Got out just in time this morning to get my walk in before the clouds opened up with a drenching rain. The Inn & Spa at Perry Cabin sent a car & I spent a relaxing hour or so being pampered & the rain stopped leaving a nice, if somewhat humid, day. The “Wedding Crashers” movie was filmed here at the Inn at Perry Cabin. Did some local shopping with the Sarvers & bought groceries for the meal plan for tonight, comfort food, meatloaf and Mac&Cheese. Had a moment of sadness today when my bicycle bit the dust. She gave 5 years of faithful service & put up with all kinds of weather and the extremities of life on the salty sea. At least she can’t complain that I didn’t take her to nice places. Visited the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (it was a good one, & we have seen enough of them now to know the difference)! Saw that “Sea La Vie” has arrived in our marina today. We haven’t seen them since last fall. Went by for docktails.
We departed St Michaels this morning @ 8AM & it was a beautiful morning. A 3 hour cruise put us arriving at the lovely City Docks of Annapolis before lunch. We made the 1pm guided tour of the United States Naval Academy. This campus is steeped in history & tradition, more than could be seen in a 90 minute tour, but we soaked in as much as we could. We saw everything from Roger Staubach’s Heisman Trophy to John Paul Jones crypt. But even after a great tour covering lots of interesting information, the one thing that becomes permanently embedded in your brain is: GO NAVY-BEAT ARMY!!!!! Looper “Cat’s Cradle” is also here at the City Dock & “Foreign Exchange” who has completed the Loop is driving through Annapolis tonight and will stop for a visit!!! Busy. Busy. Bob & Charlotte Snider are Canadians from Toronto & we loved it when Charlotte commented at dinner to Brad “My attention span is almost long enough to figure out the words you are saying, eh?” They have a cabin on the Georgian Bay and we hope to be visiting them on our way through there.
It rained through the night but by morning it had passed, but was still overcast & muggy. West Marine is located about 5 miles away but when summoned, they were glad to send a car for some of their best customers, Brad & Andy. Mary & I walked the town and saw the sights. In 1783, this city was in its heyday as our nation’s first peace time capital. The Annapolis State Building is the oldest state capital building in continuous use in the country. It sits on a hill and all the streets run outward from it like the spokes of a wheel. “Salvage Crew” is docked just a few feet away from the sailboat “Manitou”. Built in the Solomons in 1937 she won many races. JFK made her his official Presidential Yacht in 1962 and sailed her many times. We met some of the Sarver’s friends for Happy Hour at the Annapolis Yacht Club,Liz & Richard Montaner. They treated us to the most fabulous meal. It could be said, Every hour spent on the water is a Happy Hour! Today was another special day.
Friday dawned & we set out for Baltimore. Arrived around lunchtime at the Inner Harbor Marine Center. We took on 350 gallons of fuel here because we notice the prices have been going up since Memorial Day. We passed Deb and Bob “Headquarters” leaving as we pull into our slip. They were moving to a long term slip in another marina because they are going home for awhile. They will come & see us tomorrow before they leave the city. Brad & I walked Baltimore for 2 hours. There is a lot to see & do here. Cooking with the Sarvers tonight for dinner. We are looking for the Stanley Cup tonight! GO WINGS!
We slept in this morning. Working this hard at having fun is exhausting if you don’t take time to rest!!!!! We got up & decided we needed a day of taking care of business. So we rented a car and did chores, WalMart, West Marine, Grocery, Liquor Store, Post Office, etc. But the most important thing we had going on today here in Baltimore was our “for real” Last Supper with Bob & Deb Koerner from “Headquarters”. They have secured long term dockage and are leaving to go home for a month. They will be back here to boat on the Chesapeake more this summer and then will head south in the fall for warmer climates. We will miss them. We promised & vowed that somehow, somewhere we will have reunions. Maybe by air, land or sea. We have enjoyed being together way too much to stop now. This is absolutely one of the best things about “The Loop” & traveling the way we have for the last 8 months. Making friendships that will last a lifetime because we have been in unique circumstances with new acquaintances that we have so much in common with. I never would have known how special these friendships could be. The six of us, “Headquarters”, “Good News” & “Salvage Crew” all had cocktails aboard “Salvage Crew” and went to dinner together at “The Rusty Scupper” Restaurant. Hugs all around! Bye Deb & BK!!! We love you guys!
What an absolutely glorious day in Baltimore today. Sunny skies with a cool breeze. There was a 10K Run going on around the perimeter of the Inner Harbor when we got up this morning. Federal Hill has been covered with people and by mid morning, we & the Sarvers were out & about on the terrific water taxi system in the Harbor. $9 per adult (no break for old guys like Brad) and you can get on & off all day at 16 different stops near 35 different attractions. We visited Fells Point and walked the old cobblestone streets & had a great lunch in an old historic building at Kooper’s Tavern. Water taxied over to Fort McHenry where tonight they will have the US Army Band from DC playing in honor of Flag Day and a fireworks display at 9pm. (The old guy helped us out here getting us all in free with his “Old Guys National Park Membership”once again proving that age has its privileges.) We met Scott Shead of the US Park Rangers who has worked at Fort McHenry for 30 years and enjoyed his stories and historical knowledge.
The water taxi got us back to our docks around 4pm and the crockpot had my roast cooked, so we will siesta, meet for cocktails around 6, dinner at 7, and watch the fireworks from Federal Hill at 9pm.
Up & out early to make the best use of the rental car before we turn it in mid-day. Toured many of the different areas of the city including, Little Italy, Federal Hill, and passing many notable Baltimore sites like Oriole Park, Camden Yards, B&O Railroad, Lexington Market, John Hopkins, Edgar Allan Poe home & gravesite, the Power Plant, & Babe Ruth’s birthplace. Had a nice lunch at M&S while walking the Inner Harbor one more time. We will be on our way tomorrow. Baltimore has been great & we hate to leave it. Saw Buck & Haldine off “Darling” who are staying here all summer then moving South for winter again this year. We won’t be seeing them regularly anymore. I have to remember my favorite Dr Suess quote again. The same one I had to think of when saying goodbye to Deb & Bob on Headquarters! “Don’t cry because it’s over, Smile because it happened!!!!”
We push away from the dock at 8 AM and make our way back to the Chesapeake & head North to Worton’s Creek. We have 2-3 ft waves but they calm as we get closer to our destination, arriving around Noon. We must be veteran cruisers now. We can remember when we first hit salt water and a 2 ft chop on a bay made our eyes get real wide open. Now it’s not even mentionable. Worton Creek is the opposite from the excitement & pace of Baltimore. It was just what we needed to rejuvenate. We had also heard they had a great restaurant here. Just our luck, we get here to find that the restaurant now is only open from Thurs-Sun. Another victim of a down economy. But we needed a chill day & we got one when a small front passed through & the temps dropped. Laziest day we have had in awhile, reading & watching movies. Mary & I fixed a fabulous supper, (if we do say so ourselves). We had NC Shrimp fixed 2 ways, gilled wrapped in prosciutto & grilled buffalo shrimp, chopped salad & Tomato Pie. It was excellent. We will roll out and move North again tomorrow.
We left the Chesapeake today. What an absolutely fabulous area. We have fond memories of the great towns we visited & are now in the C&D Canal. It is a ditch (manmade) that joins the Chesapeake Bay with the Delaware River. We are in Chesapeake City and have taken the self-guided bicycle tour. It’s a pretty little town with B&Bs, restaurants, pubs, shops, bakeries, etc. all in historic restored houses. I know that sounds like so many other towns we have been in, but they are all quite different as well.
Our plan was to overnight here and move across the Delaware River tomorrow to Cape May. However, weather looks like it may play a part in our decision for tomorrow as it is said that “Whenever the Chesapeake Bay gets rough, the Delaware River will be twice as rough.” The forecast does not look good for the next few days. We will remain flexible with our plan. That’s the beauty of not being on a schedule.
Weather remains an issue today but it did stop raining around 11am so we got out on our bikes. Tomorrow looks better for the Delaware River crossing so we will hope that remains true through tomorrow morning. We spent the last 25 days in the Chesapeake Bay and 10 wonderful towns there. Can’t wait to see what is around the next bend. Here in Chesapeake City is the transfer point for Chesapeake & Delaware pilots. Those are the men hired for their local knowledge of water navigation that board the huge freighters & ships and guide them safely through. So at this point small pilot boats run out to the moving ships in the channel & the “pilot” boards or disembarks via swaying rope ladders thrown between the two boats. The ships have to move at a good clip to maintain steerage in the narrow channel. They say it is quite entertaining to watch so we are staying alert for our opportunity to view that spectacle. A rousing game of Mexican Train was made even more fun this afternoon by a pitcher of Bloody Marys!! We made Santa Fe Soup for supper since it's been kind of wet & gloomy today.