Surprise company at Jack & Debbie's
10/12/2008, Prime Hook Beach, DE
October 5th... Annapolis, MD
I went for a walk on the beach this morning. It was low tide and pleasant walking on the hard backed sand. There wasn't much to see except hermit crab shells of all sizes, some whelk shells mostly broken and the occasional string of whelk egg casings.
On the way back, I walked to the top of the dune and startled a doe sleeping about 50 yards away from the house.
We had coffee and a bagel before Jack and I drove to Milford to get a belated foot x-ray. The film showed no breaks or cracks so my heel problem (which has been improving steadily) is a matter of mostly soft tissue.
We took our time on the return trip taking back roads through the fields and marshes of costal Delaware. At Fowler beach there was a large bull dozer replacing the dune that had washed away with the nor-easter last week inundating the marsh with salt water.
Debbie fixed a great lunch ...turkey tacos and a salad which we will attempt to reproduce as some point in the near future. Jack has about every football option available so we spent the afternoon watching the pro games.
At about 4 we said good bye to our dear friends and headed back across Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland to the Bay Bridge and Annapolis. We drove downtown and I took the water-taxi to the boat while Kathy drove to a street near our mooring. I met her there with the dinghy and after two trips had the car unloaded.
We skipped supper .... (after a visit to the Dilts home... meals are unnecessary for a few days) Had a nice chat with our new neighbors, whom we've met previously on our travels.... and watched a movie before hitting the hay.
For those of you who may be interested...we had a net loss of 28 amp hours after being away from the boat for 60 hours. The skies were partly cloudy. In mostly sunny conditions, I think that the solar panels can keep up with refrigeration.
October 4, 2008 Prime Hook Beach, DE
Our morning was spent shopping in Lewes and Rehoboth. We filled a propane tank, found filters for our water system as well as an in-line filter for out water filling hose. At the cheese store we picked up a pound of parmesan that should last most of the fall.
We looked all morning for a jerry can that we can use to haul water but failed
Back at Jack and Debbie's we spent the early afternoon watching the Spartans play Iowa and then worked in the shop making a new step to get us from our dinghy to our boat.
We drove to Milford to visit a new Mexican Grocery that Debbie had heard about and while there stopped at the Hardware and found a jerry can that we hope is the right size for the cover.
Deer on the beach
10/05/2008, Prime Hook Beach, DE
October 3rd... Primehook Beach, DE
10/05/2008, Annapolis, MD
I took suitcases, laundry and a propane tank to the car about 8:30 and returned to the boat for a few minutes before Doug came over to ferry us to shore. When we return we'll hitch a ride or take the water taxi back. We crossed the Bay Bridge and headed for Milford where I was going to have some lab work done at the hospital. After seeing most of the town....and not finding the hospital, we stopped at Walmart for a few things on our list of reprovisioning items. The greeter there was kind enough to direct us to the hospital
The folks at Milford memorial were very pleasant. I had an order for blood work written on a prescription form from my doctor in Michigan but it didn't faze them. We were in and out in about 15 minutes.
We were early so we continued south form Milford to finish a little more shopping before returning back to Jack and Debbie's place. Kathy had two loads of laundry almost done before Debbie got home form work and then we were off to the wine tasting at Bernie's... It is held at a wine shop down the road a few miles from Primehook Beach where we were staying. He had five wines to try and some very good snacks as well.
We returned to the Dilts' and in a while Jack come home from work with pizza for dinner. Kris stopped by and ate with us as well. We had a wonderful evening as always.
September 30th Annapolis, MD
After wasting the prerequisite amount of time in the morning I began my day by emptying our lazerette. It is where we keep...stuff... cleaning supplies, fiberglass supplies, oil, engine stuff, paint, Cetol, power tools, clamps life jackets, spare fuel line, a few spare parts....etc.
Anyway it was a mess and needed attention before we begin another trip south. By using the qualifier that if we hadn't used it in a year it was gone, I was able to get rid of one garbage bag of items that would have been a gold mine for any worthwhile dumpster diver.
With that task finished I headed for Ego Alley for a load of water, dropping off our trash on the way. I can haul about 25 gallons in a trip and guessed that 50 gallons would just about top off our tanks. It took me into the afternoon to make the two trips and off load the water. Kathy was busy working on the stainless. The aft section of the boat wasn't too bad but the forward areas were beginning to show a little rust. We probably got just enough salt spray in the front to start the process. (note to Randy...Colonite Metal Polish works best for us ..we also use Wink in some spots)
By the time we were done there were a couple of hours to read before dinner...