The anchor is up at first light in Back Creek. With 60 miles to travel today, an early start insures adequate daylight to reach our destination in Deltaville, VA. As Cutter Loose makes her final approach to the Bay from the Patuxent River, an orange ball begins its ascent above the watery horizon. This is one of the day’s finest moments of cruising.
The VHF radio is crackling with activity this morning. As luck would have it, the Navy is conducting bombing raids on electronic targets just south of Cedar Point. Navy patrol boats have established perimeter control of the security zone. Every vessel transiting the area is intercepted and diverted to the east of the Chesapeake Bay ship’s channel near Hooper Light. This diversion adds several miles to our trip today…our contribution to military preparedness.
By noon, we leave the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay astern and enter Virginia near Smith Point. We have been shedding layers of clothing all morning as the temperature climbs rapidly into the upper 70s. South of Smith Point, the cargo vessel Lin Jie passes nearby Cutter Loose as she makes her way south in the Bay en route to Bruges, Belgium.
On today’s journey, we pass the Potomac River, the Great Wicomico River and the Rappahannock River en route to the town of Deltaville on the Piankatank River. At 4:30 PM, the anchor is down in Jackson Creek, a snug setting where we are surrounded by tree-lined shores and attractive homes.