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I don't really have much to say about Solomons Island, this time, because not much has changed there. I ended up staying in the same Marina, on the exact same floating dock, as I was last year. It was nice to see all the same people at Calvert Marina. They still have the Mercedes courtesy car, and it came in handy to get to the grocery store. We departed Solomons Island on the the sixth, and arrived in Annapolis the same day, late afternoon. Once again, we had to motor most of the way, but it was a beautiful day, and it's always a pleasure coming to Annapolis, the 'boating capital' of the United States. Last time I was here I stayed in Chesapeake Harbor Marina, but this time we picked up a mooring ball, right in front of the Naval Academy. Pretty cool spot to be in. The Water Taxi operates til about 10:45, and will pick up people who are on the moorings, but, of course, it's an easy dinghy ride up 'Ego Alley,' to get to the dinghy dock. I'll try to get a lot more pics and videos of Annapolis, this time :)
The last time I was on the Chesapeake I wanted to stop in to the famous Tangier Island, but the timing wasn't right. This time I was able to stop at the island for an overnight stay at Parks Marina. It's true, there is no alcohol on the island! :) There wasn't any cell phone service or wifi, either. Getting into the slips can be tricky. It was kind of hard to understand what Mr. Parks was saying on the VHF radio, but we finally understood that we were to look for slip 18, and he would be waiting there for us. Mr. Parks is 85 years old. There will probably be a tidal stream when you get there, so be prepared. We had to put the bow of the boat against one of the pilings and spring into the slip. It took a couple of tries, but we made it. It's really hard to get on and off the boat, as you can see in the video. Unfortunately, we were only there overnight, so we didn't really get a feel for the place, and we weren't able to chat with anyone.