Chesapeake Bay Talk about walking in history's footsteps. Capt John Smith (of Pocahantas fame) spent 1607-1609 sailing about the Chesapeake looking for gold, silver, and a short cut to China. While he found none of those things, he and crew of 15 sailed over 3000 miles in a 30 foot open boat exploring the bay's rivers and creeks. Most of that exploration happened during the summer of 1608. Exactly 400 years later, here Karen and I are visiting the some of the same spots. Obviously some of it has changed remarkably, but some of the creeks look just as they did back in the day. In 2006, Congress designated the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Water Trail - the first aquatic national trail. We will be visiting many of those places for the rest of the summer. Some sitings on the left are the Wolf Trap lighthouse just before the Piankatank, some bay traffic getting a push from a tug, and a chart of the waterway from our cruising guide.