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May 17, 2009

Great Bridge and the Chesapeake again

We are tied up to the free dock at Great Bridge, Va. We arrived here two days ago and have been doing boat projects and provisioning while we wait for better weather to head up the Chesapeake. We also met with Bob Starr, the broker who sold me Courage two years ago for his update on the boat market (horrible!!) and the current going prices for sister ships to Courage - down from two years ago if there are buyers at all. This must be an omen for us to stay aboard and continue cruising al least until the market improves!
Our trip north has been very good with almost no bad weather and many perfect days.
Our stay in Charleston was only one day but we did all we wanted to do – provisioning at Harris Teeter, and lunch at Joseph’s, which is Sue’s favorite Charleston restaurant. She always orders the open face filet minion sandwich on an English muffin.
We had favorable tides from Charleston and made good time every day. We were traveling with another Krogen “Molly Blossom” from South China Maine and spent one night with them at the Barefoot Landing dock near Myrtle Beach. We have seen them several times before along the ICW and at the annual Krogen rendezvous in Solomons, Maryland.
We got to Spooners Creek in Morehead City, NC on May 6th and anchored out for two nights before putting the boat in a slip at the marina there where we got reacquainted with Rain and Mark Harry on “Seawhisperer” whom we met last fall on our stop there.
We picked up an Enterprise rental car Friday at noon and drove to Durham for a weekend
Visit with my daughter Kat and her family. It is always fun to see them and play with my grand son Jaidan who is now five. We attended his soccer game Saturday morning and two birthday parties he had that weekend! We also celebrated mother’s day with them and went out for “brunch” at Elmo’s which is a very popular spot in the Durham area.
Kat is having a new enclosed back porch build on their house and it is almost finished. It is very nice and bright with big windows and skylights and will be enjoyed for years to come. She is also having some repairs to the chimney and new siding installed to correct water leak problems and a new roof so their house is having a major facelift! I was able to do a couple of small peeps projects for her in between all the other activities.
We returned to the boat Monday and got underway again Tuesday morning the 12th for the three-day trip to our current location. Tomorrow we will move north the 12 miles to Willoughby Bay to stage for the hops up the Chesapeake starting Tuesday.

Posted by Dick at 12:07 PM