Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fabulous Fall!

With temps nearing 70F and plenty of wind in the forecast, we had to get underway!  We decided to head to a new anchorage in Whithall Bay outside of Annapolis.  After a great start, it got super gusty at the mouth of the Severn and we got to experience our first round-up!  I lost some skin on my hand while trying to ease the mainsheet, but otherwise we did well.  We even saw 8kts through the water under reefed sails!  Woo hoo!  ��

We took the tight entrance to Whitehall Creek very slowly and toured past the marina before turning around and settling on a spot in Ridout Creek for the night.  It was a really great spot that afforded us opportunities for paddling and dinghy rides.

Today brought more adventurous sailing! After a peaceful morning we got underway and got to see our first 25kt gusts again at the mouth of the Severn.  With a scrap of genoa up we managed to make between 5 and 6 kts the whole way back.  The timing put us back home with only a +0.25' tide.  That, combined with the stiff breeze on the beam, led us to decide to drop the hook outside the marina while we wait for the tide to come up a little.  We will get underway shortly, and return home to clean the mud and salt off the boat and carve pumpkins!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Football and Ghoul Sailing

We decided to take advantage of a Living Social deal to take the kids to a Naval Academy football game against the Citadel's arch rival, VMI.  It's been 5 years since they've been to a game!  Since it's also boat show weekend in Annapolis we were really torn on how to get there--put up with the crowds of drivers or the crowds on the water.  I'm so happy we picked the latter!  We got an early start Friday and dropped the hook in Weems Creek just after sunset.  We were right by the dinghy tie-up closest to the stadium!  Rain moved in overnight and through Saturday morning, but it was still great.  Board games, video games, and cooking made for a relaxing start to the day.

After lunch we headed ashore to watch USNA whoop VMI, 51-14.  I think the kids liked it!

Today we enjoyed a nice sail most of the way home.  We love sailing with the Halloween decor up, and even got hailed on CH16 as "Spider Boat" once!  Heading home under power now.  Have to get these kids to school tomorrow so the parents can hit the boat show!  

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fall is creeping in

Since we were away from the water last weekend, we were definitely getting underway this weekend!  The forecast called for showers Saturday so we decided to put the dodger/bimini connector back on.  Alas, it is fall.  We had a great sail to an anchorage in the Rhode River despite the rain.  Honestly it reminded us of our early days sailing in Washington.  The rain passed and the evening was glorious!  The air was perfectly crisp, the moon a fiery orange as it rose.  I even managed to paddle around a bit before dinner.  

Today has been lovely!  After a lazy breakfast I enjoyed a little SUP yoga and a brief paddle.  The sun is shining and we are only now losing the wind just 3 miles from the marina.  It's been such a relaxing day, I even gave myself a pedi!  I love fall on the water!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Git 'er done!

It's NASCAR weekend, baby!  We've never gone to a NASCAR race before, so this weekend we headed to Richmond, VA for the Federated Auto Parts 400.  It was awesome!  It was a night race, and there was so much to do at the track.  We even got free pit passes from military hospitality!  We had great seats six rows up, right across from the pits and just off the start/finish line, and had scanner headsets to listen to the action--that was awesome!  We learned a lot as newbies, and I honestly want to go again!  We aren't hard-core fans that follow a certain driver, but it was just fun to be part of all the craziness and noise!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Movin' on up!

While this post isn't about the boat, it is about our Navy family.  And today, our family hit a milestone--momma became a Commander!  This is huge for me, for us, for our future.  I had a few things I really wanted for my pinning ceremony, and it was pretty much exactly as I wanted!  My ex-boss/mentor/friend drove up from Mississippi to see his son's football game, and with his wife, three other kids, and mother-in-law in tow arrived at the Pentagon this morning to administer my oath.  Wow.  And my whole family was involved in swapping out my rank insignia, just how I always imagined.  I am so fortunate to be supported by such amazing people.  I laughed, I cried, and laughed some more.  Such a great day!


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Happy early B-day to me!!!

Just when I thought this weekend couldn't get any better, it did!  We headed to East of Maui, a ski/skate/SUP/etc. store in Annapolis, to see if their birthday sale had a deal good enough to finally bring home a stand-up paddle board for me.  I had been lusting over the Boga Yoga SUP, but when we got there the one in the store had a "sold" tag on it.  Surprise!  It was sold to Frank!  He had called as soon as the sale began Friday and bought it, and I was totally surprised!  The kids knew, too!  They scored a kid-sized paddle, and I even got new shades.  We headed home and immediately got it in the water.  WOW!  This is a great board!

Quiet Waters and Aberdeen Creek

We decided to head up to the South River this weekend to take in the free concert at Quiet Waters State Park.  Not enough wind to sail, so we motored past the crazy busy madness of Harness Creek and settled in for an afternoon of swimming and lounging in Aberdeen Creek.  The water was perfect and there weren't any sea nettles!  We put out the nettle net anyway as the kids were tentative after Katreina's sting last weekend.  The weather was totally abnormal for mid-August--dry, warm, and cool at night.  

We dinghied over to Quiet Waters and walked about 15 minutes to the concert venue.  We sat on our towel enjoying the music, hot dogs, and Kona Ice.  Back home we had part 2 of dinner (watermelon and tortilla chips), watched a movie, and gazed at the stars.

After a perfectly comfortable night of sleep, I had one of my best mornings of the summer.  Coffee and yoga while listening to the cacophony of birds, followed by some sweet time chatting with my littles while we sat on the transom in our pjs with our feet in the water.  After breakfast, we swam.  The water was perfect. The morning was perfect.  And now we are happily sailing home!

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Perfect (Old) Bay Weekend

This weekend we had the ultimate Bay experience.  After a quick run to shore for breakfast and a workout on deck, we set sail for one of our favorite spots, the Wye River.  We had a nice sail across the bay before losing the wind in Eastern Bay.  The iron gennie got us to our final destination of Wye Landing, further up the River than we had gone before, to have a raft-up with our neighbors on Braveheart.

Frank and K ran up to the landing to score some crabs from the watermen (a dozen and a half #2's, or Baltimore #1's) while I took a dip.  After our friends came, K had the misfortune of jumping in right on a jellyfish, getting stings on both legs and one arm.  Swim time was over FAST!

Good news is that we had a fantastic bay dinner!  Roma's Old Bay sausage, steamed blue crabs with Old Bay, slaw with Old Bay, and Flying Dog's Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale.  Darn good eating! And a nice night on the hook with friends!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

New Friday tradition?

I really love our Friday night tradition--pizza at Honey's Harvest market with a few friends.  Since the weather looked good we decided to invite the two families we normally dine with out for a "pizza to-go" night on the boat.  So glad we did, and that they accepted!  We got underway with twelve people on board (six kids, six adults!) for a few hours of gentle sailing.  I loved having "new" excited kids aboard, and the weather was just perfect.  We anchored just off the Herrington Harbour South's west beach and shuttled our guests back ashore via dinghy just after nightfall.  It was really a great summer evening on the water.

The Captain and 2nd Mate stayed at the dock partying for a few more hours with our neighbors while Swab and I relaxed on the hook.  Perfect!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Everything is awesome!

We stayed put this weekend as Frank needed to knock out some homework and we had a good friend celebrating a birthday.  And it ended up being awesome!

Saturday was "maintenance day" on many fronts.  Everyone in the family got their hair done and Frank replaced the aft air conditioning condensate pump.  

Then the kids and I headed to the local water park (very local, like 5 minutes down the road) to celebrate their friend Julia's birthday.  It was a blast!

We left the water park, washed all the chlorine out of our fresh highlights and headed to the beach to watch "The Lego Movie" with a bunch of our friends.  Everything was awesome!

Sunday was a great day to chill at the marina.  We enjoyed the Herrington Harbour hospitality at a slip holder breakfast then spent 5 solid hours at the pool.  We got some sun!  Then we read and grilled and relaxed.  And that is how I like my weekends!

Monday, July 7, 2014


Celebrating our country's freedom with friends and family was simply amazing this weekend.  A front and storms passing through on the 3rd cancelled the marina's fireworks, but we still enjoyed nature's show.

The passing of Hurricane Arthur offshore brought us AMAZING weather for the weekend!  The 4th was pretty gusty so we stayed put and enjoyed a great cookout and wedding fireworks with our friends and neighbors.

We headed to St. Michaels for their fireworks on the 5th for our very first raft-up with our friends on Airborne.  It was a success!  Such a great time!

The sail back on Sunday was great, though we were reefed for my comfort.  :)   

I am so thankful that we are able to freely explore our shores.  I'm thankful for all the people that protect us daily.