Tagged: Discovery

Log Canoe Racing. Photo: Courtesy of CBMM

Have fun planning a visit to the historic town of St. Michaels, Maryland, while you’re flattening the curve of coronavirus

Estimated Reading Time: 6 minutes – *SBFL 8 – PLANNED – It may feel surreal reading a travel blog such as mine about trips, coastal living, and boating in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic that we’re currently in. Let’s face it, social distancing is here to stay for much more than a few weeks. It will upend our way of life, in some ways forever. One of our social obligations is to help flatten the curve of it, as much as we can. However, let’s also hope that with every passing year, humanity, and especially politicians, makes sure that history doesn’t repeat itself.  An eerie blueprint of the events and the echoing cries of the 1918 flu pandemic has been passed down to...

1 more addition to CNN’s social distancing suggestions during the coronavirus pandemic – boating*

Estimated Reading Time: 7 minutes – SBFL 7* – PLANNED –   It seems that the fear and frenzy caused by health concerns due to coronavirus are spreading as fast as this 21st-century virus that just exploded into our lives. Looking at the trends and reality, it may well continue to grab headlines for perhaps the next 18-24 months.  Oh well, as the author Vivian Greene once said, ”Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain.”  Let’s do it. In that spirit, Scottie Andrew, Digital News Journalist of CNN, published a great article of suggestions to deal with the changes taking place in our society because of coronavirus and its historic 2020 pandemic disease named...

Smith Island, its famous cakes and all

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes – SBFL*4 – PLANNED – “Smith [Island] has no municipal building, no jail–indeed, no government,” wrote Allan C. Fisher, Jr., in his 1973 book, America’s Inland Waterway. The book is one of two information resources of the National Geographic that I am using for planning a journey and comparing how it was then versus how it is now in selected spots of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). I want to see how much, if any, the passing decades have changed these locales. You can reach Smith Island, as with all of my locations that I write about, by boat, of course, or by land, first going to Crisfield, Maryland, then catching a passenger ferry boat to Smith Island. Okay, let’s...

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...