Our month-long sailing trip on the Chesapeake Bay is supposed to be a shakedown cruise for our cruising in retirement which begins in just two years. We will be making notes of problems and things we have to improve before our retirement. We hope to anchor out more nights than we spend in marinas.
|An osprey family nests on Red #6 in the West River.|
The first half of the month of July, we are heading south from our marina in Galesville to visit Solomons and Chrisfield (and then take the passenger ferry to visit both Smith Island and Tangier Island). After Chrisfield, we plan to explore the Choptank River, visiting Oxford (one of our favorite towns along the Bay) and possibly Cambridge. St. Michaels will occupy us for a few days before heading back to our marina in Galesville for a two-day break.
Tuesday, July 1
|When we reached the bay, we motored south against the 5 to 10 knot |
southerly wind--it was cool and comfortable.
Wednesday, July 2
|We experimented with making a nice elegant lunch from inexpensive food materials--as practice |
for our retirement I guess. We grilled (low fat) spam, cut it into triangles and served it with
apple wedges--I would call this experiment successful!
|Thunderstorms rolled through the Solomons late in the afternoon and evening. |
It rained very hard at a few different times.
Thursday, July 3
|As you enter Solomons by water, there is a completely bulkheaded island that is |
forested--it is located in the middle of the harbor. This island is called
Molly Leg Island but Maggie likes to call it "What Island?"
Friday, July 4
|We can't have a cat smelling like the bay! I gather from her expression |
that she didn't like her bath very much.
|The Solomon's Island Pavillion overlooks the Patuxent River.|
|Rock fishing (striped bass) is big in Solomons. This image is some rods and lures under the |
roof of a charter boat. It seems that while or yellow lures are predominant.
|S/V Rainy Days in a slip in Zahnizer's Marina--our last night in Solomons.|
Our next blogpost will be from Crisfield--we plan to be staying in Somers Cove Marina for 3 nights (but we did not make reservations, remembering Rule #2). Including tonight, we have stayed in marinas 2 nights and anchored out 2 nights.
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