Sunday, November 10, 2013
The Captain left 5 days ago to crew with our neighbors to Bahamas. I have every confidence in them, but still find myself "busying" the kids and I so as not to notice that we miss him. A visit to see the cousins, bike rides, parks, shopping, cleaning, scrapbooking, errands...yep, we miss him!
Sunday, November 3, 2013
We hit up Downrigging Weekend in Chestertown, Maryland for the second year in a row. And while this year we didn't have the excitement of Superstorm Sandy preps to contend with, we still had a blast! Of course, I love any festival where the street food consists of pulled pork, oysters, and sangria--great fuel for walking the docks! This year we got underway on the 1901 skipjack, "Elsworth," for an afternoon sail. Kudos to Captain Billie for keeping his cool as we grounded pretty firmly at very low tide as we left the dock. Once we were free we had a great sail down the Chester River.
The weather went downhill near the end of our sail, with showers moving in. We hit up a little bistro in town for dinner before dropping Frank off for his educational experience, "Rum Through the Ages," where he got to sample many fine tots of rum! The kids and I walked, drank sangria and hot chocolate, and took in the lovely sunset views.
It rained, it was cold, but we enjoyed the fireworks from right down on the docks. We had a great night relaxing and are now enjoying just a little more fun before we head out!
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Finishing off this weekend was crazy! It started all calm with coffee and a beautiful sunrise. I love anchoring in Harness Creek!
We had a great sail back, though I'm a little sad that it's the last sail we'll do with the Halloween decor this year.
We were home long enough to spray off the boat and chat with neighbors before we hit the road for a 3-hr round trip that would get us a Nettle Net! We've been thinking about getting one and found a great deal on Craig's List for a gently used one. At least it was a nice day to take a drive through the farmlands! Next summer swimming off the boat is going to be so much nicer without worrying about jellyfish.
We returned to find very low water at the marina, so low the boat was touching bottom at the slip. The kids and I had some fun with this and hiked WAY out off the beach!
As if today wasn't already busy enough, we cleaned out our pumpkins so they are ready to carve tomorrow. Kids are in bed, seeds are roasted, and the house is reasonably clear of pumpkin guts! Up next weekend--Downrigging in Chestertown!!!
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Such a great autumn day on and around the water! Honey's Harvest breakfast, bald eagle, gentle sailing, spiders and ghouls, intense sailing, rowing, a peaceful walk through Quiet Waters Park, geocaching, playground antics, deer, feeding gulls, bird watching, Star Wars, popcorn, snuggles. Perfect!
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Saturday, October 12, 2013
We took advantage of the government shutdown and a day off to hit up the boat show on a rainy Friday. Despite the weather we had a great day, scoring good deals on the gear Frank needs to crew on a boat later this fall and blocks we've been wanting, and getting to hop on some dream boats. And of course we got Painkillers!
Sunday, October 6, 2013
80 degrees? In October??? Though there was no wind Saturday we headed out for San Domingo Creek, our favorite way to get to St. Michaels, for a great day of family fun. Dinghy ride, fun at the local playground, ice cream at Jo Jo's, and even swimming! We swam until sunset, enjoyed grilled steaks, and had a Star Wars movie night. Talk about perfect!
Sunday, September 29, 2013
This weekend was full of excitement! We kicked it off Friday night at Honey's Harvest's Biergarten--great food and drinks, good times with our neighbors, and well-behaved kiddos (thanks to Netflix!).
Saturday morning (after a touch too much pumpkin pie liquor, I might add), we were awoken by the bilge pump running continuously. And salt water in the bilge. Uh oh. A quick trace of all through-hulls revealed no major issues and finally a leaky intake to the forward a/c unit. Frank had been wanting to replace the bleed valve anyway, so it became a project day! All was fixed in short order and we were able to enjoy the beach bonfire. I really enjoyed it with my new wine baggy!
After striking out at a used paddle board sale, we shopped Annapolis for a few more Halloween decorations and headed home to deck out the boat. Love it! Can't wait to get underway!
Monday, September 23, 2013
While the guys from Offshore Pix were hanging out at our marina and around the bay this summer, it seems they got some great shots of the boat underway! We saw them flying around one day and wondered if they were taking random shots of the boats. Frank checked their website a few weeks later and here we are! http://offshorepix.smugmug.com/OntheWater/Lehe-Paine/i-JxpLVMP
We may just have to order one!
We may just have to order one!
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Winds were perfect for a trip to Cambridge for their end-of-summer BBQ Street Party! Just like last year, we were right in it with a bunch of racers heading to Oxford, and we anchored right in the inner harbor by Snapper's again. We were bummed to find that the German baker wasn't back, but we did enjoy a nice dinner at Jimmie and Sooks and had a few drinks while checking out the shops along the street. It was a great weekend for sailing!
Monday, September 9, 2013
Before I get to just what that title means, I have to mention the antics of Friday night. In anticipation of a rocket launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility at 11:27pm (for the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE)), the dock crew imbibed rum and "rocket fuel" and amazingly all made it to the launch (though the kids and I snuck in a 2-hr nap before it). It was pretty cool to see it on such a clear night!
While at the party, one of our neighbors told Frank about "Shawapalooza," an afloat concert put on by the Eastport Oyster Boys out on Shaw Bay every year. It sounded fun so we changed plans! Light winds Saturday morning gave us a chance to use the spinnaker again (success!) and the weather for the concert was perfect for this fun show. Lessons learned for next year--bring Natty Boh to pay the band, bring snacks to pass, and bring more booze to the dinghy raft-up!
Monday, September 2, 2013
The rest of the long weekend was quite enjoyable! We parked ourselves at the pool for most of Sunday, and took a little sail to celebrate my birthday (and get more practice at the helm!) Monday. The best gift a girl could ask for is time with the people she cares about most, and I got it!
Saturday, August 31, 2013
This long weekend we are trying something different--hanging out at the marina! It's hot, chance of t-storms, lots of fun folks around, and let's face it--day sails are fun, too! After the fog of last night's party wore off, we got underway. I am trying to get more comfortable/proficient so I took the helm for much longer than I usually do. Our neighbors were out on their boat, "Nirvana", too and we all scored great photos of the boats under full sail.
It was a great couple of hours out on the water. The wind was so steady that we even got a little chance to relax!
When we got back we tossed the 'ole pigskin around on the beach (football season starts this week!!) before enjoying a wonderful cookout with our neighbors. I really enjoy this fun group of folks, it's like a crazy family reunion sometimes! And finally we made it to the beach for the movie "Epic." I think I forgot just how nice it is to enjoy a movie while sitting under the stars...
Friday, August 30, 2013
This week we sent the kids to school. The 2nd Mate headed back for second grade, while Swab finally got to start kindergarten. They were both so excited and had a great time. But this means summer is nearly over--booooo!!!!! Good thing the marina is hosting a big Caribbean-themed party tonight!