Tony had a trip to Lexington Park, Maryland this week and asked if I wanted to go along. I love going new places and I really like that traveling with Tony on business makes it feel a little less (self-)indulgent.
We drove up Wednesday night and checked into the hotel. Thursday morning, I dropped Tony off at his meeting and drove down to Colton’s Point. I’d somehow gotten the idea that there was a lighthouse down there. I thought I’d start there and work my way back toward Lexington Park. As it turned out, the only thing down there was a museum that didn’t open until noon. Since it was only 10:30, I figured I’d head to my next stop: Piney Point Lighthouse (and Museum).
I hadn’t had a lot of time to plan this trip as we found out only a few hours before we left that it was actually going to happen. As it turned out, a little more planning would have been a good thing in this case – the lighthouse museum is only open on the weekends in the winter. Fortunately, you can still go up to the lighthouse and look at it, even when the museum is closed.
It rained most of the morning, but the clouds were just starting to clear off as I was wandering around the lighthouse grounds. This panorama kind of gives a sense of how quickly the clouds were moving out.
[You’ll have to go here to see it – WordPress won’t let me embed Dermandar panoramas.]
Eventually, I ran out of things to look at there, so I went back to Lexingon Park to get some lunch (at that point, it was about 1:30, so I only had…three and a half hours to kill! Tony pointed out that the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum was kind of small (it was right across the road from the hotel we stayed in), so I didn’t bother even trying to go there (although I should have, since I had so much time and so little to do).
Once Tony got off, we went to Solomons, Maryland (just north of Lexington Park) to CD Cafe on the recommendation of one of the guys he was working with. The food was creative, but still very good. We were both really impressed (although honestly, the desserts weren’t nearly as good as the dinners).
Unlike Washington, D.C., there are things around Lexington Park that I’m very interested in going back to see when things start opening up. I’d like to go back to Piney Point and if Tony stays through a Friday, I’ll see about talking him into staying over the weekend so we can take the water taxi to the Blackistone Lighthouse. There was also another lighthouse near where we ate dinner that I’d like to see (and anothernot far from that). And that’s just the beginning!