For years, I’ve sailed the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, exploring creeks and coves, delighting in the birdlife that is seen in its air and along its edges, and weathering all kinds of storms.

Today was an adventure of a different kind. I generally SAIL on the bay, and do not ever motor. It’s not been for lack of opportunity, but for the fact that I’ve always considered myself a sailor. But when good friends invited me for a day on the bay on their new power boat, I happily said yes.

We started by heading up-river into the city to see if we could find the Francis Scott Key buoy, which we did pretty easily.

The biggest difference between motoring and sailing is that you can actually get places when you’re under power. The creeks we explored today would have taken us days to see under sail, and if the wind wasn’t right, we’d never have made it up through some of the cuts.The other big difference  is that we were exploring the urban industrial side of the Bay, today. These urban creeks are fascinating if for no other reason that realizing that the infrastructure that keeps our lives running smoothly is massive and not particularly attractive.

However, along the same creek, we’d see a view like this.

I have to admit, I love crumbling old things, so it was such fun to see the hulks of old wooden ships slowly rotting in the creek.

And there were others.

The old piers, old ships and old houses are just left to slowly return to the sea and to the land.

And then there were the beams, rails and bridges that dot this part of the Bay.

As we motored through the creeks, we saw Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets,Cormorants, Osprey and a zillion seagulls.

The weather was great and it was fun to see Baltimore and this small part of the Patapsco River, and the Chesapeake Bay from a completely different vantage point.

Thanks for a great day, Kit& Nolan!

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Meg Fielding

Meg Fielding writes the local interior design and lifestyle blog Pigtown Design and is the past president of the Baltimore Architectural Foundation. She enjoys dual citizenship with the US and the UK.