Sunday, September 18, 2011

Annapolis, Take 2!

This past weekend we decided to hit Annapolis, this time hoping to avoid the mega crowds.  It worked!  I will say the sail up reminded us a lot of sailing in PACNORWEST waters as we were dodging tons of logs and debris in addition to the normal slew of crab pots.  But we made it!  We had no problem catching a mooring ball Saturday afternoon and even managed to get the dinghy motor working for a trip to town.  We did a little shopping (new shades!), sampled some ice cream, and even ran into Katreina's kindergarten teacher while walking around.  Dinner back at the boat, followed by cigarillos and cocktails on the back deck for the adults, made for a nice, relaxing evening.
1st Mate at the helm.

Today we decided to dinghy into town for breakfast at an Annapolis icon--Chick & Ruth's Delly.  The atmosphere was fun, classic diner and the food was good, too!  I had a crab omelet that I swear had a good 1/2 pound of meat in it, and the kids' OJ tasted perfectly fresh-squeezed.  Mmmm...  Katreina had a little drama with her loose tooth before we ate, but some ice made it feel better and in the end she was leading our trek through the alleys of Annapolis.  It was a great way to spend the morning!  We decided to tour the harbor in our dinghy before returning to the boat, but alas it wasn't meant to be.  The engine started sputtering out and we barely made it back before it died for good.  Frank is not happy!

Ready to get our eat on at Chick & Ruth's
We got underway for some great downwind sailing and had our biggest event of the weekend--Katreina lost her first tooth!  She was dangling her feet over the port rail and suddenly jumped up into the cockpit calling, "My tooth!  Mom, look!  My tooth!"  And there it was, tiny and frail, in her little hand.  I'm so proud of her for hanging on to it, and for being brave when it bled a little.  My little girl is getting so big!  [sigh]  Back at home, we had to celebrate with some ice cream.  Good times!