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Stephen and Lynel Lemon no longer have an agenda...... There is a time to every purpose
Sassafras River
Stephen
08/01/2012, Miles = 1508

After taking on 341 gallons of diesel, we left Galesville, headed north. The weather remained hot and humid, with only about 5 knots of wind.
In the uppper Chesapeake, the Sassafras River is said to be one of the most beautiful on the bay, which I think is true. We anchored about 6 miles up the river, launched the kayaks, and had a good time exploring the shoreline. Happily the temperature fell to less than 80 at night, and with the breeze we were quite comfortable. The bugs and frogs sang all night.

Atlantic Coast Northbound
Gettysburg
Stephen
07/25/2012

Today we drove to Gettysburg and spent the entire day learning more about this incredible event. We are nearly through Ken Burns Civil War documentary series, a very well done collection that helps put events in sequence.
In three days in July, 1863, over 53,000 men were killed or wounded at Gettysburg. Most of the wounded died slowly from complications, and thousands of bodies were never identified.
We walked through the Gettysburg National Cemetery, where Abraham Lincoln delivered a brief dedication address, probably the most moving speech ever written. Sections of the cemetery have hundreds of small numbered stones to mark where unidentified soldiers were buried.
The history of soldier 517 in Section 14 will never be known...

Atlantic Coast Northbound
Beaver Creek
Stephen
07/17/2012

We took a late flight from Santa Barbara to Denver on 7/13, rented an SUV, and stayed over at the airport Hampton. Kathy, Tyler, and Juliette arrived from Santa Cruz on Saturday, and we drove to Beaver Creek where we settled into Anne-Marie and Grant Castlebergs magnificent condo at Park Plaza. The week was non-stop activity, mostly centered around the grandkids.
Tyler, at age 6, was up for everything: bungee trampoline, minature golf, the ski lift, and white water rafting. Juliette, at 16 months, won the heart of Grandma and Grandpa, and did her best to keep up. Playing in the stream, jumping through the water fountain, swinging at the playground, and stepping in every available puddle kept everyone busy.
On the 21st we drove back to Denver International where Lynel and I left for Baltimore and Kathy heroically got Tyler and Juliette back to Santa Cruz. I've posted some pictures of this adventure in the gallery, particularly for our friends in Longview.
We'll plan to remain in Galesville till the end of July, then move north to New England. Hopefully the weather will be more tolerable as we get further north.

Atlantic Coast Northbound
Santa Barbara
Stephen
07/12/2012

The flight from BWI to Santa Barbara, including a plane change in Phoenix, went remarkably smoothly. The weather in Santa Barbara was a welcome relief from the 110 heat index in Baltimore the day after we left.
The time flew far too quickly as we kept appointments, socialized with friends, enjoyed a spectacular fireworks display at the harbor and generally took a break from cruising. The house was in good shape (thank you Joan) and coming home to our own place was very comfortable. Gratefully the car held up for our time home, including a trip to LA to see my mother. The transmission is about dead, and when we return home this fall, a new car will be the first priority.
A hearfelt "thanks" to all of our friends at home in Santa Barbara

Atlantic Coast Northbound
Galesville
Stephen
06/26/2012, Miles = 1464

We watched the warships leave Baltimore harbor, then checked out of the marina bound for Galesville. Skip had highly recommended the Hartge Marina, so we signed a 5 week contract to leave the boat here while we return home.
Galesville is a cute but very small community which is only about 15-20 minutes from Annapolis. We rented a car and have been able to shop, go to movies, and on Sunday we spent an entire day touring the Antietam battlefield.
Visiting Antietam is an emotional experience. On September 17, 1862, the bloodiest single day of the Civil War happened in the cornfields and woods near a small Maryland town named Sharpsburg. The numbers are almost incomprehensible: nearly 23,000 casualties in a single day. Two thousand two hundred Union men were killed in a 20 minute period in an area called the west woods, and some Confederate units had 60% casualties in an area called the bloody cornfield. It was chilling to stand in the very same places where Matthew Brady's photographs show row upon row of bloated bodies. Half of the Confederate dead remained unidentified and were buried in mass graves. Over the following few years, as remains were encountered by farmers working the land, many of the bodies were reinterred in local graveyards. The battlefield is maintained as a national shrine and appears much the same as it was in 1862.
We attended an antique banjo concert in the Dunker Church on the on the battleground and listened to the very same songs that the soldiers heard the day before the battle.
We will continue boat preparations over the next two days, then leave for Santa Barbara early on the 28th. After 2 weeks at home, we will then spend a week in Colorado with Kathy, Tyler, and Juliette, before returning to Galesville.

Atlantic Coast Northbound
Baltimore
Stephen
06/19/2012, Miles = 1439

We left Mill Creek at 0800, and discovered that we were very lucky to make it into Baltimore Harbor. The Coast Guard closed the inner harbor approach just as we passed through due to the practice safety zone needed over the harbor for the Blue Angels. Had we been 10 minutes later, we would have been anchored in the outer harbor for 6 hours!
As it turns out, this is the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, and the Battle of Baltimore was a critical part of the war. The bombardment of Ft. McHenry resulted in the Star Spangled Banner, and the celebrations of these events are happening now. Through blind luck we were able to get a slip in a marina near all of the festivities.
Thursday afternoon after our arrival we enjoyed the Blue Angels practice, then walked down to the inner harbor to look at some of the tall ships. We had an excellent dinner in Little Italy, then walked back to the boat. Friday we took the water taxi to Ft. McHenry, where seeing the 15 star flag flying over the fort was certainly inspiring.
After returning by water taxi, we visited Davidge Hall at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, a very nostalgic place for me. We walked to the Lexington Market, an open air marketplace that has to be experienced, since describing it just wouldn't do.
Saturday was the Blue Angels show over Baltimore harbor, and our boat slip provided an excellent view. Thousand of people were lining the docks and the waterfront, both for the air show and for the fireworks later that night over the fort. There was a second show on Sunday, and Skip, Linda, and a friend drove up to join us on the boat.
Anne and Grant needed to leave for the airport later Sunday afternoon, so we said goodbye on the docks. We will stay 2 more days to rest and will leave on Tuesday when the warships and tall ships are scheduled to depart

Atlantic Coast Northbound

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