Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer in Baltimore - 2017

Jun 16 thru Jun 20

--Blogpost written by Bob

Shortly after docking in Baltimore on Friday, June 16, we picked up our car which was in storage for 8-1/2 months.  Our car looked great and seemed very luxurious even though it is not a luxury car--I guess I'm comparing it to the rental cars we've recently used.  We went out for dinner (tacos and margaritas) with Maggie's oldest daughter and her husband in Fells Point.  The traffic, all the people, and the noisy bars and restaurants in Fells Point were simply overwhelming to us. 

Joe, Jessica, Maggie, and me (left to right) after
dinner at Barcocina in Fells Point.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Coinjock to Baltimore - 2017

--Blogpost written by Bob

Coinjock to Mobjack Bay

Coinjock was a nice stopover.  Besides a couple great meals at the restaurant, we met some other cruisers, some going north and others going south.  A couple on a Bristol 43.3 (sailboat) was headed back to Oriental NC after spending a cool, overcast, and rainy 5 weeks in the Chesapeake.  Someone else was taking a newly purchased Grand Banks trawler to its new homeport.

We left our slip in Coinjock shortly after six o'clock this morning, June 13.  It was our earliest morning departure yet and I was surprised that there was enough light to see the day marks but it was fine.  We're trying to make it to our first opening bridge of the day by 10 AM since we have several more opening bridges and one lock to go through today.

"Turn it upside down and smack it a couple times" Maggie said about the Aloe Vera gel I was getting out of the tube for easing the itch from bug bites on my elbows.  This is the second time we have experienced bug bites inflicted while we were sleeping and I don't think they are mosquitos because we have mosquito nets on all our hatches. 

The North Landing Swing Bridge is so close to the water
that it must open for almost any boat, not just sailboats.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Southport to Coinjock - 2017

--Blogpost written by Bob

Another Day in Southport

When we woke up this morning, Thursday, June 8, the sky was still overcast and it was still raining.  The temperature was only 69 degrees, which felt cold to us.  We decided to stay another day until this rainy weather pattern passed and it warmed up a bit.

Southport in a nutshell.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Southport - 2017

Jun 5 thru Jun 7

--Blogpost written by Bob

This blogpost covers three (mostly rainy) days we spent in Southport NC on our way back to the Chesapeake Bay.  


We spent last night tied to the floating dock at Southport Marina--it was luxurious sleeping in air conditioning.  We planned to spend two nights here but we have extended our stay to three nights because of predicted thunderstorms on Tuesday (90% chance of rain and over 1" accumulation).  This morning, Monday, June 5, it is partly cloudy with a lot of heavy, dark clouds in the sky to the west.

Southport's waterfront as viewed 
from across the salt marsh.

Two shrimp boats were tied to the dock 
in front of Potter's Seafood.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Isle of Palms to Southport - 2017

--Blogpost written by Bob

A Day at Isle of Palms Marina

We slept great last night (Wednesday, May 31) in our air conditioned boat, not feeling the slightest bit of movement nor experiencing the slightest distraction.  I'm glad we were able to book two nights here at Isle of Palms Marina.  Most of the other marinas around Charleston were full and this marina is full on Friday night and the remainder of the weekend.

It is noticeably cooler here in Isle of Palms than it was in Florida, Georgia and the southern part of South Carolina.  We have a lot of chores to do today (Thursday, June 1): laundry, grocery shopping, toilet recharging, and engine maintenance.  This is a nice stop to get things done and not have many distractions like there would be in Charleston.

We finished all our chores except I realized that I didn't have a new oil filter after we had already turned in our rental car.  So, I had to keep the old oil filter in place--I'll change it in Baltimore and possibly make an early oil change at the same time.  We also cleaned all the raw water strainers--the strainer for the fridge's supplemental water cooling was particularly obstructed.

S/v Rainy Days gets a day of rest at Isle of Palms Marina.