Friday, 21 June 2013

No 21 Annapolis and the Kids Holiday

Hi from Clare,                                        Thursday 20th June 2013

The four kids (young adults) arrived last Friday around midnight after driving to Annapolis from New York. Tired and all as they were we still managed a few drinks and a chat before turning in.

Saturday morning the adventure began and we took the boat into Annapolis harbour so the kids to go to the Naval Academy and have lunch at Pusser's bar a popular waterfront attraction. It is situated on Ego Alley named such due to the number of power boats (with bow babes) cruising the narrow waterway in full view of the crowd.

Heading into Annapolis (Mim's our bow babe)

We spent the afternoon strolling around beautiful Annapolis city in sparkling weather. By late afternoon the harbour was awash with boats and very choppy so we headed a few miles north to the less frequented and calm waters of Weems Creek. Here we found Carol and Peter on their Aussie yacht 'Jack Tar' and after rafting up along side the six of us clamoured aboard 'Jack Tar' with drinks and nibblies in hand to share a sundowner.

Around Annapolis City

The following day we went up a few bays to the very popular Cantlers Crab Restaurant for Father's Day lunch. The only bookings are for parties of ten or more and so we just rocked up and hoped for the best. We managed to get a spot on the Restaurant's wharf for 'Eye Candy' but there was an hour and half wait for a lunch table and who knows how long for lunch. Our time was limited so we ended up getting take away (unfortunately the take away menu does not include crab) so we ate in the cockpit. By mid afternoon we had to return to Annapolis so Matt and Mim could drive back to New York in readiness for work on Monday morning.

Lunch out at Cantlers
On Monday morning we (Sarah, Brad, Andrew and I) motor sailed twenty seven miles to the township of St Michael's which was settled in the early 1600s and still has some of the original buildings along the waterfront. It is a very peaceful anchorage and a pleasant town to visit. The rain came down and we spent most of the afternoon ducking between showers. We ate ice creams and the mosquitos ate Sarah.

St Michaels town and anchorage
We returned to Annapolis the following day in the pouring rain. Andrew was the only one on deck (no point in us all getting wet). Sarah, Brad and I lounged on the couch and read. We did manage to hand up food and hot drinks to the Skipper who was thoroughly wet through by the end of day.

Sarah and Brad headed out to Washington by bus the following morning. It was still very wet underfoot but thankfully the rain stopped long enough to board the bus without another bucketing.

So as you can see the holiday was all too short, but nevertheless it was still terrific to be surrounded by family. We certainly noticed the quiet when everyone left.

Last night we had dinner with American friends Prue and Burt on 'Exeburant'. Prue had a leg of lamb that she said was too big for the two of them. We of course were happy to help out; it was delicious. It was also great to catch up as we haven't seen Prue and Burt since December 2012.

We are having an easy day today as Andrew has pulled a muscle in his back. He isn't feeling himself, or any body else for that matter.

Tomorrow we will start making our way back to Deltaville to pack the boat up and head home in early July. We are looking forward to seeing family and friends.

Love Candy xx

At 12:33 PM2/06/2013 (utc) our position was 38°19.88'N 076°27.59'W

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