I realize that August isn't the optimal time to cruise the Chesapeake, but it's deserted, even though the weather has been fine: sunny, not too hot, 10 knots of wind, flat water. It's leisurely sailing for folks like us used to 20 knots of wind in Rhode Island Sound, but it's fine. We aren't in a hurry.
Yesterday we were in Annapolis at the city dock (right across from Pussers) and most of the slips were empty. Today we are in St. Michaels and we were literally the only dinghy at the public dinghy dock. There are two boats anchored off the Maritime Museum, ours and a single trawler. We were in Rock Hall over the weekend, and there was plenty of space at the public dock.
We were also warned about the heavy commercial traffic. We saw plenty on the Delaware River, but virtually nothing in the top half of the Chesapeake: two freighters anchored off Annapolis (presumably waiting for pilots to take them in to Baltimore) and one tug pushing a small barge. That's it.