Tagged: Adventure

Chestertown, a hidden gem on the Chesapeake Bay — 2 reasons to visit this summer

Honestly, there is nothing hidden about historic Chestertown, Maryland. As a matter of fact, it’s been well known from the Colonial Era, down to the 1940s as the home of the baseball superstar, Bill “Swish” Nicholson, and today, as the home port of Sultana and more. It’s only hidden if you are on the Chesapeake Bay headed down to enter the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) in Norfolk, Virginia, — sailing in between Boston and Florida and not slowing down to smell the roses, so to speak.

Before crossing the Maryland line

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes – SBFL* 2 – PLANNED – My Slow Boat to Florida (SBFL) Intracoastal Waterway trip was inspired by National Geographic authors Dorothea and Stuart E. Jones. (See SBFL) In their 1958 National Geographic article, they describe how they sailed down the Chesapeake Bay from Annapolis and stopped in Solomons, Maryland, and then crossed the state line over to Virginia. My second source of inspiration, Allan C. Fisher, covered a bit more territory above Solomons in the Chesapeake Bay in his 1973 book, America’s Inland Waterway, published also by National Geographic. While I intend to follow the path of both authors in this 2019 boating season, I also plan to do a few trips between Baltimore and Chrisfield, MD on both sides...

Pick your inspiration — 1902, 1958, 1960s, or 1999

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes – As they say, the horizon is not a boundary but an invitation for discovery. My blog, Trips of Discovery, is based on that invitation of the horizon, any horizon when I look into the distance. However, I never forget Dale Carnegie’s quote, “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” Inspirations and discoveries are all around us and I do take advantage of that, every day, really. At the same time, I am looking at the horizon as well. The gaff-rigged Great...