Summer arrived in full force this past weekend. With temps climbing into the highs 80s, Alice and I decided to cruise to Annapolis for the weekend. After arriving at Haven Harbour Friday afternoon we learned from our dock mates Faith and Bob that they, too, planned to cruise to Annapolis for the weekend. We were in for a fun time.
We set sail Saturday morning. The skies were blue, bright and beautiful. And the winds were calm. It was the perfect day to be on the water. We powered into the Bay and set out south towards the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, a majestic dual-span structure that connects the western and eastern shores of Maryland.
Annapolis, the Maryland capital, is located just past the bridge, on the Severn River. Located about 15 nautical miles from our home port, Annapolis is the home of the US Naval Academy, St. John’s College (the third oldest college in the U.S.) and tempting tidewater cuisine. Once under its expansive span, we wrapped around a massive cargo ship and headed west towards the mouth of the Severn.
Inside the river we maneuvered south again into Spa Creek and Annapolis Harbor, in search of a mooring ball. The Creek was active and locating a ball was a bit challenging. After some searching, we curled around a beautiful Grand Banks and set our sights on #15. Although it’s been a while since she hooked a mooring, Alice plucked the ball with precision and in a matter of moments we were tied off and in business.
After registering with the Harbor Master and taking a few minutes to get settled we hailed the water taxi, headed down “Ego Alley” and disembarked in town on Dock Street. Ego Alley is the narrow waterway that flows from town into Spa Creek. The name comes from the parade of boats that sail in and out of the tight channel like models strutting their stuff down a fashion runway.
From there we were off to the Annapolis Arts & Wines Festival at the Navy & Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for some wine tasting and art appreciation. The Festival was well organized and pretty lively. We sipped a nice sampling of wines, noshed on some food and met an eclectic collection of canines. My highlights were the German roasted cashews, the Lab-Dachshund mix and the tasty red from Chateau Bu-De Winery.
Having had our fair share of grapes, and ample sunshine, we headed back into town to O’Leary’s Seafood for an early dinner of mussels, soft shell crab, rock fish and salmon. Sufficiently stuffed, we saddled up to the bar next to Faith and Bob for our post-, and their pre-dinner, cocktail. Happy Birthday, Bob!
A picture perfect sunset awaited us upon our return to the ‘Tis the SeaSun mooring. The orange sky was eventually replaced by a fantastic full moon. We closed out the night relaxing to our Nautical Nights playlist under a brilliantly illuminated disc and a plethora of stars.
It’s easy to see why Maryland’s capital was originally called Providence. Heading back home after a relaxing weekend, we were thankful for having spent time under it’s natural protective care.
Fair Winds and Following Seas,