07/03/2010, Gloucester, VA
Well we are still here at home in Gloucester. Maxwell left on Thursday morning for his offshore trip to Nova Scotia. I have been receiving position updates at noon each day. Today at noon they were located at:Latitude:38.59347
Longitude:-72.14872. I am sure he is having a great time and learning a lot!
While he is away, I am preparing our house for new renters. We hope to have it occupied by the end of the month. And then...Anastasia goes to the spa.
More to follow! Happy 4th to all!
Smile For The Camera!
06/24/2010, Gloucester, VA
I just updated our SmugMug page with photos since Beaufort, NC. There are two new galleries: Williamsburg & Yorktown with Virage & Beaufort, NC --> Home. Please enjoy!!
Stompin' On The Old Stompin' Grounds
06/19/2010, Deltaville, VA
We had a blast in Maryland working at the Food and Wine Festival! We worked like two crazy animals for seven days, sweating like pigs, but nonetheless had a blast and made great friends. I highly recommend next year's show to anyone who likes eating, drinking or just plain fun.
As for the here and now for us, we are anchored in the familiar harbor of Jackson Creek in Deltaville, VA. Yes, this is right next to the marina we called home for six months last Summer but this stay will be much, much shorter. We need to get Anastasia back to Yorktown for a few weeks and then onto Mobjack Bay Marina where she will spend a few months on the hard. She needs a flurry of things this Summer so she will be prepped and ready to go on the next adventure.
Over the next weeks we are re-renting our house, preparing Maxwell for his offshore trip to Nova Scotia and other odd jobs. It seems that the Summer will fly by because the calendar is chock-a-block with have-to-dos but we promise to take it slow and enjoy our time at home.
I will do my best to keep all of you posted on our progress. This is the point where things can get boring...no beautiful beaches or bountiful catches to write of, only leaps and bounds against cracking varnish. So if you stay tuned, I will write!
North of Home
06/08/2010, Potomac River, National Harbor, MD
So I eluded to a mini-trip in our future. Well the future is here and we are docked at the National Harbor Marina in the Maryland/DC area. We left Yorktown on Friday and traveled up the Potomac for the first time. Along the way we stopped in Stafford, VA to visit with our friends Joe & Natalie and their little girl, Rebecca. We had a wonderful afternoon in their company. It was great to see them!
All I have to say about the Potomac is that it is absolutely gorgeous. Big stately homes line the high shorelines making such a delightful presence. We really enjoyed the views.
So why are we here? Check out this site: Food & Wine Festival Pretty cool, huh? Now, we are not patrons but helpers with the show. It should be a great time none the less! We have been given a slip at the marina for a few days so we can explore the area and live the life of luxury amongst all of the big big power boats! We are good at hob-nobbing!
So this is where we are and what we are doing this week. After this, we will make our way back South and prepare for a Summer full of Anastasia pampering. She is SO excited about the spa/marina where she will be buffed and shined, waxed and varnished! The to-do lists began months ago.
Maxwell is gearing up for a crewing job that leaves July 1st from Deltaville bound for Nova Scotia. How exciting! After about 7 days offshore I will meet him in Halifax for a few days of exploration.
With what we have planned so far this summer, where we are right now is about as far North as we will get this season. But Maine is not going anywhere! We will get there eventually and I am so excited about what is in between!
A Day In Williamsburg With "Old" Friends
06/07/2010, Williamsburg, VA
We met up again with Virage, our friends we met in Clarence Town, Long Island. It has been about a month since we had seen them last so we invited them to meet us at our friends Dan & Kelly's dock. They arrived on Wednesday and we had a great few days together. On Thursday we took them to Colonial Williamsburg, a promise we made in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, so we were happy to deliver on that promise.
I think they enjoyed Dan & Kelly's dock quite a bit! The kids loved fishing and crabbing, I think they would have done it 12 hours a day!
Friday we left Yorktown together and sailed to Deltaville. It was the first time we had traveled together. On Saturday we said our goodbyes as our paths take us in different directions. They are headed home to Quebec. They hope to make it there in the next two weeks. We wish them safe travel and fair winds!
Oriental, NC --> Home
05/31/2010, Gloucester, VA
If you read "Modern Day Mayberry," you know of our affection for Oriental, NC. We stayed there for more than a week, unintentionally. In our opinion, it was such a great place, so why move on? But we did. We hauled our muddy anchor on a Thursday and made our way 20 miles in the opposite direction of home to New Bern, NC. There was virtually no wind at all that day but we sailed anyway. It was the first time we had sailed since being offshore.
The best part of the day was slowly passing Cherry Point Air Station where the Blue Angels were practicing for the upcoming weekend's air show. I was just delighted by our private performance. We got our blue and yellow spinnaker up just in time to show our support!
Our anchorage that night was quiet and comfortable. The wind took the night and the next morning off leaving us with a thin layer of bugs that proved to be with us for days! We are still cleaning the tiny specks of bug pooh dotting the decks.
Friday morning we hopped into the dinghy with the new super-charged outboard and visited the two marinas close by. We are still on the lookout for a good deal on a used RIB dinghy so we checked out their for-sale bulletin boards. No luck. Still looking.
Saturday was the day of the Air Show and also the day that our friends Ben & Emily were arriving. We were SO excited to see our buds after over 6 months away. Ben took a trip up the mast to see the sights of New Bern. You really get a different perspective from 56' above the waterline.
We had a wonderful weekend together and sore tummys when they left from all of the laughing that went on. Those two are something else!
By Monday morning it was time to once again pull the anchor, and move on. This time we had a small goal on the calendar. Thursday would be my birthday and if we really pushed hard, we could make it home in time to celebrate with our families over dinner. What a gift! So push hard is what we did. Long days in not-so-nice weather is what we endured so that we could make it home in time. I think one day we logged over 85 miles. For us that is a haul!
On Thursday we hit up a great pizza joint and shared a great time with our family celebrating so much more than just a birthday!
We are happy to be back in our old stomping grounds but it will not last long. There is a mini-trip on the horizon...