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 or 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.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
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 headset 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
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
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!
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
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
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 fine 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
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.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Today was our first "in season" trip to Annapolis this year. The wind was super light, so Katreina took the helm while we rigged the spinnaker (also for the first time this season!). She did great and we were able to sail part of the way up the bay. Was it perfect? No. We actually forgot a block and ran the down haul wrong, but we accomplished forward motion for a few hours so it's counted as a success! We'll add that block next time. ;)
We took a mooring in Spa Creek and headed to town for ice cream, shopping, play ground time, and a few Painkillers from Pusser's for the ride back. Again, Katreina had some great driving skills!
We wrapped up the day swimming in the creek, though there was quite a bit of boat/paddle board/kayak traffic. Frank made an awesome dinner before taking us on one last dinghy ride. I am sooo relaxed!
Sunday, June 22, 2014
What a busy weekend! Friday night one of our crew was off at a slumber party and the rest of us headed to the marina's slip holder party--so fun! They were serving up rockfish, mussels, crab wraps, potatoes, corn bread, cake, and of course, beer, wine and orange crushes!
Saturday wasn't the best weather-wise, but we still got underway to celebrate the solstice/sailstice! The kids were very tired from their late nights and slept for most of the time we were out!
Saturday was made complete with a salsa tasting and the movie "Frozen" on the beach. Such a great day!
Sunday we took advantage of all the water finnrhe marina has to offer! After a slip holder breakfast (more yummy food!) the boys went out fishing while the girls went kayaking and paddle boarding. After lunch we all went boarding and to the pool. We all got a little too much sun, but we had so much fun!