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Baltimore Inner Harbor—mingle with history, enjoy the spirit of today

Estimated reading time: 15 minutes – SBFL 11* – PLANNED & VISITED – Baltimore is not the Maryland version of Georgetown in Washington, DC, nor of Williamsburg in Virginia, nor did the locals ever want it to be. Because of being a major port on the eastern seaboard, some say Baltimore was a sailor’s town throughout its history, up to the early 20th century—and Baltimore has a very long maritime history. Fells Point, located in a deeper section of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, was one of the earliest settlements, and was where the Clipper Ships were made. There are only a few places in the US that had that distinction. It was a working waterfront, with tugboats coming and going, major freighters stopped right at the...

Tips for cruising through America’s Great Loop – Part 2

It doesn’t matter where you start, as long as you begin . … Estimated reading time 16 minutes – In Part 1 of this story, perhaps you started to dream about America’s Great Loop and got a glimpse of what it is to be a Looper through Phyllis and Dick Radlinskis’ eyes and experiences. They left the Chesapeake Bay in the summer of 2014, went North to New York, and from there passed on to Canada’s great canal network. After piloting through Canadian waters, they transited through two historic canal systems and 90 locks—yes, 90 locks—then Georgian Bay and the North Channel of Lake Huron. In September 2014, they finally traveled down the west coast of Michigan, stopping in Harbor Springs, Petoskey, and another beautiful...

Tips for cruising through America’s Great Loop – Part 1

Become a Looper and have the adventure of a lifetime . … Estimated reading time 16 minutes —  Let’s start with the word “Looper.” When I say Looper, I’m not referring to a futuristic action-thriller movie nor to a garden looper. I’m referring to a status that you would earn, becoming part of an exclusive club of boaters who have done, one or more times, America’s Great Loop by boat, kayak, or whatever floats safely as a watercraft. If you have no boat, that is not a problem—find someone and become a crew member. Remember the old saying, the smartest boater is the one who has a friend with a boat. So you have no excuse not to become a Looper if the idea excites you....

7 Tips for your vacation planning

Here are my tips for your vacation planning during this time of the Coronavirus pandemic. Before you make plans, evaluate the age and pre-existing conditions of your travel party. As we all know by now, older adults and people of any age who have a serious underlying medical condition are at higher risk for severe illness from Covid-19. It is totally okay to be concerned about the pandemic.Remember that you are not alone with your safety and health concerns relating to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is real and everywhere, perhaps some places much less than others, but unfortunately, it is all around us. Covid-19 cases and deaths have been reported in all 50 states, and the situation is constantly changing. If any person or establishment...