After enjoying a peaceful night with the dock to ourselves, we were able to sleep in a bit before untying the lines and continuing our journey down the Dismal Swamp Canal. All of the people we had entered the first lock with on the previous day had traveled farther than we did, allowing them to make the 8:30 a.m. exiting lock. With 14 statute miles to go there was no way we could be there in time, so we puttered down the waterway enjoying the feeling of having it all to ourselves.
I forgot to mention in the last post that on our way from Deltaville to Hampton, a yellow warbler came and joined us for a little while.The winds were in the high teens and all of a sudden this cute little bird landed on our coaming next to where I was sitting.We figured he was looking for a break from the wind.He hopped off the coaming and onto my leg, and then onto my arm.I don’t think he realized that I wasn’t a piece of furniture, and I stayed stock still.
He flew inside the cabin, much to our dismay, but then a few minutes later he flew out and tried to land on the engine shift lever.That didn’t give him enough grip, so he headed for the other coaming when – WHOOSH! – he got a bit too close to the wind and he blew away.Poor little thing.I wish I had my camera.He was really quite cute.Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.
We had a good trip to Connecticut, albeit a long drive.Jeff received a six month reprieve from the cardiologist assuming nothing changes, and we had a great time visiting my aunt in Charlottesville and several friends in Connecticut.I was a little concerned that after sleeping in a queen size bed, enjoying daily unlimited hot showers, and hanging out in something larger than our Pegu Club we might be reluctant to go back.That didn’t happen though.We missed her and the lifestyle that we are rapidly adjusting to, and were quite excited to be heading back on Tuesday.After spending one additional day in the marina, we were off bright and early on Thursday to officially begin our journey down the ICW. Continue reading “Two months later, we’ve passed mile zero.”→
There wasn’t as much VHF chatter on our way from Annapolis to Solomons as there had been on our previous leg.At one point on our way to Annapolis someone (presumably a fishing boat) was calling for a radio check and when no one responded he asked, “Am I all alone out here?”“I can hear you.You’re not alone” came a response.After a few beats someone else came on and said in a solemn voice, “We’re all alone.” That cracked us up.
Anyway, after motor sailing for 45 nm from Annapolis, we were happy to drop the anchor in Solomons, MD.Solomons is an extremely popular destination for Chesapeake boaters, but being late in October we didn’t get a real feel for it.It’s kind of like being on Block Island after Labor Day compared to the height of summer.A lot of places were closed for the season, but it was o.k. because we knew we would definitely be coming here again.
One place that wasn’t closed was the Calvert Marine Museum.The museum had several great exhibits, including many fossils, an outdoor habitat for river otters (so cute!), the Drum Point Light (which had been relocated from its original location), and indoor aquarium exhibits. Continue reading “Solomons and south.”→