Monday, July 21, 2008
Solomons to Annapolis
Air conditioning repaired, hairs cut, and dog shot (uh, rabies type shot) we left Helen Creek and took a short trip up the Patuxent to our former neighborhood, Golden Beach.
We left a phone message for the new owner of our house and tied up at our old dock.
What an experience to wake up in the morning and look out the window at “our” house!
We were greeted by several former neighbors and an impromptu crab feast ensued. Thanks to all of them – especially Larry for catching those crabs. We had trouble remembering why we had ever decided to leave!
The morning we were getting ready to leave, the current owner of our house arrived. He was surprised to see us because he’d been off work and hadn’t gotten the message Joe had left, but assured us that we were welcome to come anytime. He actually suggested we stay longer and go to DC to see the fireworks with them. We declined that invitation as we’d already made plans to see the fireworks in Solomons with Carl, who Joe used to work with, and his wife Carolyn. The rain almost canceled that plan, but things worked out in the end. We were joined by Bill and Patsy on the next short leg of our trip. We moved up the Chesapeake Bay to Flag Harbor where Bill had arranged dockage for a couple days for us.
The marina there is packed with boats, but Carolyn Ann wedged into a slip nicely. Bill took us on a short tour of the area. It is a mix of older weekend cottages and newer, larger homes; all nestled among tall trees and perched on the edges of steep hills. It would be on my list of places to check out if we were to move back to MD. After enjoying the Holland's hospitality for a couple of days, we moved a bit farther up the bay to Lake Ogleton in Annapolis. Joe’s former boss, Bob had generously arranged dockage at his neighborhood marina. We were there for about 3 days. Joe and Bob visited with some of their old work mates. We were also visited by family and friends while there. One night we had dinner at The Yellow Fin just off the route 2 bridge and realized that we could see our next destination from our table! That next destination was Bruce and Joan’s house – known to many Great Harbour owners as B & J Marina. Bruce and Joan are kind enough to extend dockage to those who pass their way – also laundry facilities and a car. In our case, Joe also made good use of Bruce’s extensive talents to take care of some boat issues.
Bruce and Joan's boat's is also 37' - uses the same hull from the rub-rail down, but a totally different style from there up giving them a very spacious interior. Their boat is spotless! Alas, ours is not in comparison.
We used the “marina car” to make a weekend trip to Alexandria, VA (to visit son and daughter-in-law) and southern Maryland (to attend son’s oldest friend’s wedding) and, of course a stop at Costco. Coincidently, we managed to see the Alexandria city fireworks and spend more time with family. Joe was able to take time to visit with an eastern shore farmer friend who he worked for as a guide many years ago. Friday, July 18, we bade Bruce and Joan farewell - thanks again for everything! - and started off up the Chesapeake to the C & D Canal and into the Delaware River for ports north..
Rocky is taking it all in stride.