Seeing some Chesapeake
06/27/2008, Oxford, MD
June 24th...Herrington Harbour to Oxford, MD
Kathy and I were up early and off to the laundry to get a couple of loads washed before we left the dock. It took a few last minute trips back a forth to the car but eventually we were ready to head out. It took all of us to back the boat out of the slip and get it headed the right direction but our plan worked to perfection and we were on way. Once out of the channel and around a shallow point off Deale we hoisted sails and had a nice down wind sail in about 15 knots across the bay.
Our goal for the day was St. Michael's but we ended up changing our minds and sailing to Oxford, leaving St. Michael's for tomorrow. We ran the engine for an hour in the Choptank to charge the batteries, but with that exception sailed the entire route.
We had a nice walk around town in the afternoon and ended up "Schooners" on Town Creek for beers and snacks before heading back to think about pounding conch, which had been in our freezer since Manjack Cay.
In order to serve cracked conch it needs to be pounded to break down the fibers that make it so chewy. I made a dipping sauce, tossed the conch in some flour, salt and paprika before sautéing for a couple of minutes. Kathy make a salad and we cooked some broccoli to round out a really good meal.
The evening was spent going through our mail, listening to music and finally some video before turning in for the night.
06/27/2008, Herrington Harbour North Marina
June 23... West River, MD to North Herrington Harbor...Deale, MD
With unsettled weather and thunderstorms forecast for the afternoon we left our anchorage around 7:30 on our way to North Herrington Harbour. The trip was only about 15 miles and turned out to be uneventful. North Herrington is Jim and Nancy's home base and it seemed like a good place to meet Davey and Debbie who were expected in the afternoon. Although the place is huge, we had no difficulty finding and getting into our slip-it might have been because Jim and Nancy were standing on the dock waving.
We had shocked our water tank in the morning so one of the first tasks was to empty the tank and get it refilled. Jim and Nancy gave us the walking tour of the place and then we went to work moving things around, vacuuming, and getting ready for company who arrived around noon. We needed to find a Best Buy to see if our radio could be fixed so Jim led us into Annapolis where we left it. After a couple of stops on the way back. We wasted the rest of the afternoon on the boat before walking down to a restaurant for some dinner.
More boat work
06/27/2008, Galesville, MD
June 22nd... Galesville MD
As quickly as this anchorage filled up yesterday it emptied today. By evening there were three of us left. We spent the day cleaning, polishing, and reading. For breakfast today... maybe brunch, I whipped up a Greek omelet with feta, good olives and mild pepper rings.