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Waiting until the afternoon to travel is typically not our mode of operation, but Saturdays weather called for a delay in departure. The Chesapeake Bay is a large body of water and like any large body of water it can be ugly. Tom had been following the weather for days and knew the wind coming from the northeast was suppose to start dying down by mid-afternoon from 10-12 mph to 4-8 mph and waves were suppose to be 1-2, so definitely doable on the Chesapeake. We took off about 1pm and it was rough, but we were heading to St. Michaels on the East coast of the Chesapeake in Maryland and figured we could handle it. It did eventually flatten out a little and since we got up on plane, we got there in about 2 1/2 hours. There are definitely benefits to being able to get up and run.
As day turned to evening on Saturday in St. Michaels, the clouds grew darker and it started raining and blowing. Typically, we check out our new ports right away, but we decided to stay onboard instead with hopes that Sunday (Mother’s Day) would bring better weather. It didn’t. However, it did bring calls from two boys, one from MN and another from CO, that brightened my cold, rainy Mother’s Day.
Monday wasn’t much better, but we still got out and wandered around town. To call St. Michaels quaint is an understatement. When everyone you talk to recommends that you stop in St. Michaels, they are right. It truly is a gem on the Chesapeake. We loved our time in St. Michaels even though the weather didn’t cooperate.
Here’s a few thoughts from our time in St. Michaels……
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
More later from Annapolis and Washington, DC~
Tom & Sue Slightam
Read along as we circumnavigate the eastern half of the United States and southern Canada on the Great Loop on our boat BELLA, a Cruiser 460 Express.