Wow! We have been busy sailing and working on Delphinus this summer.
As I write this, Pete and I are in Deltaville, VA with Delphinus hauled out for much needed work in preparation for our trip to the Bahamas in the fall. As one project is done, we discover two more that need to be dealt with. Right now it looks as if we will be here for a full two weeks before we go back in the water, when the original plan was for four or five days.
Living on a boat, out of the water (or “on the hard”), is way too much like camping for my tastes. But the folks and facilities here at Deltaville Marina are very nice. I’m writing this from the comfort of their lounge, complete with air conditioning and WIFI!
We have become regular visitors at the local hardware store and West Marine, making almost daily trips for parts and tools we didn’t know we needed.
Last week, Pete caught a great shot of the Super Moon.
Since we returned from Florida, we’ve had lots of opportunities to sail Delphinus … sometimes for just an afternoon or for several days. We’ve been mixing up staying at marinas and anchoring out. These trips have been relatively uneventful and provided us with beautiful sunsets over the water and many peaceful nights.
Shortly after returning we were able to have a fun, family day on the Chesapeake Bay. We had our son, Brendan, his girlfriend Alex and our daughter Colleen.
We took a short overnight trip to Yorktown, VA and were able to meet up with Jim Underwood, the crew member from our trip from Florida, and enjoyed a nice dinner together in town. The town marina is relatively new and very nice – just steps away from a wide variety of restaurants and shops – near the Coleman Bridge. I wondered if it might be noisy, but it ended up being a nice backdrop for the sunset and the lights reflecting off the water.
Next we planned a three night trip back up north. First we visited the Deltaville Marina to make arrangements for our haul out and then anchored out in a nearby creek for the night. We were up the next morning and pulled up the anchor to head to the nearby Mobjack Bay. We found a nice quiet cove off the East River there and anchored for the night. We hadn’t yet used our dinghy, so decided to put it in the water for a test drive. It has a pretty big engine and we were able to go faster in the dinghy than we can when motoring in Delphinus!
We were surrounded by private homes, so nowhere to go but back to Delphinus for happy hour!
Our destination the next day is across the Chesapeake Bay to Cape Charles, VA, located on the eastern shore of Virginia. It is one of my favorite spots to sail to locally and I was looking forward to pulling into a marina for the night. The Cape Charles Town Harbor and Marina are relatively new and have very nice facilities. It is only about a block from the main part of the town.
We took advantage of the local hospitality and treated ourselves to ice cream at the brown dog ice cream shop, followed by dinner later that evening at The Shanty. We had a table on the deck with a beautiful view of the bay.The following morning we returned a favorite breakfast spot, the Cape Charles Coffee House – huge mugs of tea and coffee and delicious breakfast. I think we did our best to boost the local economy!
As I close this post, I’m looking forward to sailing back home in a few days. Tomorrow there is a local farmer’s market we’ll probably visit.