During their early years, my children thought we lived next to an ocean -- albeit a small ocean -- even though we actually live along Marley Creek in Point Pleasant.
Although there are moments when living on the water can be trying (like the entire month of February), for the most part it is very rewarding. Literally.
For example, we have a collection of approximately 411 beach towels that were left drying on the line by visitors. The towels serve as a microcosm for American trends, with a faded and worn Rainbow Brite neatly folded next to not-so-frothy-anymore Spuds McKenzie. We also have a Baltimore Colts towel that grown men, with tears in their eyes, reverently allow their children to touch.
Through the years, we have collected countless bottles of sun-tanning lotions, an assortment of mismatched lawn furniture and several pairs of Dr. Scholl's sandals (for some reason, people buy these but just don't like to wear them). Currently, we have a pair of white sling-backs that I am holding for my sister-in-law until she can safely wear them again after Memorial Day 1993.
Now if only someone would leave me a boat.
On Saturday at 9:30 a.m., Marley and Furnace creeks will be the site of the Baltimore Rowing Club's first head race, The Ariel Head of the Patapsco. The three-mile course encompasses some of North County's most scenic waterways, starting on Furnace Creek and continuing down Marley Creek to the finish line, just past the Country Club Estates Recreation Association property.
Steve Seninger, president of the Baltimore Rowing Club, selected the Marley area after touring various waterways in search of a suitable course.
"We were looking for a body of water that had a number of characteristics," Seninger explained. "This area offered us the necessary three-mile length in a protected area with little boat traffic."
The area's appearance also impressed the club.
"The residential side of the creek is very pleasant and the wooded side is a very pretty place," Seninger said.
In search of an appropriate launch site, Seninger approached the Country Club Estates Recreation Association, which offered the use of its boat launch and picnic area for spectators to enjoy the race. Community members also have volunteered to help on race day by using their Own private boats.
This is Maryland's first head race -- a long-distance race typically on a protected river. A head race is usually three miles, compared to the shorter 2,000-meter races more commonly run.
Approximately 50 to 75 boats are expected to participate, with crews with experience levels ranging from novice to master. Some are single sculls, with one person and one set of oars; others may have up to eight rowers, each with a single long oar engaging in "sweep rowing."
According to race director Walter Cesewski, the response to the rowing regatta has been very positive, with rowers representing colleges and clubs throughout the Middle Atlantic region already registered. Depending on the rowing community's response, the race could become an annual event.
The October meeting of the South Glen Burnie Coin Club is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the VFW Post 160 hall on Dorsey Road. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. so members may examine coins available for the monthly club auction.
For information, call 766-2574.
Bargain hunters may want to check out the flea market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Country Club Estates Recreation Association on Paul Marr Drive.