That’s right – I didn’t recognize Ryan because of his bald head (and the mustache)! Ryan was just deployed to the Middle East and his flight took him through Baltimore with about a 24 hour layover. So Nik and I picked him up late Sunday morning, on one of the hottest days of the year – it was probably over 100. I told him we were just acclimating him to the heat of the desert! First we went to Fort McHenry, which is where I like to take all my Baltimore visitors. Come to visit and I’ll take you too! (This picture was taken by a cute old lady who clearly walks her dog at Ft. McHenry a lot and takes a lot of pictures for tourists!)
Next, we went to Federal Hill, Nik’s favorite view point of Baltimore, and the site of our first ultra-romantic date (as opposed to our first date that I didn’t know was a date!).
After that, we had to take Ryan to the airport, to the USO, where he had to change into his uniform and get ready for a very long flight. Sort of like with Rachel when she went to Africa, I felt a bit of the weight of being the last family member to see Ryan before he left for potentially a long trip away from home. It was very good to see him, especially because we figured out it’s been since Thanksgiving 2002 that we’ve seen each other! I couldn’t believe how much my little cousin had grown up and changed (and bulked up!). May the Lord bless you and keep you Ryan!