|Anchored in Brigantine|
Okay, I know it's been over a week now since my last post, but living this life of leisure is exhausting and we are still adjusting. We had a couple nice days sailing from Barnegat to Atlantic City and then down to Cape May. We had friends and future Gemini owners sail with us from Atlantic City to Cape May. It was a little swelly, but a beautiful day. We were going to drop them off at a marina in Cape May and let me just say that our approach was less than stellar. Lesson learned, we need to keep a pad and pencil near our VHF for directions! After dropping our friends off and filling up with a whopping 8 gallons of fuel, we left the marina, anchored off, and set out in the dinghy to explore. One of our intentions for this trip is to explore new places and meet local people. And so far we are succeeding. I believe we found the Cape May equivalent to our Broadway Bar and Grill! We actually met a scallop boat captain who has been to the Broadway for the fisherman's happy hour at 7:00am!
|Anchored in Cape May|
The next morning we were up with the sun and headed through the Cape May Canal and up to the Cohansey River. What a beautiful spot! It was hard to believe we were still in New Jersey. According to Bud's mom we are not supposed to talk to strangers, but we like to call them characters. And boy did we meet a character, his name was Charles. He was a neat guy with great stories. He even offered us his truck to explore and since we already had dinner plans, offered to make us breakfast the following morning. We were at a dock with fresh water and Bud wasted no time washing the boat. I've never seen any man so excited to see a hose! Although I must say I was equally as excited to see bathrooms with a shower. So after the boat, Captain and 1st mate were squeaky clean, our guests arrived. It was the Smith clan! Our son-in-law Dave came with his parents and his brother, sister-in-law, nieces and nephew. What a great dinner and visit!
|The Smith clan|
|Anchored in the Sassafras River|
Saturday we continued down the Chesapeake, heading for Middle River, MD. Second lesson learned, read the right compass rose heading so that you don't end up in restricted waters off the Aberdeen Proving Grounds! My bad. Nobody came after us, so I guess we weren't that much of a threat. Oh, have I mentioned all the crab pots in the Chesapeake? What a pain in the rear. I guess I should be thankful that I'm exercising my eyes and have become an expert crab pot spotter.
|Docked in Frog Mortar Creek, Middle River - Thanks Dani!|
~ Jen & Bud