Monday, June 22, 2009

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A Swell Day

The Bay was still a bit riled up from yesterday's winds, and it was a swell day. That's not "swell day" as the Beav and Wally would have meant it. It was big swells, but not big waves today. So we rolled sideways most of the way home, but it was nothing like yesterday. Notice the calm look on the Captain's face.

The big highlight of the day (other than returning to terra firma) was being in the midst of a huge pod of bottlenose dolphins (about 30-40) --off Fleet's Bay. They followed us for about 30 minutes. Quite entertaining. Some of them came right up to MicMac. Maybe she looked like a big momma dolphin to them??

We have only seen dolphins further south in the bay and never as many as today. We felt like they were guiding us home--quite a touch of good luck! I got a few videos, but they couldn't capture the moment.

HOME AGAIN, HOME AGAIN . . . after 33 days

Five weeks is a long time to spend on a 36' sailboat, with only a few shore excursions. I have no idea how John Smith and his men on a shallop smaller than MicMac did it. It was quite refreshing to round Windmill Point and enter MicMac’s major stomping grounds, the Rappahannock River. Deltaville never looked so good!

We’ll most likely be seeing crab pot floats (which we have to steer around) and fish pound nets in our sleep for a few days after we get home to Willieburg. Nor will I try any of Chef Tony’s famous crabcakes for a few weeks, since I’m growing claws.
Sailing is definitely not the Ritz, but it's a lifestyle that opens up more horizons than you can imagine. Now, however, I'm looking forward to AC, electricity that does not depend on batteries, and non-marine toilets that really flush.

Our kitchen is bigger than our entire boat. We just figured out that we've been living in approximately 150 square feet.

As we sail more and more of the Bay, I wonder just how much of its shorelines have been reinforced aginst erosion. Of the 9000 miles of shores, I'd suspect that at least 1000 miles of it are hardscape--and 500 miles of that riprapped. As the sea rise in our area, invest in a riprap company. They'll always have work.

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