September 5, 2014

September 4-5, 2014  Days 130-131  Chesapeake Bay
At anchor, La Trappe Creek
Choptank River, MD
Leaving the Port of Salisbury Marina

We had four foot waves to deal with off the wake
 of this 1000 ft container ship
Looking out of the anchorage
toward the entrance
We got an early start departing Salisbury on Thursday and retraced our route down the calm Wicomico River.  We only had to wait a brief time for one of the two cable ferries.  At 1045 we entered Tangier Sound, an then we entered the Bay at 1240.  We had a very calm and sunny travel day again! We arrived at our anchorage on Mill Creek which is near Solomons – yes, back across the bay, a total of 58 miles.  We went there because the anchorage was better than any other in our reach that day on the eastern shore.

Bill was content to sit on the bridge and watch several planes in their flight path out of the Patuxent Naval Air Station – F-18’s F-35B, T-38, an Osprey, and a C-130.

We spent a very peaceful night at anchor (after the planes left)!

On Friday, we left the anchorage and went back across the bay in a north east direction to the Choptank River.  Again we had a nice crossing and traveled 41 miles. We had not gone far when we received a text from friends on Splashdown – they spotted us on AIS even though we were not close enough to see them. We will see them in October back in Virginia! We entered the beautiful La Trappe Creek, off the Choptank and anchored in a large basin near the entrance.  By nightfall there were several boats anchored with us.  We saw several boaters swimming, but the jellyfish we spotted were enough reason to keep us onboard.

Love this house on La Trappe Creek
near our anchorage
Tomorrow we will travel just seven miles further up the Choptank River to the town of Cambridge, MD and spend a week at a marina.  During this stay we will attend the MTOA Rendezvous which is being held at the marina Sept 9-11.  We look forward to meeting more boaters, and attending seminars and social activities.