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.
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).
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.
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.
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.