Spring 2016

CHESAPEAKE BAY JOURNEYS

EXPLORE • RELAX • CONSERVE

St. Clement’s Island was scene of historic landing

St. Clement’s Island was scene of historic landing

Maryland Day marks state birthday

St. Clement’s Island, a 62-acre state park in the Potomac River off the shore of St. Mary's County, MD, is accessible only by boat. If you take the water taxi from the mainland, you will have a faster and more pleasant trip than the English settlers who arrived there on March 25, 1634.

Lara Lutz
Dragon Run lures paddlers into pristine paradise

Dragon Run lures paddlers into pristine paradise

Spring is best time for exploring the 'The Dragon'

The dark, tannic water of Dragon Run slides downstream in an ever-tighter channel, taking us deeper into the tupelo and bald cypress swamp on a cloudy April morning. The dark water adds to my foreboding.

After all, this is a swamp where for centuries people have gotten lost — some purposefully, others unintentionally — never to be heard from again.

Leslie Middleton
Osprey cams reel in a Baywide audience

Osprey cams reel in a Baywide audience

When Audrey returned to the shores of Kent Island last year with her new mate, Calico Tom, they once again enjoyed a devoted following as the subjects of an online reality show.

Whitney Pipkin
Richmond by raft delivers adventures on the James

Richmond by raft delivers adventures on the James

“This is not an oar. It’s a paddle, and you are going to be the power for our rafts,” Dave Fary of Richmond Outfitters told a small group of rafters, dressed to get wet on a September morning. They stood under a railroad trestle along the James River in Richmond. At 10 a.m., it was already 85 degrees. The day would be a hot one.

Leslie Middleton
A Documentary Inspired by William W. Warner’s 1976 Exploration of Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay.
Little-known Savage Neck Dunes has pines, ponds and privacy

Little-known Savage Neck Dunes has pines, ponds and privacy

I’ve been writing about the Chesapeake Bay for more than a decade. I appreciate its beauty — and its fragility — and I try to stay attuned to its different moods and colors. Yet, after so many years, I sometimes feel that I’ve seen almost everything there is to see, at least once.

Rona Kobell
The Upper Chickahominy River

The Upper Chickahominy River

Remote reaches surround paddlers with wild beauty

As my kayak slipped quietly into the Chickahominy River in Virginia one early spring morning, my mind was on a winter day in 1607.

In December of that year, Capt. John Smith — a leader from the English colony at Jamestown — launched a canoe into this river from an Indian settlement near present-day Providence Forge. Smith traveled with a handful of men, including two Indian guides, hoping to find the source of the river and possibly a new route to the East Indies.

There’s every chance he passed this way, I thought, as I nudged my kayak into the river.

Leslie Middleton
Discover heirloom plants, practices at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum

Discover heirloom plants, practices at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum

The houses at the Landis Valley Village in Lancaster, PA, span building styles of nearly 200 years. They are crafted from logs, brick, lumber and stone. Some are modest and others handsomely made with decorative trim or hinges.

But there’s a practical presence, too, with boot scrapers by the doors and garden plots out back. And in these details, a theme of Pennsylvania German heritage is revealed: Growing things was a way of life.

Lara Lutz
Tolerance took root in St. Mary’s City

Tolerance took root in St. Mary’s City

Maryland's first capital

Historic St. Mary’s City, an archeological and heritage center at the site of Maryland’s first capital, features an extensive collection of American Indian artifacts, true-to-the-time replicas and re-enactors in period costume.

But the original city nearly became lost, a footnote along a state highway with perhaps nothing more than a plaque marking the site where colonists established the first Maryland settlement that prized religious freedom and tolerance.

Rona Kobell
Wye Island is a great place to explore by land, water

Wye Island is a great place to explore by land, water

Wye Island in Queen Anne’s County, MD, is one of my favorite places in the world. In the mid-1970s, this beautiful place was nearly lost to the public. Plans to turn the island into a housing development failed to come to fruition because the state purchased the land with Program Open Space funds and turned the island into a Natural Resources Management Area.

Joel Dunn
Wholesale reclamation and wetland seed supplier.

Winter 2015