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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Osprey Point

Well, if you have to be stuck someplace, this is a nice spot. The view from the boat to shore is pictured. The Inn, Restaurant and Bath House are in the large building. A nice pool and playground are alongside. The docks are all floating, so there is no need to worry about tides. Bicycles are available and, if it wasn’t 95 degrees, we’d be utilizing them. A “trolley” comes from town every hour and you can ride it from 4-8 pm most days. There is wireless internet near the pool. The only think lacking is an indoor spot for boaters to gather and get out of the heat.  It is a pretty marina, good for a peaceful escape if you’re cruising these waters.

There is a hole in the water here at Osprey Point as Saguday with Neil, Molly Kieran & Luc headed for the C&D canal late this afternoon.  Noah handled the farewell better than expected. We hope to cross wakes with the crew of Saguday again in the Fall.


Sleepover

After the bad news about the engine yesterday, we were treated to ice cream at the local drugstore, which is a trip back into the 1940’s. Tin ceiling, stools and a soda fountain along with good ice cream raised our spirits.

Not sure why they call them sleepovers, because not much sleeping goes on, but Noah had a great time last night with Kieran & Luc from Saguday as they stayed up until just after midnight talking about pirates, bears and other boy things. We’ll all miss the crew of Saguday as they are headed North on Sunday.

It is 95 at noon today, so we’ll all head to the pool after Noah finishes school work.


Thursday, July 27, 2006

August in Rock Hall


Well, we made the choice to replace the engine rather than sinking any more money into the old one. This means the boat will be in Rock Hall, Maryland for the next three to five weeks. It should give us plenty of time to get the boat projects done. We may rent a car and get out of town for a few weeks once the new engine actually arrives. Try and picture mechanics removing and installing an engine in a space that overlaps your kitchen, living room and only door to the house and you get some idea of how this project is going to go.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Annapolis to Rock Hall


Pulled away from the mooring as the chapel was beginning to chime twelve. The harbormaster was there in his skiff, ready to collect another days fee if we dallied. Departed Annapolis and headed through the crowd of Sunday sailors to pass under the Bay Bridge. Noah was forced to forgo computer games so he could see the boats and sights. Fascinating to see all the sailing and boating around, but the boat wakes made a smooth morning into a bouncy ride. We’re spoiled by the relatively few boats in North Carolina. The bridge was quite a sight and it was fun to pass under all the traffic. The wind was from the North (again) so we motored most of the 14 miles to Rock Hall. Passed several large freighters bound for Baltimore delivering cars from Germany. Ended up at Osprey Point in Rock Hall where we met new friends with a similar boat and two boys close to Noah’s age.

Monday update: This is a lovely marina with a pool, an Inn, and resident swans and great blue herons. We only planned to spend one night, but we may be here for a few days as the engine has quit on us again. It wouldn’t start this morning. After changing filters and bleeding the fuel system didn’t fix the problem we resorted to calling a mechanic. He spent four hours trying, unsuccessfully, to find the problem this afternoon and will be back to pressure test the engine in the morning.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Annapolis



Made it into Annapolis City Harbor on Friday afternoon amid warnings of severe thunderstorms from NOAA. They died down before getting here, so we spent a quiet night on a city mooring. We ran into Dave Deiter, recently retired from Kodak in the bathhouse and his boat, Orion, is two moorings away from us. The boat adjacent to us is from Oriental, NC. The small world syndrome hits again.

This is a wonderful place to visit and we are a short dinghy ride from the heart of the city. We look out at the Naval Academy field, and enjoyed watching the midshipmen do there morning exercises starting at 0600. I was tired just watching and sipping coffee! The singing of the Star Spangled Banner echoing across the water was uplifting. Explored some of the old town and galleries during the day. Noah and I took a tour of the Naval Academy and it was fascinating. The dormitory is the largest granite building in the world and ALL the students live in the one building. Swimming facilities are extensive and every midshipman has to jump off the 10 meter diving platform before the end of their second year. The Chapel is beautiful and houses the Tomb of John Paul Jones of Revolutionary War fame. We were treated to bagpipes playing as we rounded the front of the Chapel and an honor guard was welcoming a bride and groom with a bridge of drawn swords as they exited. It was quite a moving ceremony. If you are ever in Annapolis, visit the Academy.  

Sailing the East Coast is a perfect compliment to third grade history studies. Noah had just read about John Paul Jones the day before we visited the academy and Jones Tomb.

Used the dinghy to visit the local ships chandlery and to tour some of the back creeks with their beautiful homes and amazing yachts. Met another Island Packet owner, Chuck Shoemaker, retired on Kairos. He had just finished varnishing the teak and it looked great. There are thousands of sailboats here and vessels of every type coming and going all the time. An evening tradition is the firing of a Canon at sunset. It is easy to see why boats come here and stay for a month or more.  We made it back to the boat just before a cell hit this evening. The picture of the day shows the waterfront just before the storm hit. If the thunderstorms clear out, we will probably move on to Rock Hall tomorrow. There is free wi-fi in the anchorage, so we are able to get good weather information.


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