CAMBRIDGE , LATRAPPE CREEK

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

We left Oxford early so we could take a cruise up the Tred Avon River and check out some of the many anchorages and coves for future.Wow unbelievable the number of places--you could spend a lifetime and never experience them all.So up the Choptank we go and what a great day,the water today is so clear and calm you can see all the sea nettles,stingray and fish.We actually met the inventor of the SEANETTLE SWIMMING POOL on our last trip and of course his motor yachts name is "THE SEA NETTLE".This is a swimming pool with a mesh bottom and noodles around the frame for floating it is really cool.Just think he has made all kinds of $$$$$$ for this simple invention.This morning there are lots of crabbers out so you have to be very careful they are so busy running their crab lines they do not pay attention to boat traffic.It is really interesting to watch them work on the Chesapeake they do not use traps or wire baskets they use a baited cable that runs through an arm and pulley and it feeds the cable up and all the crabber has to do is net the crab and put it in their crab basket.If you are lucky enough to talk to one of them they are always glad to barter FRESH CRABS for BEER!!!!There are two channel markers that are big metal buoys that have osprey nests and we were able to get close enough to get a really good look at the adults and young.We continue on up river to Cambridge a 325 year old town with its original crab packing plant where you can just walk by and see the many workers shelling the crabs for packaging---wow they still do it by hand and they are so quick--it is really neat to see.There are some of the crabs molting their shell so they are put in a special tank for holding and they are  THE SOFT SHELL CRABS you eat in the restaurants.Cambridge also has the oldest BED and BREAKFAST since 1847.Cambridge plays host to the Harriett Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Park and the Capt. John Smith Historic Trail.We decide to dock at the Municiple Marina and take advantage of the waterfront park and scenic drive and historical district.We had so much to see and do we stayed three days.We moved on to LaTrappe Creek anchorage dropped the hook and took a dinghy ride up the creek enjoying all the nature and then I spotted a BUCK with a RACK on the creek bank he was so BIG!!!!and awesome.We returned to Blue Dolphin and was boarding when a big gust of wind caught her and turned her hard to the side and the anchor gave way we were dragging and heading towards another boat so we had to react quickly and start the engines and get control.It took over 30 minutes to reset the wind was just blowing us around
it made for a restless night on anchor but the anchor held and LIFE IS GOOD.Our next stop will be Knapps Narrows to hide from the weather that we will get tomorrow.
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