We left Harness Creek early Wednesday morning and headed towards Solomons Island, VA. The wind was out of the NE so we were treated to another great day of sailing.
Our anchoring guidebook (Skipper Bob) told us Solomons could get pretty busy, and busy isn't what we were looking for, so we went about 5 miles up the Paxtuxent River to Mill Creek. Again we were surrounded by not much, which suited us fine. The downside was there were alot of jellyfish /sea nettles, which meant no swimming (although we saw locals in the water wakeboarding). The kids kept themselves busy, we played a few games of Sorry, and had a family movie night (Sharkwater). We stayed 2 nights, again getting an early start (0600hrs) on friday morning. Just so no one thinks Mark is running a military camp with all these early starts, I'll clarify what happens. I will wake up around 0600hrs, get the engines warming up and pull the anchor. I will hear a little grumble from the kids, but that's about it. They stay sleeping, usually until around 0800hrs.
Yesterday Lisa and I used one of the courtesy cars and ran into town for some more groceries. I avoided some of my boat projects and we all hung out at the pool (yes, it's still summer here, mid-20'sC). As a side note, yesterday was only the 2nd time I have connected our shorepower cable since leaving Bath in June!
Last night we had dinner with a family with twins who liveaboard their Beneteau 50 (Sasha, Phillip, Corwin and Chantelle). They are out cruising "indefinitely". The kids disappeared soon after supper, we found them a little while later down the dock enjoying some evening entertainment.
As much as our kids think they are night owls, they still need their sleep, so they relauctantly came back to the boat around 2100hrs (very late for them). Mitchell and I went back a little earlier, crawled up into mine and Lisa's bed and read a few chapters aloud from Farley Mowats "The Boat Who Wouldn't Float".
Both kids were in bed by 2130hrs, when Lisa and I managed to sit out in the cockpit and enjoy a glass of wine (yes, once again from a bottle).
So this will be life (for Lisa and the kids) for the next 4 weeks. I return to Newfoundland on Tuesday, and funny enough that will be the first day of school for the kids. Fingers-crossed this whole Homeschooling experiment works out!.
In memory of Lisa's sister, Varuna, who passed away last night after a hard-fought battle against cancer.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore.Dream.Discover."