TOTAL MILES TRAVELED TODAY: 72 NM
DOCKED AT: REEDVILLE MARINA AND CRAZY CRAB RESTAURANT IN VIRGINIA ($1.74 /FT W/P)
SUNRISE: 6:43 AM SUNSET: 4:58 PM
HIGH: LOW 60S LOW: FREEZING!
You know it’s time to “get out of Dodge” when you wake up to a frozen deck on your boat! The morning dawned bright and crisp with minimal wind, the perfect day for our exit from the Island Creek safe-haven that the Quest has occupied for more than a month now. We will miss the Fischers but it is definitely time to move on south. Thanks so much for your generous hospitality.
After wending our way out of Island Creek under the watchful eye of a bald eagle and carefully navigating the shallows (we saw 5’8”) as we entered the historic Choptank River we finally merged into the mighty Chesapeake Bay. The conditions weren’t great but much better than yesterday would have been. Dan altered our course to keep us closer to the western shore of the immense bay and reduced the speed of the Quest to find a more comfortable cruising atmosphere for our day’s journey. Towing the 16’ center console really adds a new dimension to our travels. Not only do you have to consider the Quest but now you are contending with the whipping of what is trailing behind.
We were securely docked and taking on some fuel before 5:00 PM. Unfortunately we came in just a little late to participate in the annual Oyster Festival at Reedville but made do with a tasty dinner at the Crazy Crab.
|THE TOWERING STACK MARKING THE ENTRANCE TO THE HARBOR|
|THIS BEAUTIFUL RIVERSIDE ESTATE, FRAMED BY MAGNIFICENT|
FALL FOLIAGE, WAS OUR VIEW ACROSS THE WATERWAY
Reedville, VA is home to the Atlantic menhaden fishing industry. This small, oily fish is currently used for fishmeal and fish oil that is added to livestock feed. The fish oil is also used in dietary supplement and lipstick. Who knew?