I am still on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, enjoying beautiful weather and sunny skies. I checked out Oxford and Cambridge today, along with Hooper’s Island and the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

The terrain here is very low .. less than 100 feet above sea level .. and a number of areas are at risk for flooding from sea level rise associated with climate change. This is especially evident at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (image 1). It is also evident at the number of drawbridges around the area. These bridges are necessary because of all the sailboats with the tall masts. The bridges can’t be built higher without extra cost because the land is right up next to the water. So they use drawbridges to allow the boats to move from their moorings to the open sea. And yes, this is yet another photograph (Image 2) from inside my car.

Ferries are also used to move people from one side of the water to the other. This is the Oxford ferry (Image 3) that runs all day long between Oxford and Bellevue. This is thought to be the oldest privately operated ferry service. It crosses the Tred Avon River, another one of those big ones that feeds the Chesapeake Bay.

Another of those really big rivers is the Choptank (Image 4). This river was the center of James MIchener’s opus, Chesapeake. If you have never read it, it is worth your time.

The last image was made at the tip of Hooper’s Island and it is of the oyster beds that are cultivated there. In addition to the blue crab, the Chesapeake oyster is quite a delicacy.

I have included a map so that you can see where some of these places are.

I have one more day and I think I am going to venture away from the Chesapeake and over to the Atlantic Ocean so that I can go to Assateague and Chincoteague islands. Does any remember Misty of Chincoteague from your growing up reading list?

More tomorrow!

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