We dropped our lines in Annapolis this morning, and headed up the Chesapeake Bay toward the Chesapeake & Delaware canal. It feels so good to be underway again, stretching the sails and pushing water aside, spending the evening at anchor instead of at the dock.
The tide timing and weather suggested an overnight stop would be a good idea, so right now we are anchored in a scenic, protected back bay in the Sassafras River. A short line of thunderstorms blew through shortly after we dropped anchor and cooled things off nicely.
The canal route across the Delmarva peninsula and down Delaware Bay saves us a lot of miles heading north compared to running back down the Chesapeake.
Our next objective is Halifax, Nova Scotia. We have learned if we have a specific place to visit, stopping along the way can be a problem. We find interesting things to do and places to see, and we end up not getting to the destination we originally targeted. So this time, as soon as we exit Delaware Bay, we are turning left, and running straight north to Canada. It will be about a 600 mile passage, and the weather forecasts look excellent. We should be clearing into Canadian Customs in about 5 days.
Summer on Chesapeake Bay is brutally hot and humid. We are escaping just as the first real heat wave throws a flaming hot and soggy humid blanket on the Bay. It will be nice trading daily high temperatures in the high nineties for the mid seventies.