Thursday, June 4, 2009

Bohemian Rhapsody???

MicMac crew came close to mutiny yesterday morning, after leaving the C&D Canal, after Captain Pete bypassed “her favorite river,” the Bohemia (off the Elk River). “Not enough water, “ said the captain. “Seven feet is plenty,” the crew responded. A lunchtime anchor-break at the mouth of the Bohemia ensued. Compromise is preferred over mutiny! Crew compromised since it was too cold to swim in nettle-free water anyway.

Then on to the Sassafras River, crew’s second favorite river in the upper bay. I used to go to Girl Scout camp here at Grove Point. So every time we sail by, I break into a chorus of "I've got something in my pocket that belongs across my face . . . It's a great big Brownie smile." this usually brings a frown to the Captain's face!

A water “convoy” of Navy training boats approached as we sailed south. No shirts on a few of them. See how binoculars can be used.

The high bluffs as you approach the Sassafras and all along the north shore are really eroding. Many homes look like they're in danger of dropping into the Bay in the near future. I'd imagine the homeowners have some restless nights during heavy rains.

Woodland Creek looked ideal as an anchorage since a major thunderstorm was predicted from the south. Only occasional noise was a blast from Aberdeen Proving Grounds across the bay. Pete used to do this same stuff at Edgewood Arsenal back in 1969-1970.

Before dinner on the hook, we were entertained by the “Three Stooges” (three mallards) who suddenly flew in to look for happy hour handouts. They circled the boat very patiently ten times then flew off. It’s amazing how easily boaters can be amused.

A loud clap of thunder was our 3 a.m. wakeup call. That’s short for captain running around on deck to tie down the dingy, while trying to dodge big raindrops, and crew running around below closing all the hatches as another rain of biblical proportions hit us—from the north of course. Anchor chain cleared an entire 360 degrees of the bottom of Woodland Creek last night.

Today we did notice LOTS of SAV (submerged aquatic vegetation) floating on the top of the upper bay. MicMac could not have done this much damage!

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