We left Norfolk on the 25th of Sept. planning to make a quick trip
up to Baltimore. We were motoring out to cross the Hampton Roads
tunnel when I smelled something. Bessie was overheating; we
sailed into Hampton, Blue Water Marina, and drained the freshwater
cooling; she seemed fine. Someone suggested we take our dinghy
into Hampton. Dorky refused. Jerry worked on the engine for
3 days, and finally called for help. We had a carburetor overhaul
and were ready for liftoff.
We met Barb & Ken Johns in Beaufort, NC. We were waiting
to be seated in a very busy restaurant when the waitress came
to get us. She was going to seat us at a table for 4, so we
invited the couple right behind us. Immediate empathy!
Super people. They invited us to their condo on the ocean and gave
our email address to their friends in Yorktown, Va who promptly
emailed us. They have a sailboat, Wayfinder, & wanted to meet
us at Put In Creek just off the East River. I know I keep
talking about every place as if it is Shangrila; well, guess
what? Could it be that I am not that discerning ,or that the
Chesapeake is off the charts because it has now moved to the top
of our list.
We anchored, with Tom & Joy Foster on Wayfinder,just south of
Put In Creek in a little bit of water just deep enough. The
night was so quiet we could hear the water. It was giggling
merrily as its baby drops gently drifted past us on its way
to the sea. It probably was already looking forward to when
it would grow up, reach the ocean and spend the rest of its
days gobbling up sand dunes.
The next day we sailed, actually sailed, to Deltaville.
These little villages along the many rivers off the Chesapeake
fit my mental pictures of villages of the 18th & 19th centuries.
Last night we listened to the church chimes as flocks of
geese honked in unison overhead. It's too wonderful.
We are anchored in Reedville just off the Great Wicomico
River. It is cold, about 65 in the salon. There are small
craft warnings on the Chesapeake, so I guess we'll enjoy
some local seafood bisque and sit. I bought a pumpkin
at a stand in Deltaville so my artist husband can paint a face
on it. Today we feel like fall. Our dodger is a sun deck out
of the wind, so it is about 73. We should all ready be in
Baltimore, but we cannot pass up interesting, beautiful
spots. It's no wonderful people spend their sailing days
on the Chesapeake.
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- October 8, 2002