I lost my bathing suit yesterday, so we hop on the bikes and zoom over to West Marine and buy one. The heat is literally becoming an emergency. Abigail is on the boat in air conditioning and we end up in the pool for three hours. We meet a couple from Tom's River, NJ. Oddly, Lee, the wife, has just retired as a math professor from Monmouth University. That is only a mile from where we lived in Long Branch.
It's dinner in the dark. We prepare it on the boat and carry it out to the now-closed pool. Then it is early to bed for reading and internet surfing.
July 26th - Crisfield on the Eastern Shore of MD
We leave Solomon's. We are heading southeast across the bay to Crisfield, MD. It is a short 11 mile cross-over to the barrier islands of the eastern shore. We follow a narrow path between two of the islands and emerge at the very top of Tangier Sound. We ride the current down and turn east towards Crisfield. In all it is about a 35 mile trip.
While entering the inlet to Crisfield, there are always two or three waterman zooming in delivering their crab catch and two or three others zooming out to get more.
Somers Cove Marina is the town marina. It is an easy docking. The slip is straight in with no turns. There is a full length finger pier and a dock hand to help us tie up.
We look forward to a dinner of awesome crabs.
No crabs; Too hot!
We wander around the town in the now-expected astounding heat. The town is really depressed. Many stores are closed. I made sure that we would not here on Monday because that is the day that many restaurants close. However, several of the restaurants here are only open Wednesday to Saturday.
We go to our favorite crab house and it is out of business. We find a new crab house and they have a sign that says, "Too Hot! Will open tomorrow at 4PM". We walk to another and they have all of their tables set up with crab table paper, buckets, and mallets. It looks ready to go! But their sign says, "Closed - Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun." What the what?
Disappointed we found a Sno Ball stand open and purchased a pair to fight the sweltering heat. We went back to the marina and spent an hour in the pool. We chatted up a local couple who have reconditioned an old aluminum boat.
We eat dinner on the boat and decide that maybe Crisfield isn't a good stop for us.
July 27th - Up the Creek To Onancock, Va