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August 24, 2003

Friends and family Aboard

Lynn James and Brian Higgins arrived on the evening of August 7th bring fresh corn on the cob and many other treats! The next morning we left Swan Creek and motor sailed to Fairlee Creek, which is north of Swan Creek on the eastern shore. It is a very narrow twisting entrance but once inside it is a very nice protected anchorage. The next day we went further north to Betterton at the mouth of the Sassafras River. There is a public dock there and we left the boat and went ashore for lunch at the Irish Pub just up the hill. This is not a good overnight location so we went south to Worton Creek to anchor for night. Another good anchorage and a quiet night. We returned to Swan Creek Monday and had early dinner at the Waterman Crab house in Rock Hall so Lynn and Brian could get a reasonably early start home. Another nice visit with friends. We stayed on the mooring at Swan Creek the rest of that week since we had guests coming aboard the next weekend.
Sharon and Jeff Pruner arrived Saturday AM. Jeff and I worked together at GE in the late 60’s and have kept in touch over the years. Our paths crossed again when we lived in Reisterstown MD and we discovered that their son and our daughter Louisa were in the same highs school class. Small world! Jeff is now the top Information Systems person for Pep Boys in Philadelphia. It always amazes me how good friends can pick up right where they left off after many years of not seeing each other and this was certainly true with Jeff and Sharon. We crossed the Bay on Saturday afternoon in light winds and anchored behind Dobbins Island on the Magothy River. This is a popular spot and is a nice safe anchorage with a beach and good swimming.
On Sunday we had another gentle sail back to Swan Creek and were treated to dinner at the Waterman Crab house where Jeff and I had the “all you can eat” crab dinner.
On Monday the 18th, we crossed the Bay to Baltimore and got a slip at the Anchorage Marina in Canton – just east of Baltimore. This is where we started our official live aboard adventure last November so it was sort of like completing the circle and coming “home”.
My son Rich and his children Justin (13) and Lauren (9) arrived that night after an 8-hour drive from their home in Brecksville Ohio south of Cleveland. We settled in on the boat and the next day did a tour of the Baltimore Inner Harbor before heading out to the Magothy River and Dobbins Island. This is a convenient place from Baltimore and is short enough to keep the grandchildren from being bored. Again we swam and explored Dobbins Island. Justin challenged me to a chess game and we played the card game BS that evening. On Wednesday we had nice wind for the sail back to Baltimore and a slip at the Anchorage Marina. It was good to see my family again and I was sad to see them leave on Thursday morning. With our cruising lifestyle, we never know when the next visit will be.
That afternoon we left Baltimore again and crossed the Bay to Worton Creek for the night. On Friday we motor sailed up the Sassafras River to Georgetown and anchored on the east side of the drawbridge as recommended by our cruising guide. A front came through that evening and blew out all the hot moist air so Saturday and today have been beautiful clear cool days with a nice breeze. Yesterday a local resident stopped by the boat to chat and ended up inviting us to join them and go to the local Lion’s Club chicken dinner that night at the Galena Fire Hall. We accepted and had a nice evening with their family and they were nice and had us back to their house watch Ethan and Caroline on “Race to the Altar”. They avoided elimination again and are now one of the last four couples in the race!

Posted by Dick at 10:47 AM

August 06, 2003

We Continue to Explore the Chesapeake

We have continued to explore the Annapolis area of the Chesapeake Bay. After having lunch with friends Lou and Faye Font in Annapolis, we journeyed back to Oxford to pick up the propane tank we left to be filled and then forgot! We visited Tilghman Island’s east side and anchored in Dun Cove – another beautiful and quiet place surrounded by very nice homes. We get to enjoy the view without paying the high real estate prices and taxes.
Our next leg was through Knapp Channel on Tilghman Island back to Annapolis to meet Kay and Dave Lucas. Dave had business in Philadelphia and Baltimore and they were able to meet us in Annapolis and spend the weekend aboard. We had beautiful sailing weather on the way to St. Michaels and on the return. We passed the tall ship from Chile on the way back into Annapolis. It was obviously visiting the US Naval Academy and was anchored outside of the Annapolis harbor.
On Tuesday we picked up a rental car and drive up to Haddonfield to attend the party Ethan and Carolyn had organized for the premier of the “Race to the Altar” show that they are on. They were also on a local Philadelphia morning TV show called “10 at 10” for channel 10 at 10 AM. We went with them to the studio and got to watch as the “audience”. It was fun to see a live TV show being done and they both did a good job of presenting themselves and their show. That night we went with them to a local sports bar to watch the show along with about 75 of their family and friends. It was fun but they were down to the last two couples before making the cut! Tune in every Wednesday at 8 PM on NBC to see the rest of the series and find out if they won “The Wedding of their Dreams”.
After returning to Annapolis and doing some provisioning, we took Omega up the Severn River to Little Round Bay. The Severn River is much bigger than it looks as it flows past Annapolis and has many sheltered anchorages. It was almost like being on an inland lake. On August 3rd we came down river to Whitehall Bay just north of the Severn River to position for the trip across the Bay to Chestertown on the Eastern Shore. The wind was from the south and the trip across the Bay and up the Chester River the Chestertown was uneventful. Both Sue and I have fallen in love with Chestertown. It is a beautiful, historic town with many fine examples of colonial through Victorian architecture. All of the people we have met have been warm and friendly and many came from other places to settle here. Washington College is here and the town has many artisans and is a very alive and happening place. It is definitely on the very short list of places to put down a taproot when the time comes. We will meet up with Brian Higgins and Lynn James (Sue’s former sister in law) this Friday and they will spend a long weekend aboard.

Posted by Dick at 12:32 AM