Blessings of Family Visits

We were blessed with the visit of Cindy’s brother, Donnie, and his wife, Judy, for several days this week. We love having family visit us on Beatitude! This makes four family visits in a little over a month or so — first, Christy visited us in Annapolis, Second,Julie and Tracy in NYC; third, Ben and Kristie in Nantucket; and finally, Donnie and Judy in Annapolis. We’ve had such a good time with them all.

The most exciting time of day.... getting on and off the boat.

The most exciting time of day…. getting on and off the boat.

Donnie and Judy arrived after dark on Monday evening after their “5-hour” trip from Barberton, Ohio. It didn’t take long to begin our game-playing (consisting primarily of the card game, “golf”). The men dominated the game-playing winning all games, but the last two, both of which were a “talking game” (“Taboo,” and not that I’m implying anything by that).

Playing games in the cockpit.

Playing games in the cockpit.

On Tuesday, we drove over to town and walked some of the streets of Annapolis, stopping for photos at old homes off Duke of Gloucester Street (I love the street names in Annapolis) and shopping our way down Main Street (okay, not so great a street name). That evening, I paid a debt at the Chart House Restaurant. The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA Eastern Conference Championships this past season, hence, the dinner I owed to Donnie. I could think of worse punishment than a great dinner at Chart House with great people.

The Zimmerman House (1893), a rare example of Queen Anne architecture.  This was built for Charles Zimmerman, leader of the US Naval Academy band and composer of "Anchors Aweigh."

The Zimmerman House (1893), a rare example of Queen Anne architecture. This was built for Charles Zimmerman, leader of the US Naval Academy band and composer of “Anchors Aweigh.”

The Jonas Green house.  Built in the 1740s, it was the home of Jonas Green, printer of the Maryland Gazette.  It was also his print shop until 1786 and is still owned by his descendants.

The Jonas Green house. Built in the 1740s, it was the home of Jonas Green, printer of the Maryland Gazette. It was also his print shop until 1786 and is still owned by his descendants.

The old postman at the old postmaster's office. :)

The old postman at the old postmaster’s office. 🙂

Now... tell me what you really think!!  (seen on Main Street, Annapolis)

Now… tell me what you really think!! (seen on Main Street, Annapolis)

Twins!

Twins!

The men waiting on the women.

The men waiting on the women.

At the Chart House pier

At the Chart House pier

Our guests on the Chart House pier.

Our guests on the Chart House pier.

Wednesday was a wonderful day! Mid-morning, we slipped from our dock and took Beatitude out for a sail, what Judy called a “three-hour tour.” Our guests enjoyed being out on the water, under sail, on our beautiful home. Winds were from the NE at 10-15 knots, providing for a leisurely 5-knot sail on a beam reach. It was rather nice to be out sailing, just for the fun of it with no destination in mind and no definite number of miles needed to cover. Among other things, it gave me the opportunity to experiment with sail trim. After a pleasant couple of hours under the bright, late-summer sun, we returned Beatitude to her slip, passing the afternoon in conversation and playing games in the cockpit. For dinner, we ate great food in an establishment with a marvelous ambience: Reynolds Tavern, the oldest Tavern in Annapolis and one of the oldest in the United States. After enjoying our meal in an 18th-century dining room, we walked through some of the rest of the building. Downstairs is the 1747 Pub, which was the original kitchen and “Hat Shop” of William Reynolds. The pub has stone and brick walls, a walk-in fireplace, low ceilings, brick floors, and the original stairwell from the 1737 construction.

Enjoying our "Three-hour Tour"

Enjoying our “Three-hour Tour”

Basking in the sunshine on the port bow.

Basking in the sunshine on the port bow.

A glorious afternoon on the water.

A glorious afternoon on the water.

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Relaxing day under sail.

Relaxing day under sail.

This deer (and four or five others) was on the marina property as we were leaving for dinner.

This deer (and four or five others) was on the marina property as we were leaving for dinner.

The Reynolds Tavern

The Reynolds Tavern

Dinner at Reynolds Tavern with wonderful period furnishings

Dinner at Reynolds Tavern with wonderful period furnishings

Part of the 18th-century dining area

Part of the 18th-century dining area

Dining Room

Dining Room

Dinner at the Reynolds Tavern with Washington and Jefferson watching over us.

Dinner at the Reynolds Tavern with Washington and Jefferson watching over us.

Cindy and Judy in the 1747 Pub

Cindy and Judy in the 1747 Pub

The 278-year-old walls of the 1747 pub.

The 278-year-old walls of the 1747 pub.

The wisdom of Mr. Franklin, as written on the walls of the 1747 Pub

The wisdom of Mr. Franklin, as written on the walls of the 1747 Pub

Unfortunately, the time of our visit with Donnie and Judy was woefully short. Thursday morning, we said our good-byes as they made their return trip to Ohio. Cindy and I will spend the next day or two preparing for our trip to Maine. On Saturday, I return to Portland, Maine to work for a week and a half. Thankfully, this time, my wife will accompany me.

Judy and Donnie ready for burgers.

Judy and Donnie ready for burgers.

The bow-shot!

The bow-shot!

8 thoughts on “Blessings of Family Visits

  1. We had a great time aboard The Beatitude and visiting Annapolis! Donnie and I have also decided that of all the delicious food we ate, Captain Barry’s won hands down! Thank you for a wonderful time!

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