August 21, 2007 Tuesday
Heading home today. About two hours after leaving Galesville, the Hartge Yard phoned. They had already hauled MOONSTRUCK, and checked the props and shafts. There was a ding in one of the four blades of the starboard prop. It was just enough to set up a vibration when exceeding 1500 rpm. We just thought it was wise to cruise slowly to protect the cutless bearing and transmission. Dodged right when I should have dodged left. However, all is well that ends well. It is a good thing that we were only moving about five knots. It will just take a small repair of the prop. There was more damage to the pride than to the boat!
August 20, 2007 Monday
It is hard to believe that maybe one more trip after that will be time for heading back South. This summer has passed by so quickly. It is sad to think of leaving the Bay.
August 19, 2007 Sunday
For those of you who have not done much river cruising, especially the Tennessee River, please bear with me. After about 2000 miles of cruising without touching bottom or being passed by anything, we were passed on the Chester River this morning by a Gibson House Boat of all things. It will be sack cloth and ashes for the captain. We suffered the worst of insults! Because we did not want to risk damage to the boat, our speed today was held to under 10 knots—even a Gibson can pass that. A picture follows.
For lunch we tied up in Annapolis Harbor right in front of the Market House. We were lucky to get a spot like that. Tieing up in Annapolis is always special as it is one of the busiest harbors on the coast. Lunch at Phillips was just great.
Then it was cruising back to West River by passing Thomas Point light. Thomas Point Light is one of the most photographed light houses on the coast.
I have to call him “LUCKY DON”..Who else could cruise into Annapolis Harbor on a Sunday afternoon and find the perfect docking spot?? After an easy tie up, a delicious lunch and some browsing, we headed back to MOONSTRUCK. We were told by at least 5 people what a beautiful boat she is. I agree!! I have to admit I was proud of the way Capt. Don maneuvered the boat out of the narrow channel and into the bay. Several people on the dock watched with amazement, also.
Many memories were made on this leg of the trip. Thinking about leaving the Chesapeake area for home makes me a bit sad, however, Don’s promise of returning gives me something to look forward to.
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August 18, 2007 Saturday
It just doesn’t get much better than where we are now anchored. We are in Reed Creek with the temperature in the 70’s, low humidity, and a soft cool breeze coming through the hatches. It looks like we will not be alone tonight as a few other boats are already coming into the anchorage.
This is an added note that comes under the heading of “it’s a small world”. While anchored in Reed Creek, we were unaware that on the other side of the cove a friend of mine was anchored. Jerry and Linda Etzold were anchored on their new Monk trawler, MONKS VINEYARD. It would really have been nice to see them and take a look at their new boat. Maybe next trip.
Since Don introduced me to boating, we have been to many exciting places and done many interesting things, the latest of which was at St. Michaels Md. With its unique houses, shops, and great eateries it was truly a memory maker.
Of all the things we have done, anchoring is my favorite!! To be on the water, under a clear sky at night, with a nice breeze through the hatches….that is the perfect setting for a perfect evening.
August 17, 2007 Friday
We stopped in at Tilghman Creek to see where Molly Cox, a good friend, was raised. Her family, the Cockeys, had a boat yard there. We found the old marine railway, so feel quite certain that we found the place. What beautiful surroundings to spend your youth.
On the way out of St. Michaels Harbor we saw Capt. Jerry Friedman giving instructions to his crew for the day before leaving on Mr. Jim the historic Chesapeake Bay Buy boat. Pictures of all the above follow.
August 16, 2007 Thursday
We had a great lunch at the Town Dock Restaurant and then took a walk around the East side of the town. We are putting up a few pictures of the homes. Really, most everywhere you look could be a picture.
Concert tonight in the little bandstand in the park near the waterfront. Imagine our surprise when they struck up “Sweet Home Alabama”.
We are out of here tomorrow or change our mailing address. We will try and stop by to check out the Tilghman Creek anchorage. My friend Molly Cox was raised on Tilghman Creek, and her brother still lives in the family home there. Then it is on to the cut through Piney Narrows and Chestertown which is about 25 miles up the Chester River. Chestertown is full of historic homes and art galleries. Captain Jerry Friedman has warned us about a speed trap along the way at Rolph’s Wharf Marina. We will go through at idle on one engine.
August 15, 2007 Wednesday
We did the Chesapeake Maritime Museum this afternoon. It is was one of the best exhibits anywhere. It depicts the history of the Bay and does such a wonderful job of it. After dinner at the Carpenter Street Saloon, we did laundry to wrap up the day. Lou said that it was just another plain old work day. I think she wants me to tell her when the yachting is going to commence.
Don has tried to convince me that finishing teak, cleaning the boat, doing laundry and all other sort of work is yachting!! I have other ideas…
The Chesapeake Maritime Museum gives a great depiction of what life in the early years was like. The information I gained today will give more meaning to The Chesapeake…a novel I’m reading.
We slowly cruised into St. Michaels for a couple of nights stay. This is a must stop on the Bay. We are tied up at Higgins Yacht Yard next to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Musuem. We plan to spend most of the day tomorrow there. There are a few pictures of the waterfront area that we will post for today.
Anchoring in the Wye East River was a unique experience. Under a canopy of brightly shining stars, the world was a magical place. The heat was kept at bay by the cooling breeze coming through the hatches. We were in an isolated but beautiful place.
So far, St. Michael’s has been all I expected and more!! The quaint houses and interesting shops really make this a place to explore.
August 13, 2007 Monday
Lou made a couple of great sunset shots. She will tell you about her impressions.
The Chesapeake area is indescribably beautiful!! We are anchored in a cove that is impossible to describe….beauty surrounds and peace abounds….
August 12, 2007 Sunday
Being at the Hartge Yard at Galesville has not been too bad. Here is a scene from the stern of MOONSTRUCK.
August 11, 2007 Saturday
If teak is finished on Sunday, that means that we can start our cruising on Monday. Hooray! It is about time.
August 10, 2007 Friday
August 9, 2007 Thursday
Lou is feeling much better. For dinner tonight we drove down to Deale to eat at Calypso’s which is near Hearington Harbor North. Not too bad.
August 8, 2007 Wednesday
The weather has definitley turned hotter with the last 2 days being about 100 degrees f. Even with that most of the woodwork has been masked off. Tomorrow we will finish that and start sanding. The finish should be done by Saturday afternoon. Then we can start some real cruising on the Bay. We are looking forward to that.
Hopefully, the hot weather will break, and we will be able to do some anchoring in some of the wonderful spots. If not, it will be all marinas. However, that is not altogether a bad thing.
August 6, 2007 Monday
Lou and I arrived back at the boat after a 12 hour drive up. MOONSTRUCK was sitting at the dock just as Luke Frey, Hartge’s service manager said she would be. The plan is to be taking about 3 days to do some outside woodwork refinishing then do some cruising.
July 12, 2007 Thursday
We are scheduled to return to MOONSTRUCK on the evening of August 5th. If the weather is cool enough, there will be about three days of varnishing the exterior teak. Then, liesurely cruising the Bay will be in order. We will probably just go where the mood takes us.
Tomorrow on Friday the 13th we are to meet Capt. Ron and Linda Hall for a weekend at Lou’s mountain cabin. It should be a weekend of good friends, blue grass music, cooking out, and kicking back. The cool of the mountains in the summer is a very good thing.
July 2, 2007 We are not presently cruising. We are now both home and spending some time in the mountains. We are not certain when we will be back to the boat, but it can’t be soon enough for us.
June 30, 2007 Saturday
We love this place!
After cleaning the boat inside and out this afternoon, Lou and I took a ride down to Herrington Harbor North at Deale, MD to see if Allan and Linda Sager were on their boat AVATAR. We found AVATAR, but no one was aboard. Linda was out of town, and Allan was out sailing on the Bay. Later Allan called and drove up to see us. It was great getting reacquainted. We hope to see more of them during our cruising.
What a way to end this leg of the trip!!!! Oxford and Annapolis yesterday, Galesville today…As Don said, this is a special place. The music and food on the bay were wonderful.. Thanks to Marty Black we were able to enjoy this event. People we had never met were extremely friendly and have invited us to more events when we return on later visits. Boating life is certainly different from anything I’ve ever known.
Tomorrow we will be homeward bound….looking forward to meeting Bill and Jan Evans in the mountains and then later in the month Ron and Linda Hall. So many exciting things to look forward to!!!!
June 29, 2007 Friday
While we were this close, we thought that we would not miss the oportunity to run up to Annapolis for a couple of hours. Most of the pictures today are from there, but there is one of the Robert Morris Inn at Oxford where we ate breakfast. Their crab cakes are the best on the Bay as attested to by the author James Michener. I happen to agree.
The weather was a little cooler today, and the folks at the Hartge Yard are top drawer. MOONSTRUCK will be well taken care of. She deserves it! During the whole trip she never missed a beat.
We are very thankful to have completed such a journey with no problems or mishaps. Kind of phenomenal on a boat trip of this duration.
June 28, 2007 Thursday
After two blistering days we are supposed to get some relief from the heat. Yesterday, coming down the Potomac River from DC it was 97 degrees. Today about 92 degrees. After a front moves through tonight it is supposed to drop to about 80 for a high. If that is the case we will do something tomorrow that I have been waiting for about thirty years to do. I have read about what a fine anchorage La Trappe Creek is for at least that amount of time. If the weather is that good we will try it out for ourselves.
For me, highlights of the day have been, walking the streets of Oxford, seeing the unique and quaint houses, eating at The Robert Morris Inn, and practicing bike riding on the narrow streets of the city. They say, “Just like riding a bike!!”, meaning, if you have ever ridden then you should be able to do it again…HAH!!! I will celebrate when I accomplish this feat!!! I am making progress, however, not there yet.
I am looking forward so much to anchoring out tomorrow night. Don has talked so much about La Trappe Creek!! It will be a special day for both of us. If we have the same full moon as tonight, then it will be a beautiful evening.
Pictures posted today will include one of Capt. Don when he is taking on a load of expensive fuel….(notice how he is smiling!!). Another is of boats on their mooring off the Strand in the Tred Avon River at Oxford.
June 27, 2007 Wednesday
We retraced our track down the Potomac to the Chesapeake Bay—stopping only for a little diesel fuel at Aqualand Marina just up stream of the US301 bridge. This is not a recommended stopover I am sorry to say.
Feet get itchy, and it is good to be travelling again. The Bay gave us about a 3 foot following sea. We threw spray everywhere, but rode comfortably. After about five and a half hours we were tied up at Calvert Marina in Solomons, MD. This is a great place, and it is very reasonably priced. Tomorrow after fueling we will be moving over to Oxford, MD on the Tredavon River.
Seeing the historical sites of DC, traveling the following sea to Solomon’s and learning more about boat handling, has made this one more great week!! Tomorrow we will cross the bay and run up the Choptank River, which is the setting of a novel, “Chesapeake”, I’m reading.
Tonight we enjoyed a great dinner at Vincenzo’s, near the marina. After a quiet night, I am looking forward to the trip to Oxford.
June 26, 2007
On the twenty first Lou flew in. We have had a great time seeing the sites that she wanted to see. Tomorrow we plan to leave the Capital Yacht Club after three weeks here. We will retrace our path down the Potomac to the Chesapeake Bay. We are still not certain where we will be tomorrow night. If it is cool enough, it would be nice to anchor in Horsehoe Bend near St. Marys, MD. The weather looks doubtful. We will have to see.
The pictures posted here are of monuments and scenes that you will recognize. We just thought that you may want to see some of what we have been doing.
Touring DC with Don has been a great experience. His knowledge of each monument, museum and Arlington Cemetery, has made this a memorable visit for me. Since I arrived at noon on the 21st, our schedule has been full…visiting the historical sites, riding the subway, eating hotdogs from street vendors and practicing bike riding.
Though we are leaving this area tomorrow, I am looking forward to more excitement along the way.
June 16, 2007
a. A tour of the White House courtesy of Senator Bob Corker
b. A tour of mostly the Senate side of the Capitol. Senator Corker met us there and
escorted us to the Gallery while he gave a speech on immigration.
c. The Smithsonian museums including the American Indian, Arts, Natural History,
Flight, The Portrait, and the Modern Art Museum (sorry, I just did’t quite “get” most
of that one).
d. The Spy Museum
e. Congressman Zach Wamp gave us a tour of the House side of the Capitol in the
evening with no crowds. There was a debate going on an appropriations bill. He
took Griffin and Harrison down on the floor of the House with the debate going on.
Zach is a history buff and has many stories about the Capitol.
f. The Library of Congress docent lead tour was also courtesy of Senator Corker. A
very striking building.
g. Arlington Cemetary with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers and the graves of those
who have given so much for our country was a moving expierience.
h. The Holocaust Museum. Will mankind ever learn?
i. Oh yes, a subway ride and six hours at the zoo. A total zoo experience.
What a week!
As I write this son, David, is on his way. He is driving up and scheduled to arrive tonight. His week will be a different experience as he will focus on his interests of politics and foreign affairs. Then Lou will fly up on the 21st for a few days. We will then take a couple of days to move the boat back around to the Bay to where it will be stored before driving home for the July 4th holiday. What a month and a half!!!!!!!!!!
Bill and Jan Evans are scheduled to meet us at Lou’s cabin in the North Georgia mountains on July 6. From that time on there are no schedules except the Annapolis Boat Show in mid-October and moving the boat back South about November 1.
We will go back up for cruises on the Chesapeake as work and family schedules allow. We are looking forward to taking some time to savor the Bay.
Since we are not cruising at present, there is a picture that I like of Lou and me on the bow of MOONSTRUCK. It was taken at Cayo Costa on the West Coast of Florida at sunset, and reminds me of quiet moments spent at anchor—really, the best part of boating. It was made during a cruise of Southwest Florida with Capt. Ron and Linda Hall. Thanks Capt. Ron and Linda for making this photo.