Saturday, October 26, 2013

Is this the north or the south?

Lots of things distinguish the north from the south, and clearly we are on the boarder.  Today's trip took us from Annapolis, MD down the Chesapeake to Deltaville, VA.  It was a long trip, but tomorrow looks to be bad weather so we figured we'd just go for it.  Plus, we are meeting up with friends and Nordhavn owners Wytie and Sally aboard Happy (isn't that a great name?).  It was a very uneventful trip except for the funny large birds we kept seeing.  They kind of looked like pelicans, but in all our time on the Chesapeake we've never seen a pelican here.  I associate them with Florida and Southern California, not Maryland.  Maybe their range has changed over the past 25 years, maybe it's the time of year, or maybe we just never went far enough south in the bay to see them, but sure enough, they were brown pelicans.  I guess we are getting south, aren't we?

But then, at the same time, there was as loon floating not too far from the pelican.  To me, loons are the ultimate northern bird whistling in the lakes in the summer.  So I guess we are still in the north while at the same time we are the south.

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