Almost three years ago, Cindy and I met up with Julie and Tracy in Annapolis for the United States Sailboat Show. We loved the town then and dreamed of one day making our way into the port of Annapolis in our own sailboat. At that time, we had just purchased Beatitude and had brought her from Ft. Lauderdale to Bradenton in September, less than one month before we were at the boat show. The thought of pulling our vessel into Annapolis was a distant dream. Now, thirty three months later, we brought Beatitude up the Chesapeake and into this port. It’s a pretty cool feeling!
After arrival on Wednesday, we tidied up a bit and relaxed for the afternoon. Then, in the evening we had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Chart House. We ate at this same Chart House three years ago with Julie and Tracy. Wow, did the memories flood in! The meal was, as usual, delicious. Afterwards, we met a couple of other boaters on the dock, a neuroradiologist and his wife from New Jersey who cruise on their trawler.
Unfortunately, I’ll not have much opportunity to enjoy Annapolis this week. On Thursday, I drove to BWI to catch a flight to Portland, Maine. I’m scheduled to work three shifts in the emergency department in Biddeford this weekend. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been on a three-month vacation. I last worked in mid-April in Lakeland. The time has flown, the bank account has diminished, and it is time to replenish. After this weekend’s stint, we’ll have 10 days back aboard Beatitude before we will leave her for two more weeks of work in Maine. I’m thankful for the opportunity to travel as we have and still work as needed.
Today, Friday, I spent three hours at the hospital for orientation, which consisted of training with the electronic medical record, radiology imaging viewing, a tour of the E.D, etc. Since this evening is the only evening I have free while here in southern Maine, I decided to drive the few miles down to Kennebunkport for dinner. Cindy and I visited the area on an amazing Fall Colors Tour a couple of years back, so I looked forward to a quick revisit. I ate dinner at Federal Jack’s (Can you guess what I had?) before driving along scenic Ocean Drive on my way home. The vistas were picturesque and the weather lovely. Southern Maine right now boasts low humidity with highs in the low 80s and lows in the low 60s. Not bad!