Last week, I enjoyed three and a half days visiting a friend in Baltimore, Maryland (otherwise known as Charm City, Clipper City, Monumental City, and the "city with too many nicknames). If you've never been there, I highly recommend it. Great food, a growing craft beer scene, and lots and lots of history.

Speaking of history, my first stop was at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, which was on the way, about 90 minutes outside the city. For a Civil War buff like myself, it was a no brainer, and I really enjoyed it.

Having properly soaked in some history, I continued to my destination.

The next few days were a semi-blur, partly because of our rapid pace, and partly because of frequent sampling of local craft brews. The US Naval Academy at Annapolis was probably my favorite stop. Our timing was perfect, as our tour was concluding just as the freshman class was assembling before lunch, a very ceremonial affair.

We also visited Fort McHenry, the inspiration for Francis Scott Key to pen the Star-Spangled Banner, as he watched its bombardment during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. In another great coincidence, we visited the fort on his birthday, and witnessed a cool cannon demonstration. It gave me a chance to use the SLO-MO feature on my phone for the first time!

The rest of the trip was filled with crab cakes and cold beer, and best viewed in photo form. Can't view the gallery below? Click here!