The Route South

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Natural Disaster Week!!

Its Natural Disaster Week on The Discovery Channel  Morning Star!

Randy had a regularly scheduled trip to Clearwater to visit Mom and fill in for Chip while he went to Maine on vacation.  Cindy, as usual, stayed aboard Morning Star at our summer home port, Calvert Marina, in Solomons, MD.

Tuesday, May 23, 2011
Our friends Pam and John live aboard their Krogen 42, Compass Rose, in Annapolis.  Pam drove down to Solomons for lunch with Cindy.  They ate lunch aboard Morning Star and were sitting in the cockpit, talking and enjoying the afternoon when, at 1:15 PM, the boat started to vibrate.  So did the dock, the pilings and the water.  It was an earthquake!  A 5.8 magnitude quake was centered in Mineral, Virginia, only 115 miles away!  Although rural Solomon suffered no signifiant damage, the same couldn't be said in Washington DC.  The White House, Capitol building and Pentagon were partially evacuated and the stresses caused by the quake damaged the National Cathedral, closing it for several weeks.  That tall obelisk, the Washington Monument, suffered major structural damage and is still closed at the time of this writing.  The earthquake was felt as far away as Boston and Toronto!

Damage at the National Cathedral.
AP photo

Evacuating the Capitol.
AP photo

Friday, May 26, 2011
When we left Clearwater, our insurance company gave us a HUGE discount on our boat insurance since Morning Star would be out of Florida during hurricane season.  Yeah, right! 

Looks like Irene is going to visit the Chesapeake!

They certainly predicted the track of Irene correctly!

Cindy spent Friday moving Morning Star to a large covered slip and getting ready for Hurricane Irene.  She did Morning Star proud backing into the slip, a feat that did not go unnoticed by other Krogen owners.  John Holum, from the KK58 Solveig III, emailed  Krogen friends about hurricane preparedness- "Can't speak for Randy except to note that Cindy backed their vessel into a covered slip like a pro yesterday."  I was proud!  Krogen friends Bob and Nancy Anderson (KK39, Puffin) helped get the bimini top folded and Mike and Peggy (KK42, Avalon) helped move the boat into the shed and tie her up.  

Doubled-up the dock lines and hung the fenders.

Added additional lines on both sides of the boat.

Doubled the bow lines and taped the hatches.

Through the years we have owned many different boats and prepped most of them for hurricanes at one time or the other.  It kinda' goes with the territory.  So, as the saying goes, this wasn't Cindy's first rodeo.  Although we rode out Hurricane Ernesto together here in Solomons in 2006, not this time.  So after satisfying herself that she had done all she could, she left for Annapolis and Dr. Jane's and Fuller's house to ride out the storm.

Sandbagging Annapolis 
Sandbags and plywood.
Boats out of the water in preparation for the storm.

Boats "on the hard".

The storm blew through on Saturday and the power went off later that night.  By Sunday it was over.  Cindy drove her rental car back to check on Morning Star and found her patiently waiting to be moved back to the floating dock.  Not even a scratch!  Since the power was out in Annapolis, she decided to stay in Solomons aboard Morning Star Sunday night.  Monday afternoon I flew back to BWI.  Cindy met me at the airport and we hurried back to Solomons for the Survival Party!

After a few days of putting the boat back together we decided to head over to the Eastern Shore for a little cruise.  We had a pleasant day going to Hudson Creek, off the Little Choptank River and then up to the beautiful Wye River before going to the Chester River and Langford Creek.  The weather report chased us over to Annapolis where we sat in the rain for four days, waiting out the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee!

Earthquake.  Hurricane.  Tropical Storm.  Cindy says that if there's a plague of locusts, she's leaving town!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Mainely Cool

It is blistering hot in the Chesapeake so our annual trip to Maine couldn't have come at a better time.  Although they suffered through the extreme heat with the rest of the nation over the last week, Maine cooled down just in time to welcome the heat-weary crew of Morning Star.  Cool temps, all the lobster, clams, oysters and shrimp you could ever want.  Its good to be us!

We always visit Camden at least once every year.  Its a bit of a tourist town but the harbor is beautiful and full of activity.  My favorite stop is Cappy's Chowder House.  A bowl of their clam chowder is all I need.  Our waitress commented on  Cindy's Manatee neckless and we chatted for a while.  She was from Florida and used to live in Indian Rocks Beach, where her mom was the manager at The Pub, a local waterfront bar and restaruant.  We have been there many times, frequently by boat.  Small world.

Camden Harbor
Dinghy Dock - Camden

Camden Harbor

On the dock at Five Islands Lobster Pound.

Five Islands

On Friday, the 12th, we visited Rockland with Sister Jane and Sam, to attend the Maine Boats, Harbors and Home Show. Its a combination boat show, home show and arts and crafts show all rolled into one fun package.  Next year we are going back on Sunday, the day of the Boatyard Dog competition.

Commuter Yacht "Ragtime"...
 Maine Boats, Harbors and Homes Show - Rockland

...with a Bow Cockpit
Another Morning Star!!  Morris Yachts Daysailer

Its hard not to smile when you come upon a 25-man ukelele band!  The University of Maine-Machias Ukelele Club played for about three hours.  They were all ages shapes and sizes....the ukeleles as well as the people!

Walpole Barn is an old converted barn owned by Warren and Deb, friends of Sister Jane and Sam.  It is a delightful shop, filled with an eclectic mixture of wines, oysters, unique housewares and stuff.  Several Saturday afternoons each month, they have a wine tasting.  You don't have to say "wine" and "free" very often to draw a crowd!

Saturday afternoon wine-tasting at Warren & Deb's
Walpole Barn

Cindy & Sister Jane - Walpole Barn

Michael, at Bittersweet Boatyard in South Bristol, came through for us with a rental boat once again.  We headed out for Boothbay Harbor, with the intention of having lunch after watching the start of The Shipyard Cup race, a maxi-yacht sailing regatta.  The smallest boat in the race was 75' and the largest was about 155'.  They are huge, fast and magnificent.  You can check them out at:

The Shipyard Cup for Maxi Yachts - Boothbay Harbor
photo by Sam Long

Our favorite boat won...the 115' Whisper
photo by Sam Long

They start 'em young in Boothbay!
photo by Sam Long

We received a phone call from Cindy's sister, Sharie.  Three weeks ahead of schedule, our niece, Sarah had a baby girl whom she named Samamtha Anne.  The same afternoon we passed this lobster boat.  Coincidence?  I think not.  This child is bound to be exceptional...She already has a boat named after her!  Welcome aboard Sam!

Named after the newest member of our family?

Why we like Maine!
Port Clyde
Why we had to leave Maine!
Antique scale - Samoset Restaurant - New Harbor
We had a delightful week in Maine.  It was cool and frequently overcast with a bit of Maine rain thrown in for good measure.  But that was OK with us.  It didn't stop us from doing anything and it was certainly a welcome respite from the heat of Maryland.  Thanks once again to Sister Jane and Sam for the use of Sloop Nellie Cottage.  But now we have to get back to Morning Star.  One of us has to go to Clearwater and one of us has to deal with an earthquake and a hurricane!  Stay tuned!