Tuesday, St. Michaels MD to Annapolis MD

June 2nd, 2009 john Posted in The Loop (Ft Myers to Winter Harbor NY) | No Comments »

Day: 227  Miles: 32   Total Miles: 2646  Locks: 23

We hated to leave St Michael’s this morning.  It is truly a friendly community.  They even had a special deal going on in our Marina; we could have stayed one more night for free.  But we had to move on, we are already too far behind schedule.

It was another beautiful morning, but there were showers and thunderstorms predicted for the afternoon. We had a short run today, back across Chesapeake Bay to the west side and on to Annapolis.  We were hoping to beat those thunderstorms into port. We retraced our steps out via Eastern Bay back into the main Chesapeake waters.  The waters were calm and it was very relaxing.  The early morning hours and the weekday provided for much reduced traffic on our way out.  We watched our AIS on the chart plotter for ships or tows but none were nearby.  As we hit the main part of Chesapeake we set a course East-Northeast which took us across the Bay towards Annapolis. 

It was truly beautiful coming into Annapolis.  There were a lot of sailing craft and other boats of all shapes and sizes coming and going.  We had selected Chesapeake Harbour Marina as our destination because it was located on the way into Annapolis, so we did not have to fight the traffic all the way into the harbor.  When we turned off the main river into the little private channel for our Marina, we were not sure where it was taking us.  It led us to a little channel into the land and into a beautiful man-made marina and condo complex.  There were hundreds of boats of all sizes and we were directed to a T-dock right down front near the restaurant.  It was very, very nice.

We had arrived early, and Barbara wanted to clean the boat up a bit for we were expecting more company.  She kicked me off the boat so she could get her work done. (So much for being the Captain.) 

I headed for the showers, trimmed my beard, shaved, and came out a new man.  Went directly to the Tiki Hut for a burger and a cigar, then back to the boat to nap before our guests arrives.

We were visited by two cousins and their husbands:  Lois and Bill, and Bernadette and Tom.  It was great to see them and to share with them our adventure.  After a delightful dinner out, Barbara and I returned back to our floating home and settled in for the night.

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