Again – X2, crossing the Bay

Sunday, May 29, 2016

This blog will catch y’all up with where we are now.  I am still “messing” with the photos from Tangier Island but until I sort that out, this post is coming your way.

We have crossed the Chesapeake Bay 3 times now in the past several days.  When we left Crisfield, MD after the visit to Tangier Island, we went to Solomon’s Island at a marina called Spring Cove.  I had hoped to connect with long time friends Jack and Doris, who live nearby.  But, as luck would have it, they were returning from a visit to their daughter’s in Seattle.!!!   We have promised to meet when we get to Baltimore.

We rode our bikes to explore Solomon’s Island Sat. afternoon.   YIKES — what a crazy time that was.   There were weddings going on, people on bikes, motorcycles, cars, trucks, walking, meandering, lots of music and noise, body to body along the river area and park like setting, with so much congestion of vehicles and people.  We looked at each other and said – “let’s get out of here and back to the boat”!

The marina where we stayed as well as several surrounding us were all busy.  There must have been a 1,000 boats in the area.  We prefer the more laid back places than this.  BUT – they did serve a great hot dog at the bar!!

We connected with Tim and Melissa , on near Miss, from Atlanta. They are also doing the Great Loop.   We shared our first “docktails” with them and 2 others couples while in Georgetown, SC.

This morning we departed fairly early to avoid rain showers and thunderstorms predicted for this afternoon.   We arrived in Oxford, MD – (back across the Bay) shortly after Noon.  We are at Campbell’s Marina, on Bachelor’s Point.  This place is tucked into a small basin.  We rode our bikes into Oxford this afternoon.  LOVE this old old town.  It was settled in the 1600’s and I don’t know for sure, but I would bet that that guy, Captain John Smith was here too!!   🙂   The homes and yards are all neatly groomed and cared for, with many having these short white picket fences around at least their front yards.  (see photo below)  So far, this is the most picturesque town we have seen.

typical house in Oxford, MD

This area is on the Choptank  and the Tred  Avon Rivers  We stopped at a small local market where the owner had just pulled out loaves of Portuguese bread from the oven, which he sells.  OH yeah — scooped up one of those babies in a heart beat!   Ms. Vickie, Hank can’t wait to have your jam on toast in the morning! –    YUM

Tomorrow we will visit St. Michael’s and where ever else we may wander.  If we can’t get a rental car because of the Holiday, we can take a Ferry from here.  Bad weather tomorrow, but hope to cruise – back across the Bay – AGAIN – on Tues. or Wed..  The trip gets shorter as the Bay narrows a the North end of it.   🙂




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