For years, I’ve sailed the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, exploring creeks and coves, delighting in the birdlife that is seen in its air and along its edges, and weathering all kinds of storms.
Today was an adventure of a different kind. I generally SAIL on the Bay, and do not ever motor. It’s not been for lack of opportunity, but for the fact that I’ve always considered myself a sailor. But when good friends invited me for a day on the bay on their new power boat, I happily said yes.
The biggest difference between motoring and sailing is that you can actually get places when you’re under power. The creeks we explored today would have taken us days to see under sail, and if the wind wasn’t right, we’d never have made it up through some of the cuts.The other big difference is that we were exploring the urban industrial side of the Bay, today. These urban creeks are fascinating if for no other reason that realizing that the infrastructure that keeps our lives running smoothly is massive and not particularly attractive.