CHILLING IN THE SOLOMONS

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

WE LEFT ST. MARYS CITY RELUCTANTLY BUT WE HAVE BEEN ON THE HOOK FOR 8 DAYS AND NEED FUEL,RE PROVISIONS AND BOAT MAINTENANCE SO OFF WE GO TO THE SOLOMONS.ANOTHER GREAT STOP ON THE CHESAPEAKE.BACK OUT INTO THE POTOMAC PAST POINT LOOKOUT LIGHTHOUSE AND NORTH PAST PATUXENT NAVAL AIR STATION AND AGAIN RESTRICTED AREAS ONLY THIS TIME THE LIVE MANEUVERS ARE "DROPPING BOMBS"AS WE APPROACH THE MOUTH OF THE PATUXENT RIVER TO ENTER THE SOLOMONS THE "FAMOUS CALVERT CLIFFS" COME INTO SIGHT.THESE CLIFFS CONTAIN THE OLDEST PREHISTORIC FOSSILS IN THE WORLD.SHARKS TEETH,WHALE,DOLPHIN ETC. MOST OF THE AREA IS "OFF LIMITS"BUT THEY DO HAVE A SECTION TO THE PUBLIC SO YOU CAN EXCAVATE AND FIND YOUR OWN FOSSIL.THE CALVERT MUSEUM DISPLAYS THE ARTIFACTS AND FOSSILS IT IS AMAZING WHAT USE TO ROAM THE EARTH.THIS IS ALSO WHERE "THE BLUE ANGELS" PRACTICE FOR THEIR AIR SHOWS SO IF YOU ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE HERE THEN YOU GET A REALLY GOOD SHOW. WE USUALLY ANCHOR BUT WE HAVE MAINTENANCE TO DO ON BLUE DOLPHIN SO WILL STAY A WEEK IN CALVERT'S MARINA.THERE ARE SEVERAL MARINAS IN BACK CREEK AND MILL CREEK.THIS IS A GREAT PROTECTED AREA AND A POPULAR STOP FOR CRUISING BOATERS.IT OFFERS EVERYTHING A BOATER MAY NEED---PARTS,RESTAURANTS,HAUL-OUT,GOURMET GROCERY,REGULAR GROCERY,LIQUOR STORE,POST OFFICE---ALL ON THE ISLAND.ISAAC SOLOMON ESTABLISHED THE FIRST OYSTER-CANNING PLANT HERE IN 1867 AND SINCE THAT TIME SOLOMONS HAS BEEN A MAJOR BOAT BUILDING AND WATERFRONT FISHING VILLAGE.IT IS DINGHY HEAVEN EXPLORING ALL THE CREEKS AND THE WILDLIFE ABOUND.SWANS,DUCK AND THEIR BABIES,GROUND HOGS,EAGLES,OSPREY,BLUEBIRDS,CARDINALS,CANADIAN GEESE  AND WHITE-TAILED DEER. IT IS NATURES WONDER.THERE ARE SEVERAL BOATS HERE WE KNOW SO WILL GET TOGETHER AND HAVE COCKTAILS OR LUNCH OR JUST GATHER AND EXCHANGE OUR ADVENTURES YOU LEARN SO MUCH JUST BY LISTENING TO OTHERS STORIES.OUR NEXT STOP WILL BE ANOTHER SMALL TOWN GALESVILLE SOUTH OF ANNAPOLIS AND AN ANCHORAGE IN THE WEST RIVER.
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