Recent Happenings

Just a little catching up with the blog is in order. It’s tough keeping the blog updated when we’re in Annapolis for the summer. It seems, at least to me, that the things we have going on are not going to be of interest to the readers. I’m back at work doing the welding thing and Michele is volunteering all over the place it seems, so interesting subject matter is sparse. But, having said all that, we’re not completely boring and things do happen in the summer worth blogging about. Take the Fourth of July for example. It was our first chance to get off the dock and drop a hook somewhere for more then a couple of hours.

The whole weekend, after reviewing all our weather sources, was going to be dodgy with thunderstorms. We really didn’t care. If you’re in the Chesapeake in the summer and you wait until thunderstorms come out of the weather report you’ll have a long wait to get anywhere. The only day that concerned us was the Fourth of July itself, because we were picking up guests for dinner onboard on that day. We may not mind a little rain, but the guests, well…With that thought in mind, off the dock we pulled. The trip up to the Magothy River was a mixture of sailing, motorsailing and just plain motoring. It seems we’ve lost about a knot of boat speed due to the growth on the bottom. Ahh, life on the Chessie..

Once we entered the Magothy I promptly lost yet another hat. Tried to spin around and retrieve it, but it had sank already. Oh well, we continued on to the anchorage only to find it pretty full. Not wanting to trust the anchoring skills of strangers, especially knowing a storm was coming, we decided to go just a little further up. Turns out this was just as good, if not better, then our normal spot here. Only one other boat was there and the water was quite. Perfect. Later on that evening we found out why the other anchorage was full. The locals put on a fantastic fireworks show that rivaled most of the shows that nearby cities put on! And we had front row seats. Yeah baby…

The next day I put in a little boat work and finally cleaned the ICW moustache off the water line. After that, we rewarded ourselves with a little dinghy ride across the Magothy River to another popular spot to anchor. Turns out this spot, which is in front of Gibson Island, was a little too shallow and a little too young for us. Young, as in we looked like chaperones, so back across the river to El Camino. On Monday, the weather really looked dicey for dinner and a little cruise for our guests who we still had to go and retrieve. As it turned out, the system blew through and we picked up everyone at the fuel dock back at the marina and had a wonderful cruise and dinner.

The last little mini cruise was this Wednesday evening with friends from our cell group from church. It was another one of those days where thunderstorms were in the forecast and from the look of the radar, it was going to be a close call in regards to the storm clearing out before we left. We waited until the last minute to make the decision to go for it. As it turned out, the storm blew through and we had another beautiful cruise. We dropped the hook in Harness Creek, another favorite anchorage of ours, and enjoyed some delicious finger foods and dips before heading back to Liberty Marina.

And that brings us up to date. I’ve finished a few boat projects and I’ll report on those in another post. All in all, it’s been a good summer so far. Now that it’s the middle of July that means one thing, we’re halfway to leaving for the south again!

From the 4th of July..

P1060601The Thomas Shoal Lighthouse. The light was built and placed in service in 1875! Google it and read some interesting history…

The Sandy Point Lighthouse was placed into service in 1883

The Sandy Point Lighthouse was placed into service in 1883

I thought this was a cool view of the Bay Bridge. Notice the left tower has clouds dropping down on it.

I thought this was a cool view of the Bay Bridge. Notice the left tower has clouds dropping down on it.

Our anchorage at Magothy River..

Our anchorage at Magothy River..

One of the houses we spotted on our dinghy tour...

One of the houses we spotted on our dinghy tour…

We love how this horse farm looks. It's right by the anchorage..

We love how this horse farm looks. It’s right by the anchorage..

Pics from the cell group mini cruise….

Michelle, Amber and Paul

Michelle, Amber and Paul

Bob, Madeline and Donna our cell group hostess..

Bob, Madeline and Donna our cell group hostess..

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From around the marina…

Crab feast at Sail Away Catamaran's office!

Crab feast at Sail Away Catamaran’s office!

Catamaran row at dusk...

Catamaran row at dusk…

Rainbow after the storm...

Rainbow after the storm…

 

Until then..