After a Friday night pool party at Stingray Yacht Club, we motored up the Rappahannock this morning to an anchorage with a nice breeze. Lots of time to read all the magazines that arrived when we were in Alaska.
We motor sailed up the Choptank and Tred Avon rivers today to Oxford. But, as W. C. Fields would say, "it was closed." Seriously, the few shops are closed on Wednesdays. Captain Pete always times my shopping opportunities this way. Even the historic Robert Morris Inn pub was closed. This was our second visit to Oxford. Cute and very clean town. But VERY quiet.
We departed last Friday for Mill Creek near Reedville. Saw quite a few Dolphins along the way. After docktails onboard Aspire, we spent a VERY hot and humid night at anchor. AC at Zahnhisers Marina on Solomons Island the next night was much nicer.
Then north to Herrington Harbor South on another hot (and gnatty) day. Saw a lot of rays skimming along the top of flat seas today. Some folks are marketing these cow-nosed rays as tasty eating. Haven't tried them yet, so the jury is out.
AC again! A threatening thunderstorm necessitated a change in plans to a fun potluck dinner on Aspire again. Warren and Barbara are now family!
Across the bay past Bloody Point Light to St. Michaels right now. I just googled this somewhat off-plumb lighthouse to discover that it is now privately owned and that the owner plans to desalinate water here and make a unique beer. Hmmmm.
Now in St. Michaels, the town that "fooled the British" in the War of 1812 by hanging lanterns in the treetops, leading the British to fire their cannons too high.
We had never ventured past Urbanna on the Rappahannock. So we sailed up to the mouth of Greenvale Creek. The Upper Deck restaurant appeared to be open but the number of warning stakes scared us away. Maybe 'tis best to drive here in the future.
Took a long trip up the Western Branch of the Corrotoman instead to anchor for the night. Quite a lovely after-dinner sky.
"What bliss to be in the cockpit with the sun and the warm breeze on one's skin, just watching the sea, and the sky, and the sails" -Sir Francis Chichester
"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from your safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain
"He who goes to sea for pleasure would go to Hell for a pastime." -Samuel Johnson
"They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the wonders of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep" -Psalm 107