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

March 22, 2012

Mar. 21 - Great Bridge, VA

Back To The Boat
Atlantic Yacht Basin

We have driven to or from the east coast six times since last June...not to the exact spot each time, but close enough to become very familiar with a lot of the towns and roads along the way. This trip was 1391 miles and we were very happy and excited when we arrived at Atlantic Yacht Basin around one o'clock. This is the longest we have left the boat since we bought her two years ago. We were a little anxious to find out how things faired while we were away. We were both surprised at how well everything looked. A little dirty, but nowhere near as dirty as I thought it was going to be. She was covered with a thick layer of pine pollen, which seems to be everywhere. The pollen is so thick at the moment you can see it floating in the air...almost like a yellow fog. I'm sure we will be rinsing the boat off daily for the next few weeks.

We stopped at a cute local spot called Grayon and Emma's Garden Spot for lunch. It's located about 30 miles from the boat in Courtland, VA. It's basically a shop that sells fresh Virginia produce, gardening supplies and gifts, but they also make homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts from local ingredients. It was a great little find.

The marina moved our boat to a newer shed, with a little more light, better piers and more electricity. Since the boat is still winterized they used a little boat to tow her to her new location. Once everything was secure, we began unloading all the "stuff" we brought with us. It's amazing how much storage this boat has...it didn't take long to get everything stowed away. While I took care of putting things away, Stan replaced our old holding tank with a new one...one project off the list. We had a storm come through this evening with quite a bit of rain, hopefully that will wash away some of the pollen. It was a long day, but it feels nice to be on board.

Grayson and Emma's Garden Spot - wish I would have gotten a picture of the outside of the store...very cute.
Nice local place for lunch
Winter home of The Pearl
Getting a tow to her new slip
New home...for a few weeks

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