We’ve been enjoying the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay for the past week, with stops in Oxford and St. Michaels. For those of you who have read James Michener’s historical novel about this area (aptly named ‘Chesapeake’), these communities and the rivers they reside on, such as the Choptank, were at the centre of this tome. Unlike Tangier Island, which remains untouched by development, the proximity of these communities to large urban centres such as Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia provides a more sophisticated (and moneyed) flavour to this largely rural setting.
We had the pleasure of sharing St. Michaels with hundreds (thousands?) of spirited Americans during a warm and beautiful Memorial Day long weekend, and we enjoyed the celebration along with them. On Saturday night the live music from an outdoor wedding just across the little harbour also enhanced the scene. With more than a hundred boats anchored in the small harbour and in the river, there was a galaxy of mast lights when darkness arrived.
Enough of the poetic stuff, we’ll let the pictures speak for themselves….
Next stop, Annapolis.