“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.” –Paulo Coelho
We enjoy Baltimore. There's so much to do and it seems like there's some kind of festival or event going on every weekend. One of our favorite things is the Saturday morning farmers market in Fells Point. They have all the regular great produce booths plus arts and crafts, fresh bread, organic cheeses, wonderful food booths and local winery and distillery samples, and best of all it's a fun place to watch people (and dogs).
The festival for the day was the Chesapeake Cowboy Grand Finale Shoot Out, which is an extreme boat docking competition. It’s the Chesapeake Bay’s version of a rodeo and is considered a water sport in which work boats and charter boats compete within their divisions to go from point “A” to point “B” and execute a task of lassoing poles for a timed competition. They compete for cash, prizes, trophies and of course bragging rights. These competitions are in different places all summer and the final showdown was in Baltimore this year. There was also crab picking and oyster shucking completions…seafood is a way of life around the Chesapeake. Most of these people grew up on boats and the youngest captain in today’s event was 13. This water rodeo is an absolute spectacular to witness and there is truly never a dull moment…we even saw two captains fall off their boats while they were attempting to lasso a post. It was a fun way to spend the afternoon.
The crab picking competition. The lady in the orange t-shirt picked 2.4 pounds in 10 minutes.
The oyster shucking competition
The docking competition