Cruising the Chesapeake Bay

We enjoyed a nearly perfect run down the coast from NYC to Cape May, NJ followed by an easy run up the Delaware River, across the C&D Canal down into the Chesapeake Bay. Two of the most trying legs are over!

A great breakfast on the patio of the marina to celebrate our easy offshore passage to Cape May. However … we now have a new vice – bourbon butter!
A favorite restaurant in “downtown” Cape May we needed to re-visit from a few years ago. Here’s the birthday girl!
This pissed-off Bald Eagle appears to be trying to figure out why his beautiful nest fell off the pilings at the Cape May ferry terminal.
Half-way up the Delaware Bay, we came across this old ship with 2 tugs pushing & pulling in every direction, but not moving. Aground? No – it was in 40′ of water. Watching the show for over half an hour as we headed up the bay, Lori finally called one of the tugs on the VHF radio. Apparently, while being towed from Philadelphia to a scrap yard in Texas, the towline snapped. The tug at the stern was keeping the ship in position while the other tug was attempting to retrieve the broken towline & attach a new one. Ummmm … how was it going to make it 1,500 miles in open ocean when it couldn’t make it 15 miles down the peaceful Delaware River??
A stop at Chestertown, MD was recommended by fellow cruiser Gene on Adventure & was well worth the 14 mile detour up the Chester River. A little town with lots to see & good eats. Evergrain Bakery had fantastic breakfast pastries in the morning & delicious breads in the afternoon. Chestertown is a cute little town filled with dozens of restored 18th century houses. It had been the state’s 2nd busiest port for almost a hundred years … until railroads in the late 1800’s across the Chesapeake in Baltimore made it obsolete as a major port.
Kent Narrows was another new stop for us, just in time for a nasty cold front with wind gusts to 40 & a temp drop of 30!. This sky the night before confirmed that something was up!
Fortunately, the nearby Harris Crab House had fantastic crab soup & these yummy oysters to keep us sustained thru the storm!

We always debate how quickly to be moving south.  Why be rushing south when it’s still in the 80’s? Well … we’re now being reminded of why!  After this cold front, temps in the Chesapeake have drastically dropped into the low ’50!  While the temps will moderate next week, fall has both officially & un-officially arrived!

 

Summer Wrap-Up

We’re beginning cruising year #12 (#13 if you include our RV year)!

Well … first another drive up to Vermont for Benj’s birthday!

As if we don’t see enough boats & ships as it is, we had to check out the Steamboat Ticonderoga, restored, but now 2 miles inland at the Shelburne Museum.
A selfie with the birthday boy on the grand staircase of the Ticonderoga.
Now we’re off! Down the Connecticut River. We usually don’t need this Amtrak bridge to open for us, but it was high tide & recent rain caused some river rise.
Hey! Stop tailing us you pesty sub! (This photo was actually from 2 weeks ago on our way back from Block Island, but is he still following us??
We are often anchored near NYC on 9/11 – very sobering. Beams of light from various points in NYC & in this case, NJ.
This cute Kingfisher visited us a few times. Unfortunately, these Spotted Lanternflies (named as they have a bright orange body visible when they fly) swarmed us on our last day in NJ. Dozens landing & hundreds floating! on the water all around us! They are highly invasive, having come over on ships from China into NY & NJ a few years ago. They have quickly spread to neighboring states causing great concern from the USDA. While they devastate many trees & plants, they are especially destructive to various fruits & grapes. Unfortunately in the U.S. (unlike Asia), they have no natural predators to slow them down.

We will soon arrive in Cape May, NJ, after a sometimes challenging 116 mile offshore run.  We’ve had nearly perfect cruising conditions so far!