As a part time game reviewer, I spend a lot of time in my apartment. However, even I’m not stupid enough to waste a day inside when its 59 degrees outside – particularly when said day is in the middle of January.
The only problem was: where did I want to go?
After a quick consideration of my options, I chose Locust Point because it was far enough away to make getting there feel like an adventure, but close enough that it didn’t take forever to get there. Besides, the bus transfer (Purple to Banner) was at the Visitor’s Center so I could stop for coffee at Barnes & Noble on the way down or get dinner at Power Plant Live on the way back.
I left just 10:30am, and made my way to the Purple route on Preston Street. I got there just as the bus was pulling out so I waited there for about 17 minutes for the next one (slightly longer than their stated wait time, but I wasn’t in any particular hurry). I ended up sitting across from some tourists arriving from Penn Station and was able to eavesdrop on them as we made our way towards the harbor.
It was after 11am when I off at McKeldin Fountain as I decided to forgo Starbucks and walk along the promenade to the Visitor’s Center. I was pretty sure B&N would still be there next week, besides I didn’t want to waste a gift card on a cup of overpriced coffee.
My destination was McHenry Row, an apartment complex laid out like a faux-“Main Street U.S.A” with mid-range chain retailers on the first level with the residents above (like Harbor East for us “poor” people). As much as I like window shopping, my first task when I got off the bus was finding someplace to eat.
This wasn’t all that hard of a decision as there are only two restaurants in the complex. I wasn’t sure if it was some kind of “blue law,” but the Green Turtle Sports Bar was practically empty when I walked in despite it being almost noon. I got a table overlooking the equally empty plaza connecting the main street to the garage. The food was decent, the service was fair, and I received my check at 12:34pm.
I walked around a bit, passing on both Dunkin Donuts and a frozen yogurt place and a few specialty stores before making my way towards the bus stop. I considered getting a haircut, but it looked like there were a lot of people already waiting.
I walked two blocks west on Fort Avenue to Southside Marketplace. The wind was getting stiffer, but I still managed to make a full circle around the low-end mall. I thought about stopping into the Starbucks at the entrance, but I did get a few things at Radio Shack (who knew blue internet cables were so expensive).
I spent what seemed like an eternity waiting for the northbound circulator to show up, but, like this morning’s bus, it was in fact only 17 minutes. I arrived back at McKeldin Fountain at 2:15pm, crossed the street, and waited another ten minutes for the Purple route to arrive.
The day wasn’t over yet, but my adventures were.