"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

October 17, 2016

Oct. 16 – Our Season is Over

Olverson’s Lodge Creek Marina

“Collect memories not things” —Unknown
We left The Pearl a week ago, so I guess it's about time I do a blog to close out this cruising year. It was a great year that started in Marathon back in January and continued up the east coast to Maine, and eventually back to the Chesapeake where we have the boat stored for the winter. We cruised 3434 miles this year, bringing our total miles traveled since leaving Texas in March 2011 to over 17,000...that's a lot of miles when you're traveling at 8 mph.

Thanks to Hurricane Matthew our plans to fly to Jacksonville to retrieve our car and visit friends on our way back to the boat were cancelled. We decided our best option to get home was renting a car and worry about getting our car a little later when the weather is less threatening. As we were packing, loading the car and getting the boat ready to leave, remnants of Hurricane Matthew dumped 24" of rain on us. The storm left a lot of flooding and damage along the coast from North Carolina to central Florida, so traveling south trough the ICW this fall maybe a little challenging. We’re glad we had already made the decision to store our boat further north this winter. It'll be interesting to see what our friends run into in their southern migration. 

The Pearl has been winterized and is under cover at Olverson's Marina, where she’ll be well looked after until we return next spring. For now we’ll enjoy spending time with family and friends and hopefully find a little time to cruise aboard Texas Pearl.

Olverson's Lodge Creek Marina
The Pearl's winter home
Texas Pearl...patiently waiting our return 
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October 4, 2016

Oct. 3 – Hurricane Watch

Mill Creek, Solomons, MD – Anchorage

"Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing." – Denis Waitley
We left Baltimore today and headed south. We're only a few travel days away from the marina where we will be storing the boat for the winter. Hurricane Matthew is churning in the Caribbean and heading up the east coast. We decided it would be best to get to the marina and prepare the boat while the weather is still nice. The direct path of the storm is uncertain at the moment and seems to change drastically as the National Hurricane Center posts updates every three hours. What hasn't changed is the fact that this is a powerful storm that will leave destruction in its path.

Our plan was to fly into Jacksonville on Friday to pick up our car and visit friends on our way back to the boat, but that isn't looking promising now. Winterizing the boat will have to wait as we get it ready for high winds and rain…oh the joys of living on the water.

Projection maps of Matthews path
It was a beautiful day on the Chesapeake Bay
The view from our anchorage
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September 25, 2016

Sept. 24 - Baltimore, MD

Anchorage Marina

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.” –Paulo Coelho
We enjoy Baltimore. There's so much to do and it seems like there's some kind of festival or event going on every weekend. One of our favorite things is the Saturday morning farmers market in Fells Point. They have all the regular great produce booths plus arts and crafts, fresh bread, organic cheeses, wonderful food booths and local winery and distillery samples, and best of all it's a fun place to watch people (and dogs).

The festival for the day was the Chesapeake Cowboy Grand Finale Shoot Out, which is an extreme boat docking competition. It’s the Chesapeake Bay’s version of a rodeo and is considered a water sport in which work boats and charter boats compete within their divisions to go from point “A” to point “B” and execute a task of lassoing poles for a timed competition. They compete for cash, prizes, trophies and of course bragging rights. These competitions are in different places all summer and the final showdown was in Baltimore this year. There was also crab picking and oyster shucking completions…seafood is a way of life around the Chesapeake. Most of these people grew up on boats and the youngest captain in today’s event was 13. This water rodeo is an absolute spectacular to witness and there is truly never a dull moment…we even saw two captains fall off their boats while they were attempting to lasso a post. It was a fun way to spend the afternoon.
 Some of the great things at the farmers market
 The crab picking competition. The lady in the orange t-shirt picked 2.4 pounds in 10 minutes.
 The oyster shucking competition 
 The docking competition 
Here's a video of the Waterman Docking Race...this boat is actually on of the tamer attempts.

Spending time in Baltimore also means having a great time with friends.
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September 23, 2016

Sept. 22 – Baltimore, MD

Anchorage Marina

“I have sea foam in my veins, for I understand the language of waves.” —Le Testament d’Orphee
I've neglected the blog this past week. There just isn't a lot to write about when you spend 15-17 hours a day cruising in the Atlantic and very little to take pictures of, except the sunrises and sunsets, which we've seen from the flybridge as we're cruised along. Since leaving Newport we've traveled almost 500 miles, most of that in three very long days, although we did have two down days waiting on weather...still uneventful and not worthy of a blog post.

Today we had a short cruise from the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake into Baltimore. We're not sure how long we'll be here, but for now we're catching up with friends, cleaning the boat and enjoying the luxuries that come from being tied to a dock.

We enjoyed beautiful sunsets in Sandy Hook, Cape May and our Still Pond anchorage. The rewards to a long day on the water.
Heading into Baltimore
Francis Scott Key Memory Buoy...the story is that this is where he was on a ship when he watched the battle at Fort McHenry and wrote the words to the Star-Spangled Banner.
Fort McHenry
Baltimore Harbor is a very busy place
Dinner with Ted and Sally at Cooper's...one of our favorite places in Fells Point.
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September 21, 2016

Wordless Wednesday