Just outside our slip in the St. Michaels harbor, the anchorage filled up over the Memorial weekend. An idyllic field of sailboats when the sun is sinking towards the horizon almost demands to be preserved in art. Perhaps a watercolor painting. Or poetry. Since we lack paint, an easel, brushes, and skill, we were inspired to capture the mood in a poem:
The guys at the marina were great. Helpful dock hands showed us a better way to affix lines. (There are no ropes on a boat.) The service at the restaurant was a bit slow, but we weren’t in a hurry. At least some of the time.
Our first day we walked to a funky taco shop and then took the boys through the Maryland grass. Benny picked up a tick. The concept of ticks has terrified our entire family ever since we spent time in Maine last summer, which is why Mallory demanded public credit for removing it. Ticks quite possibly are worse than crab pots. We wonder if Benny is worth it.
The boys at least seemed happy to have shore leave on a regular basis for a few days. They have been troopers on the boat though. At our former house they had a small door of their own and an acre-sized bathroom available around the clock. So far no accidents despite several long cruising days.
We took the no-fly restriction in the harbor as more of a suggestion than a rule and buzzed the drone around for a few minutes. Mallory and Shannon waved from Misty Pearl but thankfully the authorities were unable to connect the dots.
Several cruisers introduced themselves during our stay, including Walt and Midge Johnson, who started the Loop last July and are in the home stretch aboard Rambunctious. They’re traveling about three times faster on their way home to Lake Erie so we likely won’t meet up again unless they have a serious problem. Tom Rogers stopped by on a Hobie i11, which we might buy ourselves for our birthdays. Tom and his wife Connie are aboard a 30 ft. cat named rPAD.
We also took advantage of the municipal pump out dude. We wish we could pay him just to follow along behind us.
A couple of years ago we spent a quiet and peaceful Thanksgiving in St. Michaels. Memorial Day, however, is the unofficial start of boating season on Chesapeake Bay, which meant everything was hopping this time. Oddly there almost was a Coronado-ish vibe. Great restaurants, a farmer’s market where we bought the veggies Shannon used in her delicious pasta sauce and the bread to go with it, and long bike rides. Local artists displayed their work on light pole banners throughout town. There is a bizarre number of graveyards in town. Those weren’t hopping.
Johnny Mautz may or may not be a qualified candidate, but if printing a zillion signs and planting one in every nook and cranny is effective he will win in a landslide.
We took an Uber trip to nearby Easton for pedicures (for those of us not named Doug) and the obligatory West Marine visit (by those of us named Doug.) As the Best Songwriter in History observed, “Everybody’s gotta have somebody to look down on.” We learned from the driver that for the good folks of St. Michaels, the Eastonians play that role. But we picked up varnish and some other essentials—like pedicures—so Easton was okay for us.
Sunday night a good thunderstorm rolled through, causing much scrambling along the dock as people re-tied their lines. We felt pretty confident and just hunkered down to play cards and listen to the rain. For once we didn’t mind it, although the downpour that trapped us on the Monday morning dog walk was unexpectedly chilly.
Memorial Day saw our neighbors steam out and back towards their home marinas. Brownie’s sister had school on Tuesday. The two kids on our starboard side fished while listening to a finals study guide before departing. Dinner with the girls at Limoncello was fantastic.
With most boats gone, we had a clear path out Tuesday morning and planned to shoot through the Kent Narrows. However, the timing of things would have put us there at low tide. The shoal warning and current direction were enough to scare us into taking an additional two hours to go around the south tip of Kent Island and then back north to Rock Hall. Rock Hall claims to be “Pearl of the Chesapeake” so no chance Misty Pearl could pass it up.
Along the the way birds tried to block our ability to read the channel markers, but we were able to find our way to Rock Hall Landing around 6 hours and 37 nm after leaving St. Michaels.