We had explored the village of St. Michael’s and toured the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum twice. Our time there was drawing to an end. What to do for a finale?
A restaurant server had mentioned in passing that to truly appreciate St. Michael’s, one must experience it from the water, so the CE arranged for a sunset boat cruise on the “Let it Ride”, which leaves directly from the Inn at Perry Cabin’s dock. We were the only ones signed up for the cruise that evening, probably due to the heat, so we had the boat and our captain all to ourselves.
Our captain has spent his entire life in the Chesapeake Bay region and he regaled us with stories about the residents of the estates that line the shore of the Miles River. He showed us where the Miles River turns toward the Bay and shared a few tips about fishing in the area. He is also familiar with the ways of the furred and feathered locals and we spent much of our cruise seeking them out:
Not only did we have the boat to ourselves; it seemed we were the only vessel on the river. Soft waves lapped against the boat as one last heron flew overhead and the sun’s last rays fled over the horizon. We were so glad we’d taken the advice to experience the watery side of St. Michael’s.
If you go: “Let it Ride” boat tours can be chartered at The Inn at Perry Cabin or by calling Captain Don Conley at (410) 310-3055. Web page at: http://www.letitridecharters.com