On Saturday I finally got the boat running and took it out for a spin on the South River and out a little bit into the Bay. Filling up the tank cost $83 - yikes. But now the boat was ready if Carole wanted a Mother's Day boat ride on Sunday.
However, Carole chose hiking for her Mother's Day activity. We were going to drive down to St. Mary's College to see Lauren and take a station wagon-load of her stuff home, so we decided to hike at Calvert Cliffs State Park on the Chesapeake Bay on the way down.
We did the Red Trail down to the beach area, and then added the Yellow Loop on the way back, for a total of about 4 miles on a beautiful sunny Sunday morning. The trail basically follows Gray's Creek as it wends its way down to the Bay at a break in the cliffs. There are many open views of wetlands.
Once you reach the beach, you are at the base of the cliffs with an awesome view. There are always people finding shark tooth fossils, but everything looks like shells to me. The cliffs are eroding into the Bay, slowly but surely.
The Bay was as smooth as glass. I'm sure next weekend when we try to take the boat out there will be lots of wind - unless of course we were actually in a sailboat, in which case the doldrums would rule.
The Mountain Laurel were not quite ready to bloom - probably one more week to go.
We saw several snakes, actually we surprised several snakes, leading to me demonstrating my fine imitation of Samuel L. Jackson: "I'm MFing tired of MFing snakes on this MFing trail." We did see this enormous Gila monster, but I had the camera in reverse telescope mode, so it just appears to be a small salamander.
To get that taste out of our mouths, we continued down to St.Mary's, carried Lauren's mouse infested stuff into my car, and the three of us went to Panera's for lunch. Lauren headed back to college, Carole and I stopped at Bruster's for ice cream to fuel us for the ride home.