Ten miles off Chesapeake Bay’s lower Eastern Shore lies Smith Island, Md., where 240 residents of three villages eke out a living as their ancestors have for generations.
Land ho! It’s that exciting moment when a dark smudge appears on the horizon between the Florida Keys’ turquoise waters and azure sky. The smudge grows larger and more distinct, morphing into not a palm-fringed island or mangrove tangle but a massive brick fort nearly covering 16-acre Garden Key. It’s incongruous and awe-inspiring in this endless expanse of ocean.
Kevin Feindel is a good example of how deep the roots go in Lunenburg. He and his wife are descendants of immigrants who arrived there 260 years ago on one of the very first ships that brought settlers to the well-protected harbor.
Photos by Bob Grieser
Chesapeake Bay dishes out a cornucopia of fun, and only unfavorable weather or contrary boaters affect it. Mother Nature did not design the Bay as a place to demonstrate her anger, but when things go wrong conditions can test you and teach lessons. Tomorrow on the Bay usually promises another summer outing in a land of pleasant living, filled with adventure and great expectations.
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