Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Last Day on Chesapeake Bay

It would take several weeks to explore all the great cruising locations on the Chesapeake Bay.  We are glad to have been able to retrace some of the most historical waterways and destinations that people before us used to make our country.  It's hard to take it all in but now we have a visual and spacial sense of what these places looked like and that makes reading about the historical events more personal.  Navigating the waterways in and around the Chesapeake Bay gives you a new respect for what early explorers faced and they didn't have the luxury of real-time weather, GPS, maps or flushing toilets.  We will never forget the people and places along the Chesapeake Bay.

The northern end of the Bay narrows and we took a path toward the east that goes up the Elk River and then into the Bohemian River that takes us to our last marina on the Bay.  This stop sets us up for preparing our exit of the Chesapeake by taking the C&D (Chesapeake to Delaware) canal.  The ideal window for this passage is a function of tide, current and weather.  All three need to be favorable to make the 27 mile passage as comfortable as possible. Viridian's fuel tanks were topped off with about 112 gallons of diesel and the holding tank was pumped before we went into our assigned slip.  

Bohemian River Yacht Harbor is not located close to restaurants but some restaurants deliver to the marina.  We were all in the mood for some pizza and chicken wings so a phone call was made and in no time we were digging into the boxes as we sat around the pool that overlooks the river where a sailboat regatta was taking place under a gray misty sky.  Osprey carried fish into the wind until they couldn't fly anymore and landed on boats moored close to shore.  It is almost June and we still needed to dress for cool weather.  The sun has not been seen since we left Solomons Island but the wind has been unusually calm giving us good cruising conditions and cool nights.  We hear reports of historic flooding taking place in the Baltimore area but all we see as we pass these places are a few logs and sticks floating in the channel.  It keeps us on our toes on a long quiet cruise.

That's the news and here's some views:

We are here

Today's Route from Rock Hall Marina, MD, to Bohemia River Marina, MD 

Bohemia River Marina, MD

Chesapeake Bay tapers as we come to the northern end in Elk River

Relaxing at Bohemian Bay Yacht Harbor

Docked under a brief break in the clouds

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