Osprey in nest
06/09/2010, Deltaville, VA
June 3rd, 2010 East River to Deltaville, VA
Waiting for the high tide at 8 a.m. was the order for the day. It was grey and threatening with a good SE wind of about 15 knots. It took an hour to make our way back out in the Bay at New Point Comfort and by then the wind quit. So we motored north. Just past Wolf Trap Light we got a little breeze again and turned off the engine ... quiet sounded so nice.
We sailed our way on up to Deltaville and arrived around 2 p.m.. After negotiating the channel into Jackson Creek, we pulled in to the fuel dock and tied up. I walked up to the office and Ed tuned on the pumps for us. He was busy, so we fueled on our own, wrote down the damages and returned to pay.
There were too many boats anchored off the marina so we motored over to the west arm of Jackson Creek for the night. We had thought about staying here for a few days but there is a Beneteau Convention here this weekend and it will be crazy. So now we're thinking of moving north.
We lowered our dinghy to go visit some friends in the anchorage and met them on the way to visit us so we had a raft up for awhile and then moved the party to our cockpit. Dave and Nancy always have stories to tell and this year was no different.
Later with a line of thunderstorms on the way, I boiled the last of our Oriental shrimp and Kathy stir-fried some vegetables for dinner.
Good bye to Deep Creek Lock
06/09/2010, Deep Creek, VA to Mobjack Bay
June 2nd, 2010 Deep Creek, to East River, Mobjack Bay
We had coffee with Robert at 8 a.m. with thank-yous and good-byes. Then it was back to cast off lines. By 8:30 the south bound traffic was locked through and Robert drove down to the Bridge a block away to open it for northbound boats. There was one. We followed it into the lock and shortly after 9 we were on our way to Norfolk.
At 9:45 we reached the Gilmerton Bridge and got to wait first for two trains, and then for a bridge inspection. We were there for an hour. By 1p.m. we finally cleared the tunnel at the mouth of Hampton Roads and were in the Bay again.
We headed north not really knowing where we were going. It was calm most of the time, but by 4 there was enough wind to raise a sail and lower the rpms. We ended up in the East River off Mobjack Bay and anchored a couple of miles upstream.
It seemed like a long day but we only went about 4 miles from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. so it's not surprising.
I grilled a pork loin for dinner, which we had with a good helping of broccoli and then did some computer work.
Nice park here for walking.
06/09/2010, Deep Creek, VA
June 1st, 2010 Deep Creek, VA
We were planning on leaving today but after coffee with Robert at the lock decided to stay another day. Two of the three boats here took off this morning so after making a run to town with Robert, we moved Sapphire to the end of the dock where departure will be easier.
I made some phone calls and in no time is was about noon. We walked to a nearby Rite Aid for some purchases and then stopped at the Mexican Restaurant for some lunch. From there we hit the grocery store and then hunted for a mail box to post some letters.
By the time we returned, the afternoon was half gone. I had purchased a new book and got busy reading it. It was over 90 again today, but there is enough of a breeze to make it quite comfortable in the shade.
Kathy has been working at entering recipes that we've collected along the way into here computer and found one that was a chicken / spinach stir-fry that looked good so I whipped it up for supper. Kathy was entertained at the time by some locals fishing off the dock just behind our boat.
We had a nice meal, read until dark and then watched some reruns on t.v. for a while before bed.