February 2013

Finding Home in Old Alexandria  » It’s hard to find a new way to look at your own town, says Alexandrian Lynn Teo Simarski. But when she finally brought her trawler up the Potomac, it was easy to find what is left of the town’s historic wharves and waterfront. It was not so easy, however, to avoid George Washington.

A Sense of Rachel Carson, Part II » In this second and final part of our series on Rachel Carson’s early Bay-based writings, we feature her article in the Atlantic Monthly, her writings for the Bureau of Fisheries, and excerpts from her best-selling book The Sea Around Us. Read this article

The Tide of Light » You can simply hibernate this time of year, hide from winter, leave Bay explorations to hardier souls and better-insulated animals. But Tom Horton’s essay, accompanied by the lovely hiemal photography of David Harp, may change your mind . . . may help you see the light.

Bypoints  : Choose to Vote
Our annual call to readers, our Chesapeake experts, to tell us what is in fact the Best of the Bay. Read this article

Marina Hopping : The Devil, You Say
It’s easy to stop at the same old places, says Jody Argo Schroath. But, forcing herself to cruise outside the box, she finds a gem in Crown Pointe Marina, off Virginia’s York River. Read this article

Cruise of the Month : Back Creek Crawl
You can’t necessarily trust the chart data, electronic or otherwise, when it comes to the Sassafras River’s Knight Island. But if you trust your senses and your depthfinder, you’ll find a way . . . and a delightful spot to while away the hours. By Jody Argo Schroath.

Angler’s Almanac : Making Your Own Great Days
John Page Williams reminds us that it’s not merely what you catch that makes for a memorable day on the water.

Bay Journal : Stemming the Tide of Loss
Waterfront wharves and working marinas have steadily lost ground in the face of economic realities and tighter fishing regulations. But officials in Maryland and Virginia are now looking at ways to preserve what’s left of the Bay’s working waterfront. By Rona Kobell.