I’m including Pax River in this posting, since we were there only a few hours, took no pictures, met no other boaters! The correct name is Patuxent River Naval Air Station. We went there to make a trip to the Naval Exchange to replenish our liquor and wine stores. Dan purchased a couple of shirts and shorts. The ones he continually wear on the boat were starting to show wear and tear!
An unexpected benefit of stopping at Pax River is that one of the men who work at the marina has a business of boat signs. You’ll recall that the boat sign on the back of the boat (transom) was actually misspelled…. Now, we have a new sign and the name Kittiwake is now correct! Yay!
The access to Tilghman Island is through another draw bridge. This one opens upon request. The marina, Knapps Narrows Marina, was just past the bridge. They have a terrific restaurant/bar right on the property. Also co-located is an Inn. This was the first time on our journey that we got complimentary breakfast! Not only that, but it was pretty wonderful. It included boiled eggs, a nice selection of bagels and sweet rolls, a beautiful fresh fruit salad. I love the flower garden outside the Inn – just masses of flowers, no organized manicured space here!
We enjoy stops where we can get our bikes out and explore. Tilghman Island fit that bill. This is another fisherman’s town, with lots of crabbing boats docked at the marinas. Riding around town, you cannot miss the tributes to the men and women who do the crabbing. There is a monument to those from this island who have lost their lives in those waters over the years. Dan and I only go out when the weather is agreeable – we stay at the dock if it’s stormy or extremely windy. Those folks who earn their living by catching crabs don’t have that luxury. They go out in all kinds of weather. It can’t be a fun job in the winter. Another sign that this is a working fisherman’s town are the signs all over town nailed to the telephone poles that are the silhouettes of the boats that ply these waters with the name of the boat.
In riding around town, we looked at another marina, and then heard sounds of partying nearby. In exploring the source, we found a really nice restaurant with outside kitchen for cooking crabs and a lovely covered patio dining area. Friendly people were there, all digging into their portion of crabs. Neither of us are fans of whole crabs – seems like a whole bunch of work for just a little bit of meat! So, we order dishes with crab that has been picked by someone else!