We left Tuesday, October 2, about noon. Tricky, because the boat was aground at our dock. But we got her out of her slip and turned around and motored down the Bay – zero wind. It rained really hard just off the Thomas Point Lighthouse – a good way to clean off the boat! South of the light, we turned in to anchor just inside the Rhode River. Very comfortable and cozy.
The final work before leaving was to get and load the chain. Yes, it came and yes it was the right size and it’s beautiful – all 300 feet of it.
We laid it out on the dock to mark it every 20 feet – we had to use zip ties because it was too wet to use paint. Then the chain was loaded onto the boat.
The final items were put onboard – our fresh food and clothes – and our daughter and her puppy “Crew” came to see us off.
Aren’t they both so gorgeous? We miss Grant and Amy and Crew already.
Then we slipped the lines:
Posed for a picture:
Gave a rum toast to King Neptune:
and the Thomas Point Light – both behind us now.
Since we anchored a bit early, we spent some time stowing stuff that was loaded, but had no place to go. After a couple of hours, here is what my husband’s area looks like – this is the quarter berth, which has become his man cave.
And here is my area:
JUST KIDDING. He obviously brought a lot more boat essentials than I did. We look forward to a drier and productive day tomorrow. Fun so far.
WEDNESDAY – We left with first light:
Not much traffic on the Bay, but here’s one big girl that passed us, headed upbound:
Very light southerlies today, so a motor boat ride, but no waves either. The sun came out and it was warm and lovely. Now we are in a quiet cove in Solomons Island and were able to get an internet connection. We will try for a long day tomorrow, but so far the winds are not cooperating. Still, it’s been just beautiful and we are very happy with the boat so far.
So thanks to all of you who helped us get ready; thanks to all who gifted us with wine and other goodies, and thanks to my colleagues who very generously gave me the camera that is taking these pictures – a retirement gift. I love it.