DNA X #8
90F, wind E, 10KThe Chesapeake BayWe leave Assateague Island and it’s remote beauty behind and decide to investigate nearby Ocean City Maryland. I’m not sure if there is a more stark contrast so close together. Just across the inlet we enter a confusion of high-rises, restaurants, amusement parks, mini-golf resorts and droves of people. Every inch of land is covered with concrete. If you want to see how many people are currently trampling the city check out the Boardwalk Cam for an idea. We make a quick about face and head inland to a historic town along the Miles River called Saint Michaels. Established in 1677, this town attracted settlers who developed a thriving shipbuilding industry and grew tobacco. During the war of 1812, St Michaels was attacked by the British and managed to survive the barrage by dimming their lights and hoisting lanterns high into the trees away from town. Earning the title “the town that fooled the British” this quaint village has maintained its unique charm throughout the centuries. We find a wonderful inn to hang our hat; the Inn at Perry Cabin offers great food, service and accommodations within walking distance of town.
Today the Bay is under attack from all directions. Sprawling development, sewage pollution and excess nitrogen and phosphorus from agriculture have resulted in the loss of half of the forested shoreline, 80% of sea grasses, and 98% of the coveted oysters. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is working with the surrounding states and governments, industry and residents to help Save The Bay. Progress is slow and time is running out.