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

May 8, 2012

May 7 - Annapolis, MD

On the Move
Annapolis City Mooring Field

No blog yesterday because there wasn't much going on around here...cloudy and cool most of the day. We spent another night in Harness Creek. We did get a little sunshine first thing this morning; it quickly went down hill from there. The wind picked up and the clouds rolled in. The first thing on our agenda today was to figure out where the closet grocery store would be to our location in the next few days. Our son and his wife will be joining us this weekend and we needed to stock up on a few things. We figured it would be easier to go back to the store from here, so we took one more ride through the beautiful park. We even saw a deer on our way...very nice. Our original plan for today was to have lunch at Mike's Crab House and then find a new anchorage off the South River. We went up the river to the restaurant, docked the boat on their pier (lots of restaurants in this area have docks) and had a nice lunch...that's as far as our original plan went. After lunch we checked the weather reports and decided today would be the best day to move to Annapolis. It wasn't the best day to be on the Chesapeake, but better than what the next few days will bring. The wind speed was 15-20 mph with four foot waves...luckily we didn't have far to go. Steering the boat in these conditions gave Stan a real workout. Otto (auto pilot) doesn't do well on days like today.

This is our second time to come into Annapolis harbor, which is very picturesque, and the second time we've come in with cloudy skies. I was hoping to get some better photos this time. Hopefully when we leave we'll have better conditions. At the moment we are on a mooring ball in Spa Creek...a little further from the historic part of town than we had first planned, but this area is better protected from the wind. We should be more comfortable here while the next front moves through. We are moored next to a couple on Rickshaw, a DeFever 44, they belong to MTOA and are just starting the loop. We got together for happy hour and had a nice time getting to know them. We'll stay on the mooring until Thursday...then move over to Ego Ally in the historic section of Annapolis.

Scenes along the South River
Even a few normal size homes
Mike's Crab House
My soft shell crab sandwich...very good

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