We were on the water early today and were able to avoid most of the holiday traffic as we left Oxford. The wind was out of the southwest and we were traveling west as we headed toward Knapps Narrow, one of the spots John had pointed us to to save miles instead of going all the way back to the Bay.
We stopped in Knapp’s Narrows to fuel. The only place we have found so far that you use your credit card at the pump. A self serve fuel station.
After Knapp’s Narrow we did not have all that for to go but we were staying far enough off shore to avoid the shallower bottom. The boats on the bay were incredible. We were on The Eastern Bay and St. Michaels was emptying after the holiday weekend. There must have been 150 boats in this armada headed west. About 60% of them were sailboats and about 1/2 of them had their sails up even though there was minimal wind. The wake was incredible and a lot like Lake St Clair on a Sunday afternoon.
On the way into St Michaels we were catching up to a sailing catamaran (no sails up). As we got close we realized it was Off Leash. We had met them on the Trent Severn last year and kept in touch but have not met up since Pentwater in Lake Michigan. We talked on the radio and they came into Higgins Yacht Yard for the night.
It was really good to see Mike and Hiromi again along with Syd. We had time to talk and we went to the Carpenter Street Tavern (Irish Pub) for dinner.
Off Leash travels slower than us so they are leaving tomorrow and we should see them in Delaware City on Friday. That maybe in doubt because there are 60% chance of thunderstorms today and tomorrow. We will need to keep our eye on the sky and be prepared. Some storms are forecasted to be heavy.
St. Michaels is a lot like Oxford except it appears to be larger. Geographically they are probably only about 10 miles apart by car but a little over 30 by water. The harbor gets a little rocky on a holiday afternoon.
The marina is close to the shopping area with an easy walk to the market. The residential area streets are a little over 1 lane wide with the houses right next to each other and very small. It is an interesting community that dates back I believe to the early 1600’s.