Many Moons is hanging out for awhile at an “island” which isn’t quite that, just 56 miles south of Annapolis on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, at the mouth of the Patuxent River. Solomons claims the designation of “island” because a 20-foot-wide waterway (more like a ditch) separates it from the mainland. Never mind a bit of exaggeration; it’s a charming place, and a hot destination for city folk during the summer. It isn’t hot now, with temperatures lingering in the 50s under a grey drizzle. Hundreds of boats “live” here, but almost all remain at their slips in this first week of April. Trees are just beginning to bud and many places remain closed. We aren’t surprised, as we have moved north much earlier than most Looping boats. Jeff says that we are “trying to make sure that hot weather doesn’t catch us.” We are succeeding at that!
We’ve arrived in Maryland, the 14th state on our journey. On the 45-mile cruise from Reedville (Va.), we passed the 11-mile-wide mouth of the Potomac River and strongly considered going up it — but didn’t. We passed by Tangier Island, which is slowly sinking; it’s not yet open for the season, so I’ll have to make that trip on my own. We passed Point Lookout, where a Confederate POW camp once stood…and where I stood, several years ago, contemplating the consequences of war. We also passed strange fields of sticks in the bay. We had a blessedly calm cruise and a very calm night, anchored in a protected cove, where we made an evening visit to a fabulous waterfront home.
Our boating buddy for several days, Yooper Too, rejoined us for the day and night but has moved on to her spring/summer home, one day’s cruise north of here. She will be put “on the hard” — i.e., parked on land — while her skipper returns to Michigan, where he runs charter cruises on Lake Superior. He’ll return to his boat, and The Loop, at some future date. As we hear the Canada geese honking their way north, we wonder if we should be heading north also. I’ve been investigating long-term marinas where Many Moons can sit still for awhile, but the rest of The Great Loop is calling to Jeff already. After just one day here, he’s imagining heading north…past Annapolis and Baltimore and New York City, into the Hudson River of New York State, and on to the Erie Canal. Me? I’ll soon be at home, just 65 miles from here, to do my taxes and prepare for a trip to Egypt.
Will Mary and Jeff go their separate ways again, at least for awhile? Stay tuned! As always, photos and captions below.
The tiled gallery below shows images from the “On Watch” memorial just a mile from our marina, recognizing the WWII-era Navy Amphibious base that trained 68,000 GIs for the D-Day landing. I’ve been here before, when I rented a waterfront cottage at the nearby Navy Recreation Center, and it was cool to bring Jeff here. It reminded me again of my work in Normandy during the D-Day 50th Anniversary events. So many rich Navy memories! We heard today that the decrepit ship was sold recently for $5,000.