Melissa and I got out of town for the weekend, which was our sixth anniversary (on Saturday) and the Memorial Day holiday. We headed out to Calvert County and St. Mary’s County, Maryland. On Saturday we visited Calvert Cliffs State Park, where we hiked 1.8 miles from the park entrance to the Chesapeake Bay and Melissa dug up some shells. Then we hiked back and drove to the hotel in Leonardtown to get cleaned up (it was a pretty hot day for hiking). We had a nice anniversary dinner at Cafe des Artistes in Leonardtown, just a block or so from the hotel.

On Sunday, we went to Mass at St. Aloysius Catholic Church and then drove up to Solomons, MD, which is a pretty cool little town on an island in the Patuxent River across from Patuxent River Naval Air Station. We visited the Calvert Marine Museum, which has the Drum Point Lighthouse on the property (relocated from the actual Drum Point, which now has an automatic beacon). We took an hour long river tour on the Wm. B. Tennison, a former ‘bugeye’ oyster sailboat that was refitted into a powered ‘buy boat’ later in her history. Built in 1899, the Tennison is the only Coast Guard licensed log-hulled vessel in the United States, and is supposedly the second oldest Coast Guard licensed passenger vessel in the U.S.

We had dinner at Solomon’s Pier restaurant, which is, as you might assume, a restaurant on the pier in Solomon’s ;-). Anyway, that’s about it. It was a nice, relaxing weekend away from home and (thankfully) away from the mad Memorial Day crowds that seem to crop up in more ‘normal’ vacation spots. We had a good time. Check out a whole bunch of pictures below: