Besides the low cost here in Deltaville there is a beautiful swimming pool. A saving grace because we got here and these waters have been invaded with jellyfish too. We always see them in Hampton but never here. I am not so fond of swimming with jellyfish especially when I can't really swim yet. Slow moving in a life jacket. But in the sweltering heat this week we closed up the boat, had it hauled out and got the van ready to go all this while taking alot of dips in the pool.
Having the van with us was a convenience of sorts but when we returned from Bermuda we were facing more time apart as some how we needed to get the van down to Deltaville with the boat. Not looking forward to Doug sailing and me driving we fell into an opportunity to have a fellow sailor drive it to Hampton and friends in Hampton drive it to Deltaville. What a blessing. This all made it possible for Doug and I to sail together. Some times there are nice surprises.
Oh I wish I had a picture. Found one on the internet though. Today we watched a crab swim around our boat. Never have I seen a crab swim. He used just two of his claws like fins swimming with his body vertical. It was unbelievable how fast he could go. Actually I wish I had a taken a video!
One more day. We have one more sail up the Chesopeake Bay before we store the boat to do land lubber life until October. We are on our way to the very small town of Deltaville in the middle of ????? no where kind of. There is a very inexpensive little marina run by some great people. We are looking forward to swimming off the boat (in Hampton the river was pretty dirty and full of jellyfish).
Hampton, Virginia is a meeting ground for cruisers. There is a large marina there called Bluewater where alot of sailors stage for take off to and from the Caribbean each year. Some people end up parking there for the summer during hurricane season when you don't want to be in the Caribbean. We also have long time friends of Doug's we always drop in on. When our original plan was to sail to the Caribbean and keep going we never dreamed we would end up in Hampton so many times. So here we are again, and very up for spending time with friends, sleeping in and making new plans.
Two days and two nights of a downwind slide. How perfect was that. 20 kt winds blew us all the way down in record time. The waves were big at times but still felt safe for me to move from the cockpit to the bunk. It was unbelievably good for my soul and my mind. It's not often I am totally satisfied just staring out at the water for hours on end but that seemed to be just what the Dr ordered. The need to do a long distance sail that I missed from Bermuda felt satisfied too. Life is good