We haven't anchored in Grays Inn Creek before so it was nice to experience a new place. The creek is deep and there are several anchoring opportunities depending on wind direction. We traveled a little farther up the creek than we might have because the winds were forecast to increase and the river was open to the forecast direction. We knew from past experience that there was a good probability that winds would be stronger than forecast, so we headed up the Grays Inn Creek branch of the river and dropped anchor near the western side. It was another beautiful anchorage with little boating activity other than a local small sailboat and a couple of waterman working a trot line. The wind increased to over 20 knots during the afternoon, but the creek offered good protection and holding. By early evening, there was little more than a light breeze. This was a good sign and the next morning we were underway shortly after the sun came up to take advantage of light conditions to cross the Bay to the western shore.
The Great Book Of Anchorages, The Bahamas. We want the book available in the stores by mid to late September so boaters heading south to the Bahamas will have a copy on board. We made reservations at Henderson's Wharf in Fells Point through the Marinalife website reservations system. The trip from Rock Creek to the Inner Harbor at a leisurely pace took about an hour and fifteen minutes. Along the way, we passed ship yards, power plants, commercial wharfs, the Baltimore Marine Terminal and historic Fort McHenry. The Patapsco River is very industrialized and we wouldn't call this a scenic trip, unless you're into commercial industry. Henderson's Wharf juts out on a point just as one enters the Inner Harbor area. It was early when we arrived so we had to stand off and wait for a few minutes until someone could get down the dock, assign us a slip and help with lines. Except for some of the T-docks and side ties, most of the slips have very short finger piers and many do not have pilings on which to tie between the slips. This required us to back into the slip or we wouldn't be able to get off the boat without trying to climb over the anchor platform. The weather cooperated and backing in didn't present any problems. In wind and current conditions, this can be challenging with our single engine and no thrusters. Tied snugly in the slip, it was time to take care of business and do some exploration around Fells Point. We also had a concert to attend in Washington over the weekend, so we were looking forward to a change of pace and a little distraction. More on that later. Don't forget, as always, for more photos and information, visit our Facebook page.