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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.

7 Tips for a summer vacation with social distancing and Erie Canal Adventures

Estimated reading time 16 minutes – Let’s start with the hypothesis that our lives have been fundamentally and permanently changed due to the  Coronavirus pandemic. Let’s be honest, we have a long road to reach anything approaching the “normality” of December 2019. Time will show us if we are on a “new normal” or, more likely, just a constantly evolving “next normal.”  In time, as in the 1918 influenza outbreak where 50 – 100 million people worldwide died, our generation too will adapt. So, until our environment changes by finding safe therapeutics and vaccines that are used worldwide, we may be on an unwanted roller coaster of a few next normals. As the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDS) puts it, “The outbreak of...

Visit a mixing bowl of distant past and vibrant present – Annapolis, Maryland

A historic city as seen from the eyes of Jeff Fleming, a brilliant young Chesapeake Bay photo artist and photojournalist  … Estimated Reading Time: 16 minutes – SBFL* 6 – PLANNED and VISITED – If you have never visited or have not been there lately by land or water to one of the jewels of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), you really should.  I am talking about the “Town at Proctor’s,” later called the “Town at the Severn,” and much later renamed “Anne Arundel’s Towne.” It was finally renamed “Annapolis” by the third Royal Governor of Maryland, Francis Nicholson after he moved the capital of the royal colony. He renamed the town Annapolis after Princess Anne of Denmark and Norway, soon to be Queen Anne...

Experience Speaks

Estimated Reading Time: 12 minutes – *SBFL – PLANNED – As my regular readers know, my inspiration to do the over 2,400-mile round trip on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) came from a 1958 National Geographic article titled, “Slow Boat to Florida.” Hence, this series of SBTF blogs. At the moment, we are in the planning stage. However, I am determined not to say at the end of our planned six-month-long trip, “We made too many wrong mistakes,” as Yogi Berra once said. So, as we are planning our ICW trip on our boat, Life’s AOK, my wife and I decided to seek out the wisdom of those who have done it before and let the experience speak. Experience it is Meet Georgiana and Michael Maszczenski,...