Annapolis (and Maine)

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!

We've been traveling north for the past couple of months.  The morning sun shining onto my right side has caused some uneven tanning.  My right arm is much darker than my left.

We’ve been traveling north for the past couple of months. The morning sun shining onto my right side has caused some uneven tanning. My right arm is much darker than my left.

Beatitude tied to the dock at Port Annapolis Marina

Beatitude tied to the dock at Port Annapolis Marina

Ducks on the dock

Ducks on the dock

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.

My date at our destination

My date at our destination

Lovely Dinner at Chart House

Lovely Dinner at Chart House

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.

Prior to leaving Thursday, working on the owner's hull head, which is not flushing well.  Oh joy!

Prior to leaving Thursday, working on the owner’s hull head, which is not flushing well. Oh joy!

As I pulled out of our marina, a doe crossed the street in front of my car.  By the time, I had the camera out, she had passed into these woods.

As I pulled out of our marina, a doe crossed the street in front of my car. By the time, I had the camera out, she had passed into these woods.

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!

Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford, Maine, my home for the weekend.

Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford, Maine, my home for the weekend.

Kennebunkport... Makes me feel at home.

Kennebunkport… Makes me feel at home.

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Dinner!  It was delicious!

Dinner! It was delicious!

Maine Seashore

Maine Seashore

Maine Seaside

Maine Seaside

St. Anne's  Episcopal Churh, built in 1887 with large sea-washed stones

St. Anne’s Episcopal Churh, built in 1887 with large sea-washed stones

Interior of St. Anne's

Interior of St. Anne’s

Stained Glass Window in St. Anne's

Stained Glass Window in St. Anne’s

The Bush residence in Kennebunkport.

The Bush residence in Kennebunkport.

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6 thoughts on “Annapolis (and Maine)

  1. I love Maine. My Mom was born in Maine and we visited summers as kids. Great memories. The pictures are beautiful.
    The lobster looked so YUMMY….I am drooling as I write this message.
    Enjoy your time in Maine.

  2. Keep sailing North and you’ll make Grand Manan… The lobster looks soooo good! We have good friends in York and visited them coming and going… Enjoy Maine and the “cooler temps”.

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