Just stopped to sleep
10/30/2007, Godfrey Bay, VA
We left this morning about 8am and motored directly into a good south wind all day long..... It was long day. In the afternoon we ended up tacking into the waves to avoid pounding ourselves to death. We anchored in the Piankatank River directly across from Deltaville in Godfrey Bay. The normal anchorage here is Fisherman's Bay on the north side of the river but with south winds 15 to 20 knots forecast for tonight, we opted for the southern shore. It was a motoring-not-much-to-say-about day.
10/30/2007, Solomon's Island, MD
Sunday... Solomon's is a very nice area. There is a dinghy dock at the Holiday Inn close to where we're anchored so we putted over with the old Nissan 2.5 and checked things out at about 10am. There was a very nice "gourmet grocery" about a block away in a strip mall that also has a laundry and a sea food store. We took a right and walked about a mile to the real mall where we made a few purchases at the Red Lion and Boater's World. Then it was back to the boat for lunch. Kathy thought is was a shame to be this close to a laundromat without taking advantage of it.. so we loaded up all our dirty clothes and went back to shore. I left her there and returned to bed the spindles of the taff rail...with the promise to return to help her carry everything back. I was 10 minutes ahead of the appointed time and met her walking back with about 60 pounds of clean cloths.
Later... we took the dinghy to try to find our fiends Lenny and Ceil. We explored the Back Creek and found their boat but they were our with some friends.
We had a wonderful dinner of sea scallops sautéed in butter with bacon and garlic ... and salad of cucumber and onion slices in sour cream with fresh dill.
Ps... Matt Tree and Duke... Although the eye patch thing is a good low light hedge, people today who worry about such things use red lighting at night. We unfortunately are not equipped with red lights yet, so eye patches may be in our future... however, we are proud to report that all our interior lights are LED's.
Mike -Another beautiful day
10/20/2007, Solomon's Island, MD
On the road again...We were up early and made the 7:30 bridge opening on Spa Creek. Although small craft warnings were in effect, with the winds out of the west waves shouldn't have room to build much on our side of the Bay. There were a few stubborn clouds in the east that kept the sun off us most of the morning as we motored south. Actually the motor was off and on. When our boat speed got below 2 knots it was on. Then at around noon or so the forecasted breeze began to fill in behind the front. The second half of the trip was a wonderful sail in 15 to 20 knots at or just below hull speed.
We ran the engine enough to get a real good charge on our battery bank and I bled the hot water heater (the hoses from the engine had some air) so that we can make hot water again while under power.
We arrived at Solomon's Island at about 3:30 and found a place to anchor for the night. Although we haven't been to shore yet, it is an interesting place. From the Bay proper we enter the Patuxent river for about three miles and then head north into a smaller bay. From the smaller bay there are four creeks, all of which are wall to wall marinas, docks, and boatyards for at least a mile. We were told by friends where to anchor if we needed provisions and so here we are just up stream from the Holliday Inn. There are probably in the neighborhood of 50 boats anchored in this area tonight. Some friends from Spa Creek radioed us this morning and the are close by.... We'll try to find them in the morning for info on the town.
The weather looks good for the next few days so we're going to spend tomorrow washing a few cloths and hiking to a grocery store that is 1.5 miles away for a few things...onions and Mayo come to mind. We're low on beer as well.
It was really nice to be on the water again... especially since we had a perfect sail this afternoon.
The Thomas Point Shoal Light in the picture is "a unique, red-orange-roofed hexagonal lighthouse that guards the long shoal extending off the northern shore of the South River. It is the only cottage-style lighthouse on the Bay that remains in its original location."