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

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

September 19, 2016

Sept. 19 – Waiting on Weather

Sandy Hook Coast Guard Station – Anchorage 

“Life consists not in holding good cards, but in playing those you hold well.” ― Josh Billings

Weather and the tide play a big part in determining the what, when and where in our cruising life. Some places they are more important than in others. From Port Washington we had to travel down the East River to reach the Hudson River and New York Harbor. The current is very strong through this area (5 kn) and can make traveling difficult if you're not "going with the flow". So we've always timed our travels to go with the tide. We flew through the East River and New York Harbor at a record speed today. It would be wonderful to travel this fast all the time.
Blackwell Island Lighthouse on Roosevelt Island
The low building in the foreground is the UN Building
We are anchored near Sandy Hook ready to make our move down the Jersey coast as soon as the conditions are favorable. We don't mind rain and wind when we travel in the ICW, but when we're in the Atlantic Ocean that's a different story completely...especially when thunder and lightening are involved. One look at the radar this morning and we knew we were staying put. We'll move on when the weather is more settled.
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September 18, 2016

Silent Sunday