium. I will highlight this in greater detail in part two of my baseball stadium posts (part one here). Thoughtfully dedicated to the history of the team, the park is a wonderful place to watch a baseball game, and the architecture and location are top notch. Built at the beginning of the new ballpark era, the innovation of its design is obvious.
Finally, we decided to check out the National Aquarium. A huge collection of marine life from around the world, this is one of the nicest aquatic setups I have seen. An informative jelly fish exhibit highlighted the risks of an aggressively increasing jelly fish population, and the role humans are playing and can play in the future to ensure the diverse marine population remains intact. Not trying to preach here, but we all need to continue educating ourselves on exactly what our actions are doing to the environment. Interestingly, the unintended consequence of overwhelming demand from us to eat tuna (a natural predator to the jellyfish) is a major reason why the jellyfish population is proliferating. More than just a nuisance to swimmers, jelly fish have the ability to massively disrupt the ocean's ecosystem.
In only two days, we were efficient with our time, but there is so much more to see. History combined with a recent modernization creates pockets within the city worth exploring in depth. All the food was superb, and the city will be worth visiting again just to eat more fresh Maryland blue crab!