Sassafras River Eastern Shore Md.
02 October 2011
Dede --Cold Damp Rain
We awoke at 7am in Harve de Grace, to….guess what….more rain!!!! Walked to a beautiful old church and were warmly welcomed by the minister and 10-parishoners!! Enjoyed coffee and were given coffee mugs as a gift!! People truly do embrace cruisers!! Ret’d to boat, w/all intentions of paying for our 2-nites at dock, at which time we realized we were NOT at the supposed marina but at a private marina owned by condominiums!! Oh well…2-free nites did wonders for our boat budget!! We waved our good-byes, crossed the Chesapeake to the Eastern shore and up the Sassafras River. For 7-miles we navigated the most gorgeous (yes, even in the rain) serpentine river, to the bascule bridge. The river, as everything in the Chesapeake, has such wonderful history…certainly a paradise for a history buff!! Its’ name denotes all the sassafras trees lining its’ shores. We found a wonderful marina – the Sassafras River Marina – and again were warmly welcomed. Jim did not feel well, and one of the employees gave me a ride to get him medication!! Jim slept until he felt better, and we walked to the “Kitty Knight House” for a delicious dinner (and dessert!!). Kitty Knight was a fiery red-head who refused to leave her home during the 1812 war…and has pretty much been immortalized for her ferociousness against the British troops. I am not a history enthusiast but could have spent hours in her home soaking up the history. Apparently, the head of this river (Georgetown and Fredericksburg) were the ports for British supplies. The bascule bridge…we are on a dock almost abutting it…is only 5 feet so it is opened frequently for boating traffic…The weather has not been cooperative…it is 54 degrees and raining…and had this been a 2-week vaca, I’d be on a plane heading home!!!! Alas…tomorrow’s weather is forcased more of the same…but we are going to cross over to Baltimore (we think!!). ..there is a movie theater and aquarium to get us out of the rain!!
Thank God Jim installed a fireplace and a reverse cycle airconditioning/heater!! It would be a hotel for the night without them!