Behind again, this time because our last stop – Tangier Island, Virginia – had no internet or cell phone coverage (we think they like it that way).
Since our last posting on May 13th we’ve travelled about 250 miles and experienced a wide variety of different places. The broad expanses of Abermarle Sound were exchanged for the narrow confines of the Dismal Swamp, and the bright lights and big city atmosphere of Portsmouth (Norfolk) were followed by the quiet days we spent on relatively isolated Tangier Island.
Chesapeake Bay is very big, being over 200 miles long with thousands of miles of shoreline created by extensive rivers and creeks that drain much of the eastern United States. Strong winds out of the north delayed us in Portsmouth for a few extra days, but this was not an inconvenience as there was much to do. While there we visited the Chrysler Art Museum (they have an extensive collection of blown and stained glass, including many priceless Tiffany examples), saw a glass blowing exhibition, and had a great meal at an old restored tavern during our visit to Colonial Williamsburg.
We especially enjoyed our visit to Tangier Island. Its original inhabitants have their roots in Elizabethan times, and even the accents of the current residents have ‘olde English’ influences. The island, which at its highest point might be a few feet above sea level, has for hundreds of years survived off the bounty of the local waters (principally soft shelled crab, for which the Chesapeake region is renowned). The common term used for these folk is ‘watermen’, which seems very fitting now that we have had a chance to visit this unique place.
We’re now anchored in a small cove at the town of Oxford, Maryland (eastern shore of the Chesapeake), where we’ll spend a couple of days exploring. We currently have thunder and lightning with a torrential downpour, which are not uncommon in this region in the afternoons. At least the boat will get a good wash!
After travelling together for almost two weeks it’s time to say goodbye to our fellow PDQ travelling companions Bill, Carole and Suzanne. We wish them fun in New York (especially at DeBeers!) and safe travels home. We’ll see you in Belleville for sure.