When we arrived in Chesapeake City, MD on Saturday afternoon, we felt surprisingly well. The relatively benign conditions of the previous night had allowed our minds and bodies to recuperate from the taxing conditions of the day before. We were thrilled to find a space open on the free dock where we could tie up. The rest of the day was a day to rest. Cindy and I walked next-door to the Chesapeake Inn around 3 p.m. to have lunner and watch the Georgia/Vanderbilt football game, which, thankfully, had a happy outcome for Georgia fans.
We could have hung around for another night or two, but with the whirlwind of movement and activity over the last four weeks, we were anxious to settle in to a place for a few weeks. So, early Sunday morning, we set out for Annapolis. We left Chesapeake City at low tide, which meant the normally shallow water by the city dock was at its shallowest. Our hulls had gently settled in the soft mud. I had to give the engines a little more throttle in order to plow ourselves through the oozy bottom and away from the dock. Soon, we had passed beneath the Chesapeake City bridge and were making our way down the Chesapeake Bay. This day’s journey was benign and unexciting (which was just fine with us!).
We stopped for fuel again before pulling into our old slip at Port Annapolis Marina. It was so nice to pay $2.34/gallon for diesel rather than the $5.00/gallon we paid in Nantucket. While we enjoyed our month-long excursion to New England, I’m not sure we could spend a lot of time there. Everything marine is so expensive, whether it be fuel, or moorings, or marinas.
Since we’ve returned to Annapolis on Sunday, we’ve spent some time reprovisioning and organizing. We’ve also worked on a few minor repairs and boat projects on our to-do list. Last evening, we were excited to have Keith and Sarah spend a few hours visiting aboard beatitude. Keith is also an emergency physician, who lives on a sailboat and does locums work. His boat spends most of the time in the Bahamas. He was very helpful to me when I was looking into doing the same, and, in fact, referred me to the company for which I have been working. We’ve been looking to hook up in person for some time, and although we’ve been with a few miles of each other on several occasions, we finally made face-to-face contact. He and Sarah, his Canadian/Bahamian girlfriend, are here in Annapolis on their sailboat at this time. It was a joy to spend time with these wonderful, down-to-earth people last evening, sharing stories and plans. They’ll likely be heading southward before us, so we’ll have to catch up with them again down the road.
Our plans for the next month look like this: We’ll hang out on board for the next week and a half. During that time — We are so excited! — Cindy’s brother, Donnie, and his wife, Judy, are coming to visit us for three or four days. We’ve been extremely blessed with visits from family over the last month. Then, later in the month, I’m flying to Portland, Maine for another eight days of work. I’m thrilled Cindy has chosen to accompany me to Maine this time. Hopefully, there will be some brilliant fall colors for us to enjoy while there. We will return to Annapolis the day before the Annapolis Sailboat Show begins. We’ll likely hang around and attend the boat show for a couple of days before beginning our own trek south.