It has been raining since roughly the 4th of July here in Maryland. The forecast was for clouds and afternoon showers, so I decided to take the boat out for a run in the morning to at least air it out, run the engine and charge up the battery. As I drove towards the South River, the clouds got darker and by the time I reached the boat and started taking off the cover, it started to rain lightly. Being a real man, I didn't let that stop me - I put the bimini top up and headed out the South River towards the Thomas Point lighthouse on the Bay. The view was gray all around but it has been about a month since I've actually seen the sun shine on the Bay.
The further east I went the harder it rained, but that wasn't stopping those diving birds whose heads you see sticking out of the water all the time. Once I got out of the river a bit into the Bay, I noticed what I thought were bird heads were actually vertical sticks - one end was waterlogged so they were floating vertically with just 10% or so showing, like small, wooden icebergs. Yuck - there might not be mattresses and propane tanks trashing up the Bay this long after Hurricane Irene/Tropical Storm Lee but there is still plenty of junk in the water. I'd been planning on heading across to Eastern Bay but between the rain and junk, turned around and ran up and down the South River a bit and then put the boat away.
On Sunday, Carl and I decided to brave the continuing gray skies and hike the Gold Mine trails at Great Falls National Park on the Maryland side of the Potomac. The Potomac was a roiling, muddy mess and the trails showed many signs of tree falls and wash outs. It wasn't that warm out but the humidity was so high it was like hiking through a rain forest. Lots of tourists and bicycling tour groups out - with the weather we've been having, any day where it doesn't actually pour rain is now the equivalent of a sunny day.
The weather guessers are claiming fine weather for the coming weekend...