Wow! What a weather change!
11 October 2007 | Wye River, Md.
We are anchored in a little unnamed creek of the Wye East River, still on the eastern shore of Maryland. The Wye River is a great gunkholing river, with dozens of tiny protected anchorages in it. And we are in one waiting out a windy cold day. Last night we came up after spending the day in St Michaels where we re-provisioned and caught up on internet stuff. It is a very pretty town and has all we need within easy walking distance. We went to a grocery store for the staples, and at the check-out, asked about a fish store. Two people in the line up immediately said "Big Al's!" and laughed. But up we went and in behind us came Big Al himself, one of the people in the grocery store. We bought some lump crab meat for crabcakes (tonight), a dozen oysters and some steamed crabs. Big Al was written up in the New York Times last fall, and we had cut out the article. Apparently VP Dick Cheney, who lives nearby, gets his crabs at Big Al's. I'm not sure if that's an endorsement or not. Then we went to a deli at the other end of town for some cheese, rolls and cole slaw. We had the oysters and steamed crab with coleslaw and rolls last night with some cold beer to wash it down. Dessert was fresh fruit and cheese. It was the best on-board meal of the season and Big Al's steamed crabs (with his secret spice ingredients) were delicious. We each had two crabs. Two crabs were probably equivalent to one lobster of 1.5 lbs in the amount of meat, but it is much harder to extract and much cheaper ($3.50/crab). The day was hot but not so hot as it had been. But overnight, the temperature plunged and a north-west wind of 20-30 knots came up. As it had been forecast, we decided to head in here for protection, and it was an excellent choice. For the morning, I finished off the items on my maintenance list, including replacing the wiring on the starboard running light, an item that got added yesterday. The old wiry chafed off where it exits the bow pulpit. It was not a surprise as it happened last year but I was able to repair it but knew that replacement was a matter of time. I should probably also do the port one as it will go soon too. That done, we hoisted anchor to poke around the river (it is completely sheltered by large trees) and landed at Wye River Landing for a walk. Tonight, crab cakes, cole slaw, rolls, and Chardonnay! Tomorrow we will probably head back to St Michaels for the night as the wind is not supposed to moderate until Saturday, when we'll head down the Bay. We could go today, but its too cold and we're in no rush. Saturday won't be any warmer, but it will be better winds.