We anchored in a sheltered portion of Mill Creek near Solomon’s Island since thunderstorms were in the forecast. We played Quiddler last night while the wind gusted to 31 and the rain and thunder rolled through, so this was a good spot to be in. Of course, the wind did a 180 shift so we worried about dragging anchor, but it looks like we are okay, just a bit closer to the shore on 60’ of chain.
A wet dinghy ride took us into Solomon’s proper to visit the Calvert Maritime Museum yesterday afternoon. It is a fun facility with a few surprises. We all climbed up into the restored Drum Point lighthouse where a local woman who was born in the lighthouse helped to restore it authentically. It is one of the few lighthouses that allowed the keeper to have children since it was close enough to shore for them to safely attend school. A live exhibit of skates and rays was a hit. Skates take three months to hatch from a “Mermaid’s Purse” and via backlighting we could see the skates in different stages of development. Two otters were also fun to watch. An exhibit showing fossils found in nearby Calvert Cliffs, lead to a full size recreation of a Megalodon Shark skeleton, strategically located around a dark corner with its mouth open wide. The museum is worth the visit and the staff was great about answering questions. If you come by boat, there is a nice dinghy dock and West Marine and a 7/11 are both nearby.
Here’s Noah’s perspective on Skates and Rays:
"Skates and rays are vary difrent. Take the sothern ray and the plain skate. Same coller same size. But the ray stings and the skate dosen’t, and they breath difrent ways. No you don’t skate on a skate. They are born difrent, rays are born alive buy skates are born in eggs called a mermaids purse."
We will probably leave on Saturday for Deltaville and then hop down to Hampton. The alternator/tachometer problem came back and the light in Noah’s room rusted apart ejecting the bulb onto the floor so we have a few projects to keep us busy today.