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Fort McHenry-crabs (Baltimore)

Tugboat | Sep 14, 2005 12:18 PM

A group of friends came up from DC on Saturday for a planned crab event.

We were trying to decide all week about our various options.

I could have picked up a few dozen and taken them back to my place, but the backyard was too small for the number of guests.

We also could have just gone to a crab place and eaten them there (an option we wanted to avoid as well as we all made some snacks and had our own bevies)

When we saw that it was going to be a sunny day, I decided to pick up crabs to go from Chris' and take them to Ft. McHenry for a nice picnic.

I have had several picnics there before and figured it would be no problem (although in the past we had fewer people)

When we arrived, I was convinced we were doomed.

There were people everywhere. I turns out it was one of the Forts biggest events of the year, celebrating the Star Spangled Banner.

We had beer and wine with us in addition to the crabs (never a problem before, but again on a more discrete scale) but there were police and park rangers everywhere.

I figured they would turn us away.

But it was an amazing time.

We ate crabs on the picnic benches right by the water.

No hassles. The view was great. And the crabs from Chris' were outstanding. They gave us 3 doz. thirties for $75.

If you ever want to take some food and wine to a nice spot, go to Ft. McHenry.

You can see all the boats coming and going and the view is amazing.

There is no charge to sit in the picnic area, only if you want to tour the Fort.

I can’t recommend the spot enough. We are planning on going back at least once more before the crab season ends.

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