Mother Nature at her Finest
05 July 2023
When we anchored in the Bohemian River on Sunday afternoon we were quickly reminded why we enjoy life at anchor so much. Our anchorage was less then a mile off the main channel in a shallow tree lined bay that was home to numerous Osprey and a couple of Bald Eagles. As we enjoyed an adult beverage in the cockpit we were entertained by a couple of Osprey chasing each other low over the water while the bald eagles stood guard in a tall dead tree. As darkness fell the shoreline was dotted with a few campfires as locals were celebrating the holiday weekend.
As mentioned in an earlier post transiting Delaware Bay is a pain and it was crucial to time the tides correctly in order to reach Lewes by day"s end. We were off the hook at 7:30 to ride the last of the flood tide through the C&D canal, after a quick fuel stop we entered Delaware Bay about a 1/2 early. All this meant was we would fight adverse current a little longer than planned but at day's end we would be fine. The 10 knot west wind helped us motor sail at a good speed and after 74 miles we dropped the hook in Lewes at 5:30. All in all a good day, although Bev was starting to feel crumby with a headache and blocked sinuses from the smoke. Our Canadian forest fires have had quite an affect on the air quality even this far south.
As the area prepared for fireworks displays to kick off July 4th celebrations Mother Nature decided to show them who was boss. We had been watching a line of thunderstorms approaching during the early evening hours and made sure we were ready for it. As the first squalls hit and the wind went from 5 knots to gusting 40kts in a matter of 2 minutes I was certainly glad we had run out 125' of chain. This gave us a scope of 8 to 1 in only 12 feet of water. Storm after storm rolled through for the next hour while lightning filled the sky providing an incredible light show, and then just like that it was over. As darkness fell the town of Lewes started their fireworks display but it paled in comparison to what we had just seen.
Our plan was to leave Monday afternoon for the 40 hour run to Cuttyhunk MA, but when we awoke Bev was feeling worse so the captain suggested a Covid test might be in order. Yep, you guessed positive, after having avoided Covid from the beginning it finally jumped up and got Bev. The bad headache has gone now and following another day in bed plus numerous Tylenol she is feeling better this morning. We are debating our next move and may consider moving up the coast today and work our way over to Cuttyhunk in a day or two as she hopefully continues to improve.
In the meantime the anchorage is quiet, there weren't any storms last night but after a spectacular sunset we were treated to another huge fireworks display. I must admit they certainly do celebrate July 4th with a bang, from our vantage point we could see 7 different fireworks from the surrounding towns.
Today's picture is of last night's sunset.