Near the end of a long day’s travels, it’s a confusing sort of relief to find yourself greeted by this sort of strange yet soothing sight.
Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:
Every year since 1999 my wife Anne and I have taken a trip to a different part of the United States and visited attractions, wonders, and events we didn’t have back home in Indianapolis. From 1999 to 2003 we did so as best friends; from 2004 to the present, as husband and wife. For 2017 our ultimate destination of choice was the city of Baltimore, Maryland. You might remember it from such TV shows as Homicide: Life on the Street and The Wire, not exactly the most enticing showcases to lure in prospective tourists. Though folks who know me best know I’m one of those guys who won’t shut up about The Wire, a Baltimore walkabout was Anne’s idea. Setting aside my fandom, as a major history buff she was first to remind skeptics who made worried faces at us for this plan that Maryland was one of the original thirteen American colonies and, urban decay notwithstanding, remains packed with notable history and architecture from ye olde Founding Father times. In the course of our research we were surprised to discover Baltimore also has an entire designated tourist-trap section covered with things to do. And if we just so happened to run across former filming locations without getting shot, happy bonus…
Many of the specimens at the National Aquarium in Baltimore were beguiling and/or dazzling, but my favorite exhibit was “Jellies Invasion” — nine species of jellyfish floating and chilling in a series of tanks in a room at the end of the tour, last stop before the café and exits. Rather than pad this with factoids or come up with a way to stretch out “We just stood and stared in wonder and awe, The End” into 500 words, pardon me while I let the hallucinatory imagery of some really magnificent creations speak for themselves.
…while it’s usually my thing to strike up a synergy words and pictures, “ooh” and “aah” sufficed for us at the time and I think they suffice now.
To be continued!
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