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September 19, 2010

Summer is over!

The last log was June 21 and I commented on it being the summer solstice. Well, here we are approaching the fall equinox and I have not done a single log update – shame on me and my apologies to all you many faithful readers!
After our “ formal arrival” on the Chesapeake June 9th, we spent the rest of the month doing some routine “health maintenance” stuff, a dinner with our friends the Neeley's at their Yardley, PA home, and wandering around some of our favorite anchorages on the Eastern shore of the Chesapeake. We visited Annapolis and joined the other cruisers for the weekly breakfast get together at Chick ‘n Ruth’s, spent a few days in Chestertown - one of our favorites - and revisited Langford Creek, the Corsica River, Weems Creek off of the Severn River. The Magothy River, West River, Gibson’s Island, and Harris Creek.
We left Courage on a mooring at the Swan Creek marina starting July 21st while I went to a Fresh Creek board meeting in north Jersey and then we went to Ocean City, NJ for a week of “vacation” with Sue’s extended families. My four children and their spouses and sig. others and children joined us there on the 24th for a celebration of our 70th birthdays which were actually back in April. It was the first time all of both sides of the families were ever together and was a great time. The grandchildren and nieces and nephews put on a short but funny play that they made up. Our children had made slide shows of old and not so old pictures of us and the families over the years which we enjoyed on the big screen TV at the rental house.
August saw us continuing to anchor out and visit favorite spots like Cambridge, the Tred Avon River, San Domingo Creek, the Wye River, and Prospect Bay. On the 20th, we again left Courage on the mooring at Swan Creek and drove to my sister and brother in laws home in Copake Falls, NY for their 50th wedding anniversary. Walt’s brother Bob and wife Elsa were there along with my niece Laura and her four children and nephew Ed, his wife Gail and their two boys. That Saturday was the annual Copake Falls day with food, exhibits, bike rides, etc and the weather was perfect. The next day was the renewal of the wedding vows at the quaint little St John’s in the Woods Episcopal Church just a quarter of a mile from their house. My nephew Ed who is also an Episcopal minister officiated an as usual did a great job.
Our summer was drawn to a close with another short cruise on the Chesapeake to the Severn River where we had a nice visit with boating friends Tom and Elaine Eadems at their home base which has a wonderful view across the water to the SW. We met them last winter in Marathon Florida. We also stopped in Annapolis for another Chick ‘n Ruth’s cruisers breakfast, and anchored at Round Bay, and Ogleton Lake.
We have spent the last two weeks at daughter Liz’s house in Bensalem, PA cat sitting while she and her 2 dogs went to Maine on vacation. In addition to doing some “peeps” projects for her, we both had more medical stuff taken care of and finalized the arrangements for our upcoming trip to Bucharest, Romania to visit my daughter Louisa, her husband Chris and my granddaughter Neva for 2 weeks , followed by 12 days in London on the way home! We are looking forward to it.
This afternoon we will return to Courage and tomorrow start the trek south down the Chesapeake Bay and on to New Bern, NC where Courage will be docked while we make the Romania and London trip. Since we will be flying out of and back into the Raleigh/Durham airport, we will be able to visit with daughter KAT and her son Jaidan.
Since we operate on the “no plan” plan basis, our thinking is to wander south – maybe Thanksgiving at the St Mary’s GA cruisers get together - then on the Florida – maybe do the St John’s River - and then maybe cross to the Exumas, Bahamas in January for the winter.

Posted by Dick at 11:06 AM