Monday, August 8, 2011

Delmarva Peninsula

Chesapeake Bay shoreline
I am listening to Nickelback on my iPod sing, “are we having fun yet?’ and the answer for me right now is yes.   I am taking the puddle jumper from Charlotte North Carolina to Salisbury Maryland to vacation with my family until Thursday.
Harley decided to stay home so I am flying over the amazing Chesapeake Bay to the Eastern Shore by myself.  Maryland is divided by this majestic body of water into what locals call the Western Shore and Eastern Shores of Maryland which is part of the Delmarva Peninsula comprising parts of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. The Chesapeake Bay is a water lover’s paradise great fishing, the best oysters anywhere, it is a stopping point for migratory birds, home to an abundance of marine life, a favorite for weekend sailors, and home to Maryland Blue Crabs and Mom.
There is something special about Blue Crabs harvested from the Chesapeake Bay.  I don’t know if it’s the salinity of the water, the amount of pollution or just being in Maryland.  I love the way Old Bay Seafood Seasoning, and vinegar offer a perfect seasoning to cooked hard crabs.  Sure you can get blue crabs other places but they just don’t taste the same, really.  Over the years I have become an expert in crustacean anatomy and can find every morsel of meat.  We used to go chicken neck’n to catch the crabs.  All that was necessary was a row boat, some string, wweights, and some chicken necks; they were best if left in the sun for a few hours.  Tie the necks to the string with a little weight and let the bait sit on the bottom of the river, after a bit slowly pull up the string and dip the still munching crab into the basket.
Going back to Maryland for me is like getting into a time machine and going back 25 years.
I lived on the Eastern Shore for the 10 years of my 20’s.  Our home was off a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay called the Choptank River. We had one of those big 100 year old homes on the water with a long drive way.  We had the last house at the end of the road, life was friendly and low key on the Eastern Shore I have never lived anywhere that people would just drop by.  Seriously, one day we had 20 people stop by.  We were young, with little responsibility, if we were busy who ever came by would be happy to pitch in and help. 
The Eastern Shore is where I learned to sail, one day I went out off our beach, I was half way across the river and looked back to see a golden retriever swimming as hard as he could to catch up, Sam wanted to go too. Our life revolved around the river we could go to the local restaurant by boat, get groceries going across to the marina, friends would stop by in their boats, life was simple.  We had two golden retrievers, April May and Sam, who would go swimming every day and in the winters break the ice just to sit in the water and be wet.
Brother Jim picked me up at the airport,  as we drive to Mom’s we ride past fields of sunflowers, soy beans, and corn, these can be harvested by  mechanical combines, other fields are planted with cucumbers,  tomatoes, and watermelons.   Harvesting these tender fruits and vegetables is hard hot work so farmers employ migrant laborers in the summer time to work in the fields; we pass fields of people picking food.  

Life is much different here than South Florida as I enjoy these special differences for the next few days the sounds and look of the Eastern Shore are everywhere and I am feeling quite blessed.

We are off to Ocean City for a week of fun and relaxation.

God Bless,
Director of Member Services and Smiles
OurHealth Co-op, Inc

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