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16 Reasons Living On The Chesapeake Bay Ruins You For Life

If you need us, we'll just be watching this sunset on this dock forever until we die, okay?

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1. You learn that any mode of transportation that isn't sailing is a wasted opportunity.

We're taking the car? Y tho?
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We're taking the car? Y tho?

2. Any party not on a boat is also a missed opportunity.

House parties wish they were this cool.
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House parties wish they were this cool.

3. Finding fresh rockfish anywhere else is really hard.

Even if you find it, they'll probably call it "striped bass," and it will drive you nuts.
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Even if you find it, they'll probably call it "striped bass," and it will drive you nuts.

4. The quality of crabs anywhere else in the world is going to be disappointing to you.

It's a huge letdown when you learn that, in other parts of the country, you can't just drop a net off a dock to catch your dinner.
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It's a huge letdown when you learn that, in other parts of the country, you can't just drop a net off a dock to catch your dinner.

5. And when restaurants off the bay serve crabs on fancy plates instead of newspaper, you'll be like, "You're just compensating for bad crabs, dude."

*sees "Alaskan crab legs" on the menu* *shakes head*
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*sees "Alaskan crab legs" on the menu* *shakes head*

6. And when you eat potato chips that don't have Chesapeake Bay seasoning on them, you're like, "WHY DID I EVEN BOTHER?"

Get out of here with that salt and vinegar nonsense.
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Get out of here with that salt and vinegar nonsense.

7. You will pity every other lighthouse for not being this lovely:

Why you gotta make me crane my neck to enjoy you, other lighthouses?
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Why you gotta make me crane my neck to enjoy you, other lighthouses?

8. And you will pity every other bridge for not being as grand as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Shut up, Golden Gate Bridge. You're like one-tenth the size of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
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Shut up, Golden Gate Bridge. You're like one-tenth the size of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

9. It’s really easy to forget just how deep the history runs here.

"So this is where George Washington resigned his military commission as Commander in Chief of the Army in 1783? Incredible!" —people not from the Chesapeake Bay"Party on West Street tonight. You going?" —people from the Chesapeake Bay
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"So this is where George Washington resigned his military commission as Commander in Chief of the Army in 1783? Incredible!" —people not from the Chesapeake Bay

"Party on West Street tonight. You going?" —people from the Chesapeake Bay

10. Good luck finding another place that's this beautiful in the spring...

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11. ...in the summer...

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12. ...in the fall...

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13. ...and in the winter.

We're walking in a spring/summer/fall/winter wonderland.
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We're walking in a spring/summer/fall/winter wonderland.

14. Honestly, you will never find a better place to commune with nature.

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the country, so it's basically like a candy store for environmental scientists and nature lovers.
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The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the country, so it's basically like a candy store for environmental scientists and nature lovers.

15. And you'll never find neighbors as cheery as the birds on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

They really run circles around the guy in the upstairs apartment with his music too loud.
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They really run circles around the guy in the upstairs apartment with his music too loud.

16. Once you're used to the relaxed Chesapeake vibe, it's pretty hard to go back.

It's kinda perfect, tbh.
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It's kinda perfect, tbh.

Count yourself lucky if you get to live near the Chesapeake Bay once in your life. Count yourself luckier if you get to spend four years of college on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Washington College's location along the Chester River near the Bay is perfect for anyone who wants to live and learn in this fantastic region.

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