That aside, we headed out around 10am this morning and it took us a little over an hour to reach the park. We checked in at the Museum to get our Park Quest packet of materials to complete the quest. There were 20 fill in the blank statements that we filled in from clues along the 1/4 mile trail to the monument and other resources around the park. Then we completed a word search and another puzzle. It was pretty neat! The park was nice, the hike not bad, and the view from the top of the monument would have been quite beautiful if not for today's
They unfortunately, were NOT firing the Civil War cannon, due to some safety issues, but we did get to see it some other period things from the time. Which was ok, but not as cool as seeing/hearing them fire the canon. Oh well, can't have everything.
We were ready for lunch after our quest. Since Frederick was on the way home, we stopped in at a place a friend recently recommended to me (thanks Brian!), the Barley & Hops Grill.
Total win. The beer was good, our favorite was the Big Ben Nut Brown.
The sweet potato fries and burgers were fantastic. Josh ordered a make-your-own pizza off the kids menu and got to put together his pizza before it was baked.
And Jillian didn't get restless. Oh yeah, and a couple beers and lunch for us all totaled in under $40. This place deserves another visit. Please forgive the picture quality here, the camera I'm borrowing from my mom had "depleted batteries", so these pics were from my cell phone.
They had a very nice set of Blues Brothers 'statues' with which I had to try to get a picture of Jillian. It's a bit blurry because I had to snap it fast...she kept sprinting off through the restaurant.