Change of course: Chesapeake City, MD

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Ryan Chesapeake City

One of the things I love about sailing is that change is constant.

On land I sometimes fall into a rut because of a need to feel in control. And minimizing change is one way of being in control.

But in sailing, decisions are made in reaction to an endless number of unexpected factors, which are completely out of your control and may alter your plans on a daily or even hourly basis. You may need to pull into a safe harbor because of a storm. You may have to weather the stormy seas because there’s nowhere to hide. You may have to change your sails to accommodate the wind. Or you may never get to where you’re going…

…because you found a tiki bar. With live music. Next to a free overnight dock.

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The Tiki Bar at The Deck in Chesapeake City, MD

That’s right. We had plans to sleep on anchor for the first time in Sassafras, Maryland on Saturday night, but before we even got to the end of the C&D Canal, we saw the “Free Dockage” sign in front of a lively-looking tiki bar.

Now, if we were not already accustomed to change, we might have made the terrible mistake of passing up this unique opportunity…just because we had another plan.

Luckily, that tragic possibility was over-written with a big bowl of The Deck’s famous “drunken clams,” a few red sangrias and a valiant attempt at dancing Gangnam Style to a Bryan Adams song.

To all of you kindred spirits out there: May you often be thrown off course by something unexpected and wonderful.

hideaway chesapeake city

Nothing like a free overnight dock to lure you in.

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  • Mid-Life Cruising! October 23, 2012, 9:00 am

    A free dock next to a tiki bar … great find!

    • tashahacker October 23, 2012, 9:04 am

      You can’t beat that!

  • Kim October 23, 2012, 10:11 am

    Love this one!

    • tashahacker October 23, 2012, 10:27 am

      Thanks, Kim!

  • Brittany October 23, 2012, 10:58 am

    Never *ever* underestimate the powerful pull of a tiki bar, free dockage and ANY opportunity to dance “gagnam style”. You, my friend, are a girl after my own heart.

    • tashahacker October 23, 2012, 12:17 pm

      Ha ha! I hope there’s a tiki bar in Fort Lauderdale!

  • RyanZ July 18, 2014, 11:02 am

    Why were they playing Bryan Adams at a Tiki bar?
    That’s just wrong 😛

    • Tasha July 18, 2014, 11:07 am

      Yes, yes they were. I didn’t pick the music, but I can break it down Gangnam Style to anything 🙂

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