Happy Labor Day!
This past Saturday, I had organized an early-morning event for our photo Meetup group, Shutterbug Excursions, for 6am in Annapolis. It was a last-minute thing whose theme was "Greet the Sunrise," and at best, I expected three or four other die-hards to show up.
Instead, we had twelve enthusiastic Excursionaires - our largest Meetup to date. In the photo above by George Skeption, you can see (left to right) George, Carol, Dan, Quilly, Josh, Your Intrepid Correspondent, Tracey, Elsa, and Gary.
The main idea of this Meetup was to experience the magical morning light as we walked around sailboat country, but as luck would hav it, this turned out to be a sunless morning. This didn't faze the Excursionaires one bit; you can see some of their photos from the event here.
By 8:30am we were in Eastport, tired and hungry, so I led the gang back across the Spa Creek bridge and up Main Street to Chick & Ruth's Delly for breakfast.
Chick & Ruth's is an Annapolis institution. As usual, it was packed on a Saturday morning with locals and visitors, including a group of Naval Academy graduates from the class of 1968 (I didn't see Senator Webb, unfortunately.) Owner Ted Levitt nevertheless quickly found us seats close together, and we enjoyed a good breakfast with lots of fun schmoozing.
To cap off the morning, we got to participate in a Chick & Ruth's tradition: at 9:30, everyone in the restaurant stopped, stood up, faced the large flag in the middle of the place, and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.