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07-09-2008 06:26 PM
ehmanta
Next time!

Chef,
Next time you're heading South, drop me a line, we'll have a mini-Tartan rendevous....I'm on the lower Potomac (AKA washing machine )
You can't pass up Onancock next go-around, there's a nice "old-time" feel about it and it has a few decent restaurants. Tangier is a good thing to do at least once, great cultural experience. Beware of the currents as you tie up to Parks Marina, they whip thru at 4-5 knots.
If you make it further down the bay, Kiptopeke State Park is really a cool place to anchor, but only if the weather is benign. You anchor in behind the concrete ships in about 15-20 feet of water in a nice sandy bottom and fish for flounder or cobia later in the year. There's hiking trails, beaches, hot showers on shore and ice cream in the little convience store run by the park.
Cape Charles is two-sided. There's the city harbor and marina that is cheap and convenient, but not much to look at and you have to walk across the railroad tracks to get to the restaurants. Then there's the new fancy Bay Creek marina on Kings Creek, but I've never ventured into it (I'm told that there's a lot of shoaling)
Anyway, the Bay is a wonderful place to explore and it could take a lifetime to see it all, Happy Sails
Tom
07-09-2008 01:43 PM
brak T37, if you are ever in vicinity of Solomons again - come by May be your kids can teach mine to like sailing some more
07-09-2008 12:19 PM
JohnRPollard Nice photos, Chef.

I wish I'd known you were in St. Michael's -- it sounds like we were both there at the same time!
07-09-2008 11:02 AM
SailorMitch Chef--fantastic shots. Congrats on what was obviously a great trip. you are making me jealous!

Mitch
07-08-2008 07:28 PM
landlockvasailor Thanks for sharing the pictures, I got home sick. I miss Maryland and the folks in Calvert county.

Tom
07-07-2008 02:44 PM
chucklesR Great pics, good trip.
07-07-2008 12:58 PM
T37Chef
Some pics of our trip...

Solomon's, Mill Creek, the sunset before a thunderstorm rolled through later that night.





The next morning we head out of Mill Creek to stay at Spring Cove Marina



The pool at Spring Cove



A view of the Calvert Maritime Museum in Solomons...a definite for anyone visiting Solomon's. The museum is very well done, allot more than I expected! Highlights were the River Otter Aquarium, the Kids Room which they had hands on things for the kids to do, see, and feel, and the numerous restorations & reproductions of classic Chesapeake boats.



A view of the bridge into Solomons from the boardwalk.



As we come up the St Mary's river, we pass Historic St. Mary's City Museum with a view of a reproduction cargo ship, as we head around the point to Horseshoe Bend where we anchor for the next two nights.



The next day we dingy'ed in to shore and enjoyed touring all the sites. I would mention that you should bring lunch with you, there's not many places with-in walking distance other than the colleges dining services.
Elizabeth & Olivia are partaking in some Colonial bowling...





watering the gardens the old way...



The picture is a little blurry I know...but what a beautiful sunset background for Elizabeth



The next morning is a long day sail from St Mary's to St. Michaels, a tour boat as we enter the anchorage off St Michaels...



where the hell are we...?????



Olivia enjoying a slide in St Michaels...



Irene & Elizabeth after enjoying some ice cream, a lucky guy I am...



Enjoying some eastern shore corn...



Well, thats it...a unforgettable week on the bay, we can't wait to do it again!
07-06-2008 03:07 PM
landlockvasailor Next time down the Bay

If you go to Deltaville and tie up at Fishing Bay Marina, Debbie and her husband Ron may have a car availabe. Deltaville is dead, but two good restuarants. The Galley and what used to be called the Red Sky. By the way there are two West marine stores there.

If you want to be in a working boat yard, go up the Mobjack to Severn river. Shallow, but Holiday Marina did have 4' mlw when I had a boat there. Most of the folks were watermen. Good people.

Off the York River on Sarah Creek, York River Yatch Haven has an excellent restaurant. They have a pool and nice store. Not much in the area except VIMS.

In Hampton, the Salt Ponds has a very nice marina. Good food, but expensive. Not close to downtown, would need car

Also, in Hampton, a much is the docks downtown near the museum. Like Solomons, everything within walking distance.

Onancock has a small city dock with slips, you will need a bike to get around.

But my favorite is Solomons having lived on a boat there for six months at Harbor Island Marina. Great people in Calvert county. After coming off boat, decided to move to Prince Frederick and lived there for six years.

Tom
07-06-2008 02:48 PM
craigtoo Way to go Chef....!

Sorry I missed you on this trip... I cruised to St. Michaels on Mon/Tue. That was my first time there...enjoyed it.

For future cruising ideas... I wanted to put a vote in for Cape Charles. Neat little town... and if I'm correct, I believe that Hinkley will be building a plant there soon.

Also there is a cool Irish Pub. Which puts any port of call over the top for me! (Nice new rebuilt marina too...) The approach is a bit long... If I remember correctly you have to come in from the South.

I leave for Poland again tomorrow.. but I'll be back in about 3 weeks or so... see you out there!
07-05-2008 09:02 PM
T37Chef
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Chef, not sure how far down your coming but the James river is interesting. You can anchor of Williamsburg and the Navy Ghost Fleet is a site. There is also a book "Cruising the Chesapeake - A gunkholers guide" which is extremely informative. Well worth the $40.00 if your cruising the bay.
Thats a hike for us, I was contemplating a night sail down the bay but wimped out with the kids aboard, besides there is so much crap to navigate around in the bay, I did'nt want the stress.

BTW I am proud to say the even without a working depth gage I did not hit bottom once, of course we only draw 4'
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