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Who: Wayne & Pat
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Hmmmm no eggs - I know I bought some...
Sunny, cool 68-70, very nice.
10/07/2008, Annapolis, MD

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

It got cold out last night and when I got up this morning, I turned on the heat (oh no!). Then put together Aunt Joyce's fruit salad and made cinnamon rolls. Jo and Greg joined us for breakfast and we sat and chatted about everything. We're both nubies and they noticed Raksha here (and we told them about the boat incident yesterday). They were at Catskill with Raksha before we got there. So they were mast number 1, then Raksha, then us LOL. Honk, onk, onk... We've become part of the great migration south. They left right before we got there.

We all decided that today was grocery day and after they'd left, Jo called us back to let us know which bus to catch to go to the grocery store (the Free Navy Bus YAY). We ran into them in the grocery store and Greg looked a little worried at the amount he'd have to carry back to the boat. Hope they made it back okay. I know our load was heavy, and the further you walk, the heavier it gets. I was looking forward to eggs and sausage tomorrow, then we got back, I noticed we had no eggs (I know we had some in the cart), so no eggs for breakfast tomorrow L.

We barbequed some chicken, and had broccoli & cheese and Hawaiian rolls with wine for dinner. There's a chill to the air again. Must be that October weather trying to set in. But we are pointed south - in V formation - honk, onk, onk, ooonk...

I noticed that the finger piers and floating platforms are going up at breakneck speed in the harbor. It's all being fenced off and set up for Thursday - opening day of the Sailboat show. Time to start thinking about solar panels, wind generators and davits for the dink.

Honk, honk, ooooonk....

New boat - X-34 Makes a big "Hit" in its US debut
Sunny, 70’s, Very nice
10/06/2008, Annapolis, MD

Guests (ducks) for breakfast (no I didn't feed them)

After coffee we noticed a dingy heading towards us and I thought "man that looks like Mike and Kathy" LOL - it was. They're back and invited us over for a beer at 4:00pm. After they headed off to town, we headed over to where we were originally anchored to chat with Simpatico and Dove - we wanted to let them know we weren't deserting them - just moved to a mooring; and invited Jo & Greg over for cinnamon rolls and fruit salad tomorrow morning. The Harbor Master called us and left a message wanting to know what our intentions were - that we were supposed to be checked out today! What?!?! We paid for a week... We called back and got that straightened out (thank god for receipts!) then it was into town do catch up on our laundry.

We got a little turned around with our directions at Church Circle and State Circle but saw the post office and stopped in to see if they had any mail for us yet (they didn't). I thought that the Post Master might know where the Laundromat was and while she was giving me directions another customer said he'd show us - he lives above it. So we got a mini-tour of the state capital grounds, legislator, and a few other historic buildings along the way. Once we got there I noticed a couple inside the Laundromat that were in the post office too. They're also in our anchorage on the sailboat Jockslodge (Iain and Jan). They hail from Canada and we sat and talked about politics and where to go and where to avoid while doing laundry. They're probably heading Cuba way but gave us tips on where to go (St. Mary's for Thanksgiving - I guess it is a huge thing with cruisers - They supply the turkey and everyone contributes a dish). Very likable people. After laundry we got back to the boat and while I was making a chicken spread to go over to Sapphire, Jim from the Sailboat Timeless yells to Wayne "did you see that?" "A sailboat ran into Raksha and then just skiddaddled through the bridge while it was opened and didn't bother to check to see if it was alright or not". The sailcover on the boat read X-34. Jim got in his dingy and just as he was untying, Iain and Jan came by in their dingy so I asked them if they'd check Raksha since we knew that Pierre and Françoise weren't aboard. There was damage. We hailed the harbormaster and told him what had happened and he went and chased the X-34 down on the other side of the bridge and brought him back. They notified the DNR, and took down all the guy's vital statistics for Raksha. The guy is a captain transporting the boat to the boat show and didn't think anything of it - just wanted to make the bridge before it came back down or some nonsense. Makes me wonder about these guys that transport boats! That was just wrong, and rude... After that we headed over to Sapphire. What a pretty boat. We had a nice time chatting with Mike and Kathy & they were quite informative too. It sounds like they've got a full schedule. Madcap's coming to stay with them for the boat show (another Bayfield 36) and I think there are a couple more B-40s here too. At 6:30 we needed to skidaddle back to the boat (no light on the dingy) and saw Pierre at Raksha and stopped and explained what had happened, and to let him know that he should talk to Jim, then zipped back to the boat for the night. I spent the rest of the evening trying to sort out what was wrong with my Sierra Compass - it wouldn't connect to the broadband - only to a very low wireless signal. I guess an automatic update screwed something up in the software so I spent over an hour trying to figure out what the heck was going on. My own broadband locked me out! Reckin frecking smecher!

Annapolis and settled in for a week
10/05/2008, Annapolis MD

Picture of our Dingy playing nicely with the other dingies at the dingy dock.

Slept in a little later today, I just couldn't get my butt out of bed to make coffee until the sun was up (after 7:00am). Sat and enjoyed the quiet morning and pretty houses here then started getting the dingy ready to scout into town. Greg from Simpatico dingied over to say hi at the same time as Larry from the Dove dingied over too. It was nice seeing Larry again - when last we met they were heading for Scotland but they're back and have been here since Thursday. They were anchored behind the powerboat last night so we didn't see them when we came in (IP 32). I guess there was a cruiser's potluck over at the park at 3:30. We were going to go but unfortunately didn't get back in time. After chatting with Dove and Simpatico we got into the dingy and noticed that there were available moorings - not just the private ones - so we high tailed it back to the boat after calling the Harbor Master and getting the go ahead from Linda to take a mooring -she told us to just bring in our documentation after we're attached. We also located Sapphire on a mooring. It was funny because Larry said they saw a Bayfield (same color as ours) on a mooring. They said it had to be our sister ship. They spotted it and went over to investigate, thinking it was us, but it wasn't. We went over expecting to see another Bayfield 36 and low and behold it was Sapphire - a B40. They're in Delaware until tomorrow I think. So one of our big sister ships is here - big and beautiful in the same anchorage. Mike and Kathy are from Michigan too. They're the couple that left last year when we were going too. It'll be nice to chat with them. We met them at the Chicago Boat show a few years ago and have been following their progress ever since. They also are part of the Bayfield group and the SSCA. We have similar affiliations.

After we visited the Harbor Master's office we went to a recommended pub ACME (beep beep) and grabbed a sandwich and Yunglings and dingied back and met another fellow Michigander/now Floridian on Maria (Ray). He's a live aboard that's working the show this year - setting up and tearing down. I guess cruisers come early to work the show as a way of making extra cash every year (a good point to stow away in my brain somewhere for future reference?). He was telling us about St. Mary's Georgia - a must stop by for Thanksgiving (bring a dish to pass), the skinny parts of Georgia and the Dismal Swamp. Sunset is beckoning me now...

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