Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
We have been making our way steadily south, and currently are at the Vero Beach Municipal Marina for a few days. The marina was recommended by several other cruisers, and we can see why: the moorings are well-protected by mangroves; the staff is nice and helpful; the showers are clean and well-maintained; there’s a lounge with internet, TV, and books and a pretty, tree-shaded picnic/BBQ area, and a free bus to the beaches and town. And only $11 per night! There are, however, many many many tiny no-see-ums, or barely-see-ums, as you could actually see them if you looked hard enough. We’ll leave the boat here for a few days while we rent a car to drive to St. Pete to attend Necronomicon, a sci-fi/fantasy convention at which Chris has been a guest for a number of years. Anne will be on several of the science-based panels – a first for her!
We’ve been anchoring in tidal rivers lately, and the currents are wicked, sometimes flowing up to six knots. To maximize our holding and minimize our stress levels, we set two anchors, one each in the direction of the flooding and ebbing currents. You can see the speed of the water flow in this picture as we set the anchors in the Matanzas River Inlet. Our main anchor is the chain on the port (left) side of the bow, and the secondary anchor is the line on the starboard (right) side.
Beaufort is a delightful little town, with gracious Southern mansions,lazy cats, thriving art galleries, and delightful public sculptures. We spend a couple of days here, and were able to take nice long, hot showers for $1 at the town marina. It’s amazing how special the little treats become when you don’t have them everyday anymore.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
We’re currently anchored in
One of the delights of
Thursday, October 8, 2009
We’ve thrown our lot in with a pretty great crowd and, since we’re all going to the same place at the same time, we’ve been travelling together. This stop was at
The anchorage was calm, if not exactly quiet. It’s located just outside the main shipping channel, so we had many passersby, like the barge pictured below, during the night.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
…hang their laundry out to dry! When we had done laundry last week and were about to enter the
Annapolis is home to the U.S. Naval Academy, pictured at the right, along the banks of the Severn River. We first anchored in Weems Creek, just north of downtown Annapolis, then picked up a mooring in Annapolis Harbor. What a pretty city! Annapolis has loads of historic buildings, and all roads lead to the harbor (well, not ALL roads, but I’m using poetic license here), as pictured below.
The Random House Dictionary defines “gam” as:
1. a herd or school of whales.
2. Eastern New
3. (of whales) to assemble into a herd or school.
4. Naut. (of the officers and crews of two whaling vessels) to visit or converse with one another for social purposes.
5. Eastern New
[1840–50, Amer.; perh. dial. var. of GAME1]
Well, socialize is exactly what we did this past weekend at the annual
Unfortunately, Anne was a very bad girl, and never took any pictures at the gam (of which there were many great opportunities). So you have to look at another sunrise in the anchorage in the