Wednesday, June 19, 2013
taste of summer, plastic palm trees
I found my first ripe tomatoes this morning. The small cherry tomatoes are nearly two weeks ahead of schedule, which is surprising considering the cold wet spring. It is nice to have the taste of summer before summer even arrives.
I've been thinking about next spring's sail, mostly because the photographs I've stolen - above and at the bottom of this post - from Barry's web page are so enticing. You can see more photographs here. Barry and the spring float crowd spent their time sailing the Patuxent River on the western shore of the bay. I've visited Solomons Island twice over the years, both times just passing through on much larger boats, one sailing and the other power. I've never gotten around to exploring the western shore in Spartina, save for an overnight sail to the Magothy River during the Back to the Islands cruise. That was an enjoyable part of the trip and makes me think I am missing out by not spending more time on the other side of the bay.
Maybe I could put in at my new favorite town on the Eastern Shore - Onancock - sail up Tangier Sound and the Hongo River, crossing the bay to explore the Patuxent River up to Broome's Island, and then back again, maybe sailing back down the bay outside of the Hooper Islands and Tangier Sound.
I still have planning to do for my fall trip down to Cape Lookout, but I do like to have an idea for the next trip rolling around in my mind. Wouldn't you sail a couple of hundred miles to see plastic palm trees?