By Kelcie Pegher
Pirate Pete Vonderheide gives a fellow boater a wave while he passes on his kayak. "Hey guys, I haven't seen you in a while!"
The two laughed and said they were just enjoying the good weather. For the last seven seasons, Vonderheide (known as Pirate Pete to most) and his wife, Captain Kate, have unloaded their kayaks at Spa Creek and talked about the history of Annapolis.
"I am a plethora of useless Annapolis knowledge," Vonderheide said recently to a tour group.
From April to October, Kayak Annapolis gives three tours a day, weather permitting.
Vonderheide said that during the first summer they hoped to have 60 customers. Now they get a crowd of 60 or so each weekend day.
The couple moved from Hawaii seven years ago with plans to get real jobs. Kate was in public relations. Pete was trained as an architect, though he was doing kayak and zipline tours in Hawaii. Shortly after moving to Annapolis, they hatched an idea for a kayak tour over dinner and a bottle of wine.
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