On our last full day in Washington DC, we visited the WWII memorial and the Lincoln Monument. We enjoyed our days in DC while touring together with Charlie & Robin from The Lower Place. We either walked a lot or shared an Uber ride with our Looper friends.
While in DC, we stayed at Gangplank Marina in Washington DC. Most of the boaters at Gangplank are live-aboards. Viewing the many unique “house” boats in the marina proved most enlightening. Costs to live aboard your boat are considerably less than to rent or purchase a land dwelling in DC. We were shocked to discover that the national sights were free to visit. You just need to stand in line to receive your ticket for your tour. In the case of the Capitol tour, the ticket will be time stamped for the group you are assigned to follow. Other items such as restaurant and grocery foods are priced more than we are accustomed to in the north.
To get to Washington DC, we traveled up the Potomac River which covered over 100 miles up and then 100 miles back—a slight detour off our main route, but well worth the trip. On the way back down the river, we stayed at Cobb Island where we enjoyed Maryland Blue Crab for the first time. Our waitress was gracious enough to give us a live tutorial on the art of undressing the crab to best uncover the detectable morsels within the crab itself. Crab tastes similar to Maine lobster, but with much more effort to get to the meat. The crab was served with melted butter. The Maryland Blue Crab is also called the Atlantic blue crab or Chesapeake blue crab. It is the Maryland state crustacean and is also the state’s largest commercial fishery. The crabs are blue when caught, but magically turn red when steamed. They were very good especially since they are fresh off the boats which dock in the marina.
We passed the St. Clements Lighthouse and noticed the extremely tall cross on the island next to the lighthouse. The first English settlers arrived on the island in 1634 on the sailing ships named the Ark and the Dove. The island consists of a 62-acre park with a memorial 40-foot stone cross dedicated to the memory of the first Marylanders.
As we were approached Smith Creek where we planned to anchor for the night, the clouds immediately began to darken. Warnings about possible severe storms broadcast on the marine radio. We anchored in the bay and battened down the hatches for the storm. Over 40-mile winds blew in the bay as the storm passed by in two different sections. We were thankful our big (used to be shiny) Mantus anchor held. During the storm and 24 hours later we took pictures. Comparing the two groups of photos, it was hard to believe what a difference just a day can bring! The very next night, we witnessed a beautiful reddish-orange sunset painted over Smith Creek.
Lincoln Memorial and WWII Memorial
Houses on Capitol Hill
House Boats at Gangplank Marina in Washington DC
We see lots of Osprey nests along the waterways. Most of the markers for the waterways seem to have a nest built on them, which are a large collection of sticks. It is nesting time now so we see them sitting on the nests waiting for their eggs to hatch.
Crabs for lunch
Storm in Smith Creek
In every state Teresa takes a picture of a license plate. Some how this just seems perfect that in this area with more government employees than anywhere else the motto complains about taxes and the plate is held on with zip ties.