Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Visit from the Tillmans


We had a great sail from Solomons to Mill Creek, expecting winds of 30 knots but seeing them only when we turned into the Great Wicomico. Tieing up to our dock, we noticed that the protection given by the land resulted in only 5 knots of wind. Mill Creek is a great haven.

We had arranged to meet up with Vickie and Len who had a meeting scheduled with their builder on Monday, so we enjoyed the weekend sampling the new restaurants in town (Car Wash Cafe and White Stone Wine and Cheese), you will need a car for these. Good food, but the White Stone joint actually served a salad sized fit for a beetle. Vickie and I hiked Hughlett Point Reserve while Peter and Len wasted money playing golf.
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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Calvert Maritime Museum and High-Fiving the Dudes

On Sunday we had a repeat visit to the Museum, which Willow had been very excited about. Since I had missed the last session, I got to see Willow and the various exhibits: the rays, the sailing skiff, the child-sized light house. We all toured the former Drum Point lighthouse, where families with as many as five children had lived during the light house keeper's tour.

Willow's favorite was and continues to be the sea otter exhibit, where Bubble and Squeak perform their antics to the delight of our Little Miss. We overheard her calling out to the otters, "heh Dudes" and after several passes, realized she was giving them High Fives.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Bowles Farm and Fun for All

We were very disappointed that the Calvert Maritime Museum was closed on Saturday, but we found an even better event: the Bowles Farm Corn Maize and Pumpkin Patch, complete with a petting zoo, corn box (like a sand box, but with corn), a tractor pull (yihah), and a wonderful barrel-train ride.

Every year the farm changes the maize design, this year it was fashioned after a local lighthouse, complete with sailboat. We all had a great time following Dave through the maize. Fortunately the apple does not fall far from the tree, and Dave has a built in compass.

Although Peter wanted me to erase this picture, I love it. Peter is calling to the goats to come see Willow. It did not work.

The Gil side of our Little Miss Gil-Forgosh is the one with talent. Check out Willow closely studying her pumpkin painting project.
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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Willow's Third Birthday


Featured is the little Miss at her birthday dinner at Vincenzo's. Meal just OK.

Lisa, Dave and Willow drove to meet us here at Solomon's for a third birthday bash, and the chance to say goodbye before we head South. We had booked them a room at the Holiday Inn Express, and Peter and I had been collecting birthday decorations for over two months. I don't know which of us had more fun, although Willow was very preoccupied with the glitter stars.

This visit Willow had actually asked to go for a sail, but unfortunately the winds were too steep for any of us to feel comfortable.

Willow's birthday wish was for a "little princess" and we could not think of exactly what that meant, and Willow could not elaborate. So, Peter and I went nuts buying anything remotely royal: princess dresses (count them, two), Disney princess DVD, wands, tiaras, feather boas, and assorted princess accessories, including pretty white high heeled shoes. Our little princess could have cared less! But, the shoes were a hit, and provided another learning opportunity.

I was not the only one having as much (if not more) fun than Willow.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Totally Excellent Adventure with Rob and Christine


The crew of Celebrian joined us aboard First Edition for the boat show and a few days of cruising. We had incredible weather, great Indian Summer sailing in the Chesapeake. As usual, the boat show temp exceeded 80 degrees. We ran into many old/new friends and Celebrian will be getting a new chartplotter!

I feel compelled to mention that I broke the tiller off of the outboard motor while undocking at the Maryland Yacht Club. There, I got that over with. Luckily, Boat Tech, located nearby, picked up the motor and delivered it, repaired, in one day at a reasonable charge. (We got their name from the engine folks that MYC recommended.).

We met up with Vickie and Len at Aberdeen Creek on the South River and then cruised with them to the Wye. Rob caught his first crab, dubbed Felix, to be joined later by Oscar and Little One. We parted with Phase II and then sailed over to the Rhodes (deciding we did not have enough time to get to
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the Chester). Once there, we released Felix and friends to live another day.

We said goodbye to Rob and Christine while anchored in Rock Creek (where incidentally our dinghy had been impounded by the Department of Natural Resouces since it had a double registration. We did not sufficiently cover our NJ numbers when we affixed our Florida plaque so they thought it may have been stolen. Anyhow, this was all reversed with a couple of phone calls but did add a bit of spice to our day).

We will see Rob and Christine again in the Bahamas

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Vickie's (ahem) 60th

Sailed back and forth across the Bay to get to the Maryland Yacht Club, where we left First Edition for the evening of the 7th. We rented a car and joined the Tillman family for a crab celebration at Mister Bill's; quite the place. An excellent time was had by all. So happy to be able to share these big birthdays.

It was a great family affair, with Jimmy flying in as a surprise from the West Coast, Kate and Bryan serving up their usual great sense of humor, Tracy and Jenny looking waaaay too fit and happy, and the spirit of Amy, away at U of Ga studying hard. Even Mom made it in from Arkansas.

Back to Annapolis

We anchored out by the Naval Academy while the harbor was in the process of transforming itself into a boat show. On the Saturday before the show, which starts on Thursday, I was surprised how few boats were at anchor. Back Creek actually had some room but no moorings, and ample space was available outside Spa Creek, but it is very open to the elements.

We dinked in to find Jay, Diana and Tinkerbelle on Far Niente, who had snagged a mooring in Back Creek some time ago. That evening, they came aboard First Edition to share a bottle of 1995 Napa Silver Oak and a meal. Nice to reconnect. Here Tink models her pink polka dot life jacket.

Friends on Sojourner are anchored in Weems Creek and hopefully we will see them at the show.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Just Ducky on the Rhodes

We finally got to return to the Rhodes River, located off of the West River. We visited here in 2005, and remembered the solitude fondly. It is a beautiful Fall day, about 70 degrees, little wind, but lots of sunshine. There are two islands that are nearly totally submerged at low tide, so life could be interesting. However, the area is marked with three white and orange buoys, so if you pay attention, there would be ample anchoring opportunities.

SV Jule III at Mill Creek, Solomons

While cruising, if you ever get lonely, we suggest you anchor too close to someone, and then invite them over for cocktails. Hopefully, your neighbors will not be tea-totalers. Fortunately, Captains Ann and Bob on Jule III, were not.

Ann and Bob are headed back to their home in North Carolina aboard their Swedish designed and German manufactured Laurin 38 Ketch, a real beauty. Here is an early morning shot, as they retrieved a cap left behind the night before.
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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Dinghy Ride on a Rainy Day


It was supposed to be an ugly day today, but we found some time to explore with Goosebumps.
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