Hunkered Down (again)
15 October 2010 | Spa Creek, Annapolis, Md.
Sunny, Temp 66F, Water temp 67F, Wind WNW@20-25
Estelle anchored in the Magothy River
From Fairlee Creek we headed down the bay, and after a short sail, headed in to the Magothy River. Its not really a river, more of an estuary with half a dozen creeks running off it, all filled with moored boats except one where we found a quiet anchorage with just two other boats. I can only imagine how crowded it must be in a summer weekend! We took the dinghy out to explore a couple of the creeks, and found them to be entirely filled with houses and boats, with no public landing places. So we just enjoyed a quiet noght on the boat.
In the morning, (Wednesday, I think) we headed out and down to Annapolis where we meet Sarah on Saturday. We're here early but have lots to do. We found a beautiful anchorage in Spa Creek, in the center of town. Unlike the Magothy, Annapolis is very accomodating to boaters with dinghy docks at the end of every street. Wednesday afternoon was spent just wandering around the downtown area.
Thursday dawned cloudy and went downhill quickly. By 10 am it was pouring, and it continued until mid-afternoon, giving us time to do some boat chores and clean up in anticipation of Sarah's arrival.
By mid-afternoon we were suffering from cabin fever and decided to don our wet gear and head ashore for a walk. We wandered in a park opposite our anchorage, then through some side streets, seeing nothing in particular, but it felt good to stretch our legs.
Today dawned clear and cool, with the winds picking up and forecast to blow 30 knots, so we're glad to be in such a snug anchorage. And from the forecasts for New York and New Jersey, we're far better off here. First order of the day was to pick up a car, then some more shopping for (more) boat spares, groceries, then the boat show. Its the power boat show, not the sail, so not as interesting, but still worth the trip in.
Tomorrow we pick up Sarah and start down the Chesapeake. But not until we celebrate a big day tomorrow... Jeannie's birthday! I'm sworn to secrecy, but the number does have a zero in it, and no five!!!