Thursday, July 9, 2009

Solomons Island to Herring Bay, Herrington Harbour Marina South

July 9, 2009

Island Hopper departed the dock at 9:05 AM. Today's journey is 40 miles to Herrington Harbour South Marina - Resort ( on Herring Bay. The weather is clear skies, sunny Winds 5 - 10 Northeast, Seas 1 --2 and temperatures in the lower 80's. Another pleasant day on the water. From the water, the shore south of Herring Bay is very attractive. Houses stand high on hills with their lawns sweeping down to the beach, or they cluster together under cool shade trees along the steep hillsides, or nestle in groups behind the sandy beaches. In addition to its beauty, Herring Bay is an important provisioning and repair center, for both power and sailboats. QUICK FACT: LNG TERMINAL Just south of St. Leonard on the Chesapeake Bay in Cove Point, MD lies Dominion Cove Point LNG, one of the country's largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facilities. The Cove Point facility began receiving shipments between 1978 and 1980 and was re-opened by Columbia Gas in 1995, when it was used to liquefy, store and distribute domestic natural gas for use in mid-Atlantic. After several changes in ownership, Dominion received its first shipment at Cove Point in 2003. The LNG facility sits on just over 1000 acres, the majority of which is under protection; in addition to 800 acres under conversation management, 190 acres are freshwater marsh, and a country park accounts for another 80 acres of the property. Dominion says it is working with the environmental community to ensure the endangered plant and animal life. In and around the property is researched and maintained. Dominion is also a part of the Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust, a partnership with the Sierra Club and the Maryland Conservation Council.

Island Hopper arrived at Herrington Harbour South at 1:15 PM. Herrington Harbour, tropically themed, is one of the most popular resort marinas on the Bay. The marina offers slips, restaurants, lounges, an inn and a range of services and amenities. South's well groomed grounds include sandy beaches, picnic tables and grills, and numerous recreation facilities.

Kevin at The Herrington Harbour Beach Dock

View From The Beach Dock

The crew explored the resort and then took a shuttle into a small beach town, North Beach. It has a boardwalk and a few shops. After cocktails on the stern, Barb, Ed, Debbie & Kevin walked to the resort's restaurant, Mangoes. They were entertained by BAD karaoke. Wow, what a night! Lot's of laughs.

Sign Outside the Restaurant

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