July 15th, 2012 – Fort McHenry & Camden Yards – Baltimore, MD

Fort McHenry, in Baltimore, Maryland, is a star-shaped fort best known for its role in the War of 1812, when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy in Chesapeake Bay September 13-14, 1814.  It was during the bombardment of the fort that Francis Scott Key was inspired to write “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the poem that would eventually be set to the tune of “To Anacreon in Heaven” and become the national anthem of the United States.

During the Civil War, Fort McHenry was refitted with more modern weaponry by the Union to discourage a Confederate attack.  See cannons and soldiers in the last 3 pictures below.




Oriole Park at Camden Yards is the home field of the Baltimore Orioles.  It is the first of the “retro” major league ballparks constructed during the 1990s and early 2000s, and remains one of the most highly praised.  The park was completed in 1992 and is situated in downtown Baltimore a few blocks west of the Inner Harbor.

A few key dates :

September 6, 1995 – Camden Yards witnessed Cal Ripken Jr’s record-setting 2,131st consecutive game.

September 6, 1996 – Eddie Murray blasted his 500th home run there.

October 8, 1995, Pope John Paul II celebrated mass at Camden Yards.

July 15th, 2012, the Fores visited Camden Yards.  (Do not let the clouds in the pictures fool you – the heat index was 104).  Note, the picture of Baltimore’s favorite citizen — Babe Ruth in the statue below, and the Detroit Tiger starting pitcher — Justin Verlander (possibly the best pitcher in the American League).



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