Cauldrons on the Chesapeake: South to Solomons

We awoke on day five to a beautiful day with perfect wind to make a long(ish) haul south to Solomons, Maryland. We had been told it was a must-see spot, with a fun bar and delicious seafood.  Done and done.

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On our way south!

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 Screwpile lighthouse

On the sail down, there were butterflies EVERYWHERE. They were flying east to west, mostly, and kept floating past the boat. They danced around the rig and generally kept us entertained. I managed to catch one in a photo by randomly aiming at the sky:

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Friendly butterfly!

The weather was great all morning and we enjoyed a smooth sail under blue skies.

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Happy sailboat (I like to think they were taking a picture of us at the same time!)

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The view from the bow

Then the wind decided to drop out for a while.

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The wind needed a nap.

No big deal; we were almost to our destination anyway. We turned on the engine and motorsailed the rest of the way. On our way up the Patuxent River into the harbor, we got buzzed by two fighter jets out for a training run. It was freaking amazing. No photos of that, though—we were totally caught by surprise.

After our encounter with the jets, we arrived at Calvert Marina and found we had an entire pier to ourselves. We tied up and headed for the showers; ahh, running water!

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Osprey docked at Calvert Marina in Solomons

After getting cleaned up, we took our dinghy over to the main road in Solomons and found the famed Tiki Bar. I was instructed by a waitress in Eastport that I needed to go there and order an orange crush (which seems to be basically a screwdriver, but with triple sec and fresh squeezed oranges). I obliged.

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Orange crush!

We walked down the street to Stoney’s on the Pier, and proceeded to gorge ourselves on oysters and crab. Mr. C was flabbergasted by the size of his crab cake sandwich, and proclaimed it more of a softball-sized crab ball. All crab; very little filler. Yum.

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Now THAT’S a crab cake.

Sunset over the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge was quite picturesque:

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Also called the Solomons Bridge

What a great day!

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Happy Cauldrons!

BLOGGER

Mrs. Cauldron

Location:
New York City/Austin
Wedding Date:
September 2012
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    debeachgirl 742 posts, Busy bee @ 5:33 pm

    I am loving your honeymoon posts.

    Orange crushes are huge at the Delaware beaches (where I live). Your description was right on, but its the fresh squeezed that makes it so good.

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:38 pm

    Awww you look like you had an amazing time there! The drink and the food looks really yummy! i find it odd that butterflies were flying around in the sea but at least you had a surreal awesome experience having them fly around you! I can’t wait to see where you go next!

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:30 pm

    That orange crush drinks looks delicious!

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    Mrs. Pain au Chocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:22 pm

    Orange crush strikes again! :) Love the photo of your boat underway with lots of wind in the sail. And how nice that you had a whole pier to yourselves!

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    Mrs. Panda 1329 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:37 pm

    Love the pictures on the boat. The ocean is just so gorgeous and peaceful

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    Mrs. Toadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:43 am

    I love how all your pics show blue, it must be amazing to have nothing in front of you but sky and water.

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    Eulalia 169 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:48 am

    Methinks that is Thomas Point lighthouse? I’m local and loving your experience! You are giving me lots of incentive to be a tourist in my backyard. Can’t wait to hear more!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 7:29 pm

    That crab cake sandwich looks amazing! Good choice Mr. Cauldron.

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