Words and Images from Ed Felker

M-DOWA at Solomons

5I’ve been lucky enough to visit some pretty neat places this year, and Solomon’s Island, MD is certainly on that list. The board of directors of the Mason-Dixon Outdoor Writers Association headed to the Holiday Inn Solomon’s Island Conference Center and Marina for a meeting in advance of our annual conference to be held at the same property next March, and I’m very much looking forward to our return. This is an incredibly nice property, and the staff – along with the fine folks from the Calvert County and Maryland Tourism departments – rolled out the red carpets for us. The photo above is the view from my hotel room overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.

After our meeting, we enjoyed a great dinner together at the nearby Ruddy Duck Brewery & Grill. If you’re in the area any time soon, I recommend the crabcakes paired with their Octoberfest brew. Fantastic. I almost got a nice football game too, but the Redskins forgot there were four quarters in a game. That’s alright, we played ’em tough for three out of four.

4The next morning came pretty early thanks to that Ruddy Duck Octoberfest. But we had cool, beautiful weather and two boats with enthusiastic captains ready to take us out for some stripers. I joined four others on the Renegade, and the rest of the group boarded the Miss Regina II. As we motored toward the fishing spots, we were treated to a wonderful sunrise. Whenever I am on the water when the sun comes up, I think of my Dad, who if he was with me would most certainly have said, “I wonder what the poor people are doing today.” I knew what he meant back then, but I really know what he meant now.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARiding toward the sunrise aboard the Renegade, a great old boat loaded with character, and a crew to match.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe first small fish came early and we caught them with some regularity, but didn’t get many keepers above the 18″ cutoff. But we told stories and jokes in between reeling in fish, and had a most enjoyable day on the water.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMeanwhile the folks on the Miss Regina II were busy hauling in some bigger fish.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am honored to be on this board, and had a great time with a wonderful group of people who share a passion for the outdoors and a need to write about it. I look forward to returning to Solomon’s Island and doing some more exploring.

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