Annapolis – Where It All Began

Though we met and dated briefly while living in Houston Texas, Michelle and I agree that our life together began in Annapolis Maryland way back in 1986. I was managing the Annapolis office of Backyard Boats and when Michelle moved up from Texas, she took a job working for a bank in downtown Annapolis. We were young, dead broke, and in love. It couldn’t have been any better!

Fast forward many years, through multiple moves, raising 2 children, a nursing degree, a successful business venture, a lot of laughter, and a few tears – here we are, back in Annapolis again, but this time aboard Roam! What a ride it has been for us both!!

Clark & Michelle in 1987
And here we are in 2017

Oubstinibly we came for the Annapolis Boat Show, but we really came because Annapolis has a special place in our hearts and it feels good to come back to a place that feels so much like home. We love everything about this place, during this time of year. We love the crisp fall weather. We love the colorful trees. We love to have steamed crabs, boiled shrimp and fresh Maryland corn with good friends, eating, laughing, and enjoying a warm fall evening. We love sitting on a downtown bench in the morning with a hot cup of tea and watching the wide variety of people going about their day. We love the Naval Academy Cadets all dressed up in their winter blues. We love walking around state circle late on a cool evening, so still and quiet and majestic.

Annapolis is one of those cities that changes, but is still very much the same. The other day, we were wandering around the city and managed to find ourselves at the Ram’s Head Tavern at lunch time. When we lived here, Ram’s Head was a 6 table basement bar that served cold beer and warm sandwiches. Today they’re a major musical venue in the area and they own the entire building! To the owners’ credit though, they’ve kept the old, original bar just like it was in the old days and the sandwiches and beer are as spectacular as they were in 1987.

We did manage to get to the boat show last week and we’re going to go again this Friday to see if we can find a few items to upgrade ROAM. We’ve also had several wonderful dinners and visits with old friends here. We even had dinner last night with a group of Manta Catamaran owners. It has been great to catch up with old friends and meet a few new ones as well.

Weather permitting, we’ll leave here on Saturday and head over to the Eastern Shore for a few days before continuing our migration south.

I’ll end here with a few pictures that we’ve taken during our time in Annapolis. Like Turtles returning to the same beach year after year, we’ll be back.

The Ram’ Head Bar is one of our old favorites. To say that it’s changed is an understatement, but they did keep the old Bar downstairs for the old timers like us.

The building across the street is Annapolis Bank & Trust where Michelle worked. She almost got fired because her boss hated the Texas phrase, “I was just fixin’ to..”

Clark managed the Annapolis office of Backyard Boats, located in Eastport in the old Trumpy Boat building where they built PT boats for WWII.

Lunch at the Fleet Reserve Club, overlooking the Annapolis Sailboat Show.

Our good friends Scott and Tina Ligon own a Condo in Annapolis on Spa Creek and were kind enough to arrange a slip for Roam at their place while we’re in town.

Our commute to the boat show required a 5 minute dinghy ride up Spa Creek.

The dinghy dock at the boat show is always a bit crowded, but we find a way to squeeze in!

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  1. Donald E Turner
      October 13, 2017

    Michelle and Clark……..your best post ever- THANKS.
    You both have been such a wonderful influence on so many people’s lives, most importantly mine and my children’s (a little selfish, I know), that there is no other way this story could continue to unfold.
    Enjoy- you more than deserve it.
    Your lost friend in Mexico- Don

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