After lunch we got in the jeep and checked out the area.
|low tide on the St. Mary's River at the campground|
We drove into the historic town of St. Mary's and were rewarded by some beautiful old homes and a small but interesting "downtown" on the river. It was raining pretty steadily by then, so we stayed in the jeep and just experienced it through the rain dotted windshield.
A beautiful park edges the town's river bank, bordered by a tabby wall. Saturday mornings host a farmer's market at the gazebo, so we'll try and come back.
|Christmas decorations are in place already|
|close up look at the oyster shell composition of the wall|
Shrimp boats rule here. Tomorrow afternoon we'll come back to the fleet and pick up some fresh shrimp for dinner. (sorry Debbie B - wink wink)
On our way back to the State Park we passed the huge King's Bay Naval Submarine base with this really arresting sub display at its entrance.
|USS George Bancroft's final resting place|
As we traveled through the campground on our way to our site, Dave showed me this large hole he'd discovered on his walk this morning. We found out it was the home of a Gopher Tortoise. No sign of the big guy, but we'll keep an eye on the area.
|harvesting herbs by Beluga's headlights tonight|
Tomorrow we've signed up for a ranger/naturalist led boat cruise of the crooked river (St. Mary's River) Finger's crossed that this pesky rain will move out by the morning.