Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland

My leg pump and I made it through security!! Praise the Lord!! I had called TSA yesterday so they knew I was coming. When I got to security I told them my name and that I had medical equipment in my bag. The lady turned around and said outloud "Here's one of our ladies." They had my name on a list! They took me out of the line and around into a room. Then they took me back in front of the security area and gave me a pat down. My backside was facing the crowd and the lady told me she had to pat my buttocks and did I mind or did I want her to take me back into a private room. I have no idea why but I said, "Na you can pat me down here." Then I realized about 75 people were watching my backside being patted down!! I tried to act calm and collective as if I've had my buttocks patted down before!!! :) I am very thankful for the employees who worked the security area. They were very respectful and kind to me.

We left the house a little late and I didn't get to go to Waffle House so we didn't eat until we had our layover in DFW. But no fear! McD's had sweet tea!! Can I get a big HALLELUJAH!!! We met wonderful people on our flights and it was tons of fun just to people watch!!
We were able to see the mighty Mississippi River on our flight from DFW to BWI.


We had thought we were going to have to take a shuttle to our hotel in Baltimore but my cousin Eric who is stationed in Maryland right now picked us up. We had not seen him since April and it was so nice to see him standing at the end of the terminal!! Once his wife and step-daughter arrived at the airport we drove into Baltimore and ate at a fabulous seafood buffet in the Inner Harbor. Bryan and I are going back to the Inner Harbor hopefully before we have to go home. We were fascinated!! We definitely looked like tourists!!!!

The ship in the background is the U S S Constitution. Bryan read that it was the last floating vessel from the Civil War area! We so hope we can go back and see more of it. We were kind of short on time this evening and we were all tired from flying!!!

I love having our laptop with us! It has been so convenient. I took a little nap this evening before dinner and Bryan did tons of research on restaurants and driving directions. Plus I can blog!!!!!!!! We also have a Magellan GPS system compliments of my boss! It is the BEST!!! I love the sweet lady inside the system that tells us where to go. She has relieved a lot of driving stress. I highly recommend a GPS. I had no idea they were so nice to have! Thanks to the Gortons!!!

Got to get into the shower...tomorrow the capital building, National Cathedral (hopefully) and Library of Congress!!!

20 comments:

Heather said...

I am so glad you made it through security I'm laughing about the pat down. That sounds like something I would do ;) I'm happy to know you made it safely. I'm praying for you!!!

Heather said...

Have a great trip, Julie! You are so darlin' in that picture with the tea!

Heather said...

I just thought about it, but depending on your flight pattern, you might have flown over me today. If I had thought about it, I would have waved ;) Have fun tomorrow!

Marlee Belle said...

Glad you made it! You and your leg pump are cracking me up!

Candy said...

I'm glad you made it there safely and with no trouble! :) How fun that you get to blog while you are there! Have fun today! :)

Megan said...

Yay! I'm glad you guys are there safe (with the exception of a butt pat down!)
It looks like you are already having so much fun!

Kelly said...

Oh so fun!!!!!!! You were so smart to call TSA ahead of time!
I've been to Baltimore a lot for work and the inner harbor is so neat! So glad you got to see it!
Hope you are having fun and soaking in all the history today. Our youth group from church is leaving Sat to drive to Balitmore/DC for a mission trip.

Laura said...

Oh, wow! Sounds like you guys are having lots of fun!! I laughed out loud at the "patting down" part!

Kim said...

Yeah!! I am so happy that you made it! I look forward to more pictures!!

Brooklyn said...

ha! that is so funny...i can just see you getting patted down! :-) judy said you called the office tuesday. hope you are having fun and getting to relax. say hi to thomas jefferson for me.
b

Faith said...

So glad you made is safely and are having such a good time! Can't wait to see and hear more!

Angela said...

Glad to know you got there safely! Keep us posted.

Kristen said...

How stinking smart are you to call ahead and let them know you had your leg pump?! I wouldn't have thought about until I arrived!
Zack and I were on our honeymoon when all the security stuff happened a couple years ago. I just threw all the lingerie I got from my showers into my suitcase and was SO embarrassed when they made me open my suitcase in front of everyone!! :) What a ding dong to have packed it ALL! Note to self, there could be a bombing at an airport when you're on a trip, so be careful what you pack! :)
LOVE the pic of you at McDonalds...too cute!
Be safe and keep on taking the pics sister! (I was impressed to see the one from the plane...you are dedicated!) :)

valerie said...

Hey Julie,
I'm so glad everything went well at the airport with security. That was funny about you being patted down. :)
I just know you're having a wonderful time. I love seeing the pictures. Can't wait to hear & see more.
Love,
Valerie

Megan L Hutchings said...

I am so glad that everything went smoothly with the security line ;)! You look so adorable in the Mickey D's pic...praise the Lord for Sweet Tea!!!

The Inner Harbor sounds so nice! I have always wanted to visit Maryland and DC ;)!

Jared said...

Hi Julie! Sounds and looks like you guys are having fun. Tell Eric hi for me. I look forward to seeing the pics of your trip.

MommaSears said...

So glad you are doing good on you trip. GPS is wonderful. I am so happy you and your med equip made it through security. Enjoy your time in DC.

Kara said...

Praying for you, have a blessed and wonderful 4th of July in DC!

In Christ, Kara - John 3:30

valerie said...

Check out my blog when you get a chance. I sent you an award.
Val

Leigh Ann said...

I'm all about some sweet tea, too. Great pics, Julie.