Monday, September 9, 2013

Shawapalooza! A new experience on the bay.

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!

On the return trip Sunday we had decent wind for a little while and our little Mate did a great job at the helm!  It's so great seeing her excited about driving!

Final stop was, of course, the pool.  It's only open for one more weekend so we're trying to get in as much time as we can!

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