This is an osprey nest on the Pasquotank River. The interesting trees and stumps are typical of the area.
This snake was crossing the river near the lock. Joe tried to convince me it had made its way t o our swim platform, but I’m sure Rocky the guard dog would have protected me.
The canal is eight feet above the river level and there is only one lock to take you up the full eight feet. The ride at the front end looked pretty rough. We were about halfway back in the lock.
There were fires nearby, and we were affected by the smoke at times, but we also saw several great blue herons and other wildlife.
It was still early after we locked through so we decided to continue on to Norfolk before stopping for the night. An anchorage in Portsmouth that was mentioned in our guide book looked pretty full so we went in search of a free dock that was also mentioned. We’re not sure we found the right spot, but we tied up near where a passenger ferry arrives and departs every 30 minutes – blowing one long horn blast as it departs every time. Lucky for us it was a week day and it only ran until 9:35pm. We were surrounded by condos and a waterfront park that is sometimes the site of concerts. Joe kept his badge handy in case we were rousted during the night, but we had an uneventful night’s sleep.
After the hustle and bustle, we went up into the Little Wicomico to anchor so that we could make our crossing of the Potomac River in the calm early morning. We had a nice spot to anchor – buggy, though – and the a/c had finally quit working at all.
The next morning we set out and saw this tug pulling a barge down the bay. We never could tell for sure what was on the barge – but it was big. The mouth of the Potomac in the early morning was co-operative and we made it to Solomons before noon.
Our former next door neighbors in Golden Beach, Jim and Judi, now live on Helen Creek near Solomons and had offered us dockage there. We’d also had the new a/c pump shipped to their house.
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