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The two RV Gypsies visited friends
and explored North Beach, Maryland,
August 18-21, 2014

Motto "The Jewel of the Chesapeake Bay"

USA map showing location of the state of MarylandState of Maryland map showing location of North Beach

Maryland is a USA state located in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. to its south and west; Pennsylvania to its north; and Delaware to its east. Maryland was the seventh state to ratify the United States Constitution, and has three occasionally used nicknames: the Old Line State, the Free State, and the Chesapeake Bay State.

Maryland is also considered to be the birthplace of religious freedom in America, dating back to its earliest colonial days when it was made a refuge for persecuted Catholics from England by George Calvert the first Lord Baltimore, and the first English proprietor of the then-Maryland colonial grant.

Maryland is one of the smallest states in terms of area. The state's largest city is Baltimore, and its capital is Annapolis.

Karen and her friend, Barbara Stern who lives in Maryland.

Karen Duquette and her friend Barbara

North Beach is a town in Calvert County, Maryland, and was incorporated in 1910. The town was a gambling mecca for summer visitors from the Washington, D.C. area during the 1940s. In the 1960s and 1970s it became a destination for motorcycle gangs.

Revitalization began in the 1980s, and escalated in the 1990s. Tropical Storm Isabel destroyed many of the waterfront homes and boardwalk in 2003. Since then, the waterfront of North Beach has been rebuilt with multi-story homes and a condominium. North Beach currently has no gambling venues, other than MD Lottery sales, although many establishments in Chesapeake Beach offer games that exploit loopholes in the current laws to make playing profitable for patrons. The legalizing of slot machines at some horse racing tracks passed in a statewide referendum in November 2008.

Welcome to Maryland sign
North Beach water tower
Lee Duquette and Bob watching the birds
a fancy birdfeeder

Birds resting and drying their wings.

Birds resting and dryng their wings
Birds resting and dryng their wings

View of the dock and water from the patio - and view of houses from the dock.

View of Chesapeake Bay from the patio
view of houses from the dock

Barbara and Karen

Lee and Bob deep in conversation.

Barbara and Karen
Lee and Bob deep in conversation.

Dynamite holes in the rocks. All the rocks lining the shore were brought up from the bottom of Chesapeake Bay.

The shell of a horseshoe crab

Dynamite holes in the rocks
The shell of a horsehoe crab

Lee Duquette sends his greetings
from North Beach

laughing clipart dudeKaren and Barbara pet the sea otter

Lee Duquette sends his greetings
Karen and Barbara pet the sea otter

Purchased Wrist Bands are required on the beach but not on the boardwalk.

the beach and pier

The benches on North Beach Boardwalk had plaques in memory of loved ones. Many also had a meaningful trinket attached.

sign about North Beach Boardwalk
North Beach Boardwalk

laughing clipart dudeBarbara walked the line.

Barbara walks the line

Birds enjoyed a snack in Barbara's backyard.

Birds enjoying a snack
Birds enjoying a snack

Severna Park, Maryland

Karen Duquette on Barbara's back porch.

Karen and Barbara went line-dancing.

Karen Duquette
Karen and Barbara go line-dancing

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