Saturday, July 31, 2010

Going Home

Looks like the fun is over for a while. Things have gone down-hill on the mother front. So, off to Elvisville we go.
But a funny first....

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Did Yorktown, but no pics

Yesterday, we drove to Yorktown, Jamestown, and Williamsburg but all we did was go to the grocery store. I guess it's still vacation time for most folks because everything was very crowded and we didn't want to stand in lines to see history. We did see a hostage situation at Yorktown's Wal-Mart though.
But poking around today on the internet I found these old color photos from the 40's. Interesting stuff.

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943

 Click here to see the whole collection>>> America in Color from 1939-1943

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Doing Yorktown

Today we have rented a car to land cruise over to Yorktown to sight-see a bit. Lots of historic stuff around here. taking a camera hoping to get some pics.

Until later,



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Monday, July 26, 2010

More on Reedville

To catch back up, we left St. Michaels and ran pretty hard to get as far south as we could by around 5:00 PM. (Happy Hour) That turned out to be Reedville. We had read about the marina in Active Captain and it sounded like a nice place. Though the reviews did mention a fishy smell.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Reedville, VA

We caught the tide running in our favor, so we ran all the way to Reedville.
Nice place; an old fishing village with large fishing boats tied up as we entered the creek where Reedville marina was located. Though not St. Michaels, we were tired of the tourist stuff and looking for folksy, and the folks at the marina were very nice and accommodating. The restaurant (The Crazy Crab) was good, but there was one small problem...
We will download some pics and tell the rest of the story later.
Now we are back in Gloucester, VA and tied up at York River Yacht Haven. This will be home for a while.

More later.



Friday, July 23, 2010

Dinkabout — St. Michaels

OK... Our quaint little marina has lost some of it's coziness. What a difference a day makes.Yesterday, just a quiet little marina with a handful of boats and today it looks like Ft. Lauderdale. But, everyone is still very friendly.

So, we put the dink in the water and went Dinkabout...

Walkabout — St. Michaels

View from cockpit 5:45 this morning

We have found St. Michaels to be a fetching little place. The homes and shops are held to period and kept up nicely. The locals are mostly weekenders or those who cater to them, but everyone is quite friendly.
It's unbearably hot, but we managed to do a little walkabout around town just to get a feel and it felt good...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

St. Michaels... The Eastern Shore

 St. Michaels Marina
In search of the real thing.

Crew Istaboa is tiring of the resort marinas and our itch for real-authentic northeastern style boatyness has not been scratched. So, today we head over to the eastern shore of the Chesapeake hoping to find it at Saint Michaels. We'll see... we understand it has really good restaurants and we're hoping for some good Maryland Crab. Maybe it's the proximity to Baltimore or DC that makes this northern section of the Bay so touristy. Not sure why, but we hope St. Micheals is the answer.
So far our favorite cruising has been in the southern part of the Chesapeake.
The York River area seems to have our vote.

Crossing our fingers, we head west...



Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I hate when that happens

Forty-ton whale lands on yacht during Cape Town sailing trip

A couple who took a yacht for a quiet sailing trip were stunned when a 40-ton whale crash-landed on their boat off Cape Town. 

 Click the headline for the article


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ruh Roh

                                                             60% probability

A very Sailboaty place indeed

 We think we may have picked the wrong marina. We like sailboats, but... we like our own kind also and there were no trawlers here at all. So.....

Sunday, July 18, 2010

A day's work to Solomans Island

 The Point No Point light house

But now we have arrived at historic Solomons Island, Maryland.
Heck, we even changed our background in tribute to this very sail-boaty place. And... upon arrival, we had to navigate through a huge sail boat race just to get into the Pawtuxent River and the marina. It will last for 3 days. The 2010 Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge.
Pics below... Click read more

Friday, July 16, 2010

Deltaville, VA

Yesterday we made the short little run to Deltaville. Still very humid and hazy out but the seas were smooth. It's very hot here on the Bay right now, about 95 with 95% humidity, but inside Istaboa our A/C was doing the trick. No running from outside until we must.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

All work and not much play

That's what been going on here. Catchin up on the chores we've been putting off. Stainers full of Sea Nettles was where we started. That'll clog up water flow and cause A/C failure and with 95 degree weather that would really suck. Then we started on the washing machine that would not drain. After much thought, toil, and trouble we found the problem... .20 cents. Yep, 2 dimes were lodged in the drain hose. 

                     Chesapeake Bay Sea Nettles

Monday, July 12, 2010

Prepare to be...

  1. horrified
  2. shocked
  3. angry
  4. really angry
  5. despondent 

We have always loved the Northern Gulf Coast of the U.S. and always will. For us it was the ocean and beaches of our youth. From New Orleans to Gulf Shores, From Pensacola to Apalachicola, there is a way of life (and food) like no other. Good, talented, hard working folks. Fine food, fun, and music...

Sunday, July 11, 2010

A gray day indeed...

Leaving Portsmouth, we ran out the ship's channel and turned to port at Thimble Shoal light.

Thimble Shoal Light

Heading for the Bay

Catching up from our last post... We left Norfolk and traveled all the way to Portsmouth; a trip of about a quarter of a mile.
I had some computer work to do, charts and stuff, so we moved to the less touristy side of the river. Tidewater Marina turned out to be a really good spot to sit for a few days. Good folks and a great restaurant....

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


After passing mile marker 0 on the waterway, we decided to stay at Waterside Marina in Downtown Norfolk. Pretty cool place. With the skyline view on one side and a Hooter's view on the other; this is an interesting Marina. Downtown has a lot to offer, but not on the 5th of July.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Sweet Virginia

But a little more about Beaufort, NC.
We had a nice night in Beaufort. It's a beautiful town and they take their heritage seriously. Pirates are everywhere.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

North Carolina ICW

 Some beautiful homes
 Interesting sites along the waterway

This is definitely the scenic route. Lots of bridges that only open on the hour, so we ran all day slowly from bridge to bridge. Still we managed 110 miles.

Friday, July 2, 2010