Cruising

Chesapeake, Eastern Shore, part 2

Converging into the Choptank is the beautiful Tred Avon River. We traveled the short distance up Tred Avon to 20150818_100156Oxford MD. In the Waterway Guide we found the Oxford Yacht Agency up Town Creek and right next to the city’s “Watermen” docks. A great view and a quite spot to dock.

Oxford Yacht Agency, turned out to be area’s representative for Grand Banks Yachts. Bright Angel felt like the bastard child amongst all the fancy Grand Banks boats, but we managed to hold our heads high.

We were met by the owner, John Shanahan, and after the marina orientation given an informative walking tour of the area. Before we parted company that evening John loaned us a couple of books on the local history.

Many houses from the 18th century

Many houses from the 18th century

View from the end of the street

View from the end of the street

Hibiscus in bloom

Hibiscus in bloom

We again unfolded our bikes and did a little exploring of the immediate area and found Scottish Highland Creamery Ice cream rated as one the top 5 ice creams in the nation. We sampled a number of the flavors and were not disappointed.

On Friday morning I was about to ride to the Post Office, when I exchanged good mornings with a lady walking her dog. After chatting a while she asked if we were staying on a boat and I confirmed that we were. Then she asked where we were from. I answered “a little town in Michigan, Grand Haven.” She smiled and answered “I used to live in Spring Lake”of course I went to Spring Lake High School and knew the area she had lived and some of her neighbors. We were invited over that evening for drinks, and we met a number of times during our stay in Oxford

Miss Dorothy came to visit us on the boat

Miss Dorothy came to visit us on the boat

While in Oxford Miss Dorothy was there for us in many ways. Dorothy made sure that we were introduced to other locals, invited us to dinners, and made her car available to us.

Another special event we were lucky enough to be able to see was “Log Boat” races on the Tred Avon river. Log boats were made by fastening several logs together. These long narrow canoes carry a lot of sail and crew ride planks to keep the boats from tipping over while under sail. Many of the boats racing that day were over 100 years old.

While I rode my bicycle from park to park to follow the race, Cynthia watched for a while then headed off to explore some of the local gift shops. During her shopping Cynthia met two families that either had or had previously had Wire Haired Pointing Griffons as pets. I was summoned and was able to meet the families and the Griff that was with them.

Light winds made for a great picture day

Light winds made for a great picture day

Sunday's race had less wind and more sails were raised

Sunday’s race had less wind and more sails were raised

Crew riding the boards keeping the boats from going over

Crew riding the boards keeping the boats from going over.

We  used some of the spare time in Oxford to do routine maintenance. We were able to change oil, filters, and engine zincs, all with the help of John and Oxford Yacht Agency.

Saturdays race had lots of wind

Saturdays race had lots of wind

We also explored the area on our bicycles and when that got to be too much Miss Dorothy provided her car and we were able to get to the store and stock the grocery shelves.

One landmark in Oxford is the Robert Morse Inn, named for the man who is known for financing our efforts in the Revolutionary War. Morse had a home on the sight of the Inn and was known to be a good friend of George Washington. In more recent times author James Michener stayed at the inn while he outlined the novel “Chesapeake”.

Robert Morse Inn

Robert Morse Inn

With time to spare and blue crab very plentiful, Cynthia decided to try her hand at crabbing. We didn’t set any pots or trotline. We were told that we couldn’t use pots in the Choptank and the crabbers use trotlines. Cynthia used just a net.

Cynthia on the hunt

Cynthia on the hunt

First Dip

First Dip

Making a break for freedom

Making a break for freedom

No crabs were harmed in the making of this blog. Cynthia liked the challenge of dipping for the crabs, but she is not fond of the flavor. I have found that there is not a lot of meat on the crab and it takes quite a few to make a meal. We did see quite a few crabs close to the docks and enjoyed seeing them move.

Our stay in Oxford was made better by the friends we made in John Shanahan and Miss Dorothy. Oxford became a great place to stay and explore the surrounding area.

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