"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

August 30, 2011

Aug. 29 - Rock Hall, MD

Day 164 - Calm Day on Chesapeake Bay
Rock Hall City Dock

We will be spending the rest of the season exploring the eastern shore of the Chesapeake, so most of our days will be short runs from one small town or anchorage to another. No need to get up early or get in a hurry to move each day...from now on it will be very laid back and relaxed. I know, a lot of you think this whole trip has been that way, but it really hasn't. We've had a lot of long, hard days...really we have!

This morning I did a load of wash and we picked up a few more things at Safeway. After lunch we untied all sixteen lines and pulled away from Baltimore. We don't feel like we saw much of Baltimore, but we were ready to move on. It felt nice to be back on the water and it was a great day to cross the bay...from the looks of today you'd never know a hurricane was here just a few days ago.

We are docked at the free dock in Rock Hall. It's a cute little town full of crab boats, oyster boats and pleasure boats. Rock Hall describes itself as a quaint fishing town that sits picturesquely on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay. It can trace its history to 1707 and the beginning of the United States, first as an important tobacco port, then as a major fishing and crabbing center. Today it is a unique sailing and boating destination. It's very peaceful here today, but I'm sure it's a busy place on the weekends. We rode our bikes around town and looked in a few stores. It doesn't look like they had much damage from Hurricane Irene, just a few tree limbs down and we were told they were without power for about 20 hours.

Another couple is docked behind us so we got together this evening and shared a few stories. We may see them again at the MTOA Rendezvous in September.

“Francis Scott Key” buoy - the buoy marks the spot where the ship carrying Francis Scott Key, the author of the Star Spangled Banner, was anchored during the bombardment of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812.
Rock Hall
The Pearl at the city dock in Rock Hall
Crab Traps on the dock
Crab Boats
Oysterman - dedicated to the watermen and other working people of this Chesapeake Bay area.
Part of Main Street in Rock Hall

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