JULY 23RD

iT’S BEEN awhile but we have wi-fi again. We went up to Frederick, MD to spend some time with Tina, don’s sister and her husband Brian. Fredericks is a lovely city and a historic one as well. Having been incorporated in 1750 something.
even new builds have to reflect the historic look of the city. You can walk everywhere, one of the perks of city living. Tina is a great cook and has been feeding us well. After dinner we walk to town and imbibe in a few “brewskis”. Got to see Washington DC, have never been. Imagine that me who has been all over the world never having been in our capital. Now I can say been there, done that. Will so bAck in cooler weather, there’s so much to see that we passed up because of the intense heat. Had lunch in Georgetown at a beautiful French bistro Maxine’s and we’re lucky to get a parking place right in front. We just got seated under a glass ceiling and the sky opened up. We drove back to the marina and spend another 2 days before taking off again.
Tonight we are in Pac something marina, can’t recall the name. The restaurant is fabulous, we both enjoyed a gourmet diner complete with our favorites “MARTINI’S”. Heading south for Outlook Point in the Outerbanks, NC. We will be anchoring out the next few nights until we get to Moorehead City, NC. There we will have access to a loaner car and will shop for food and drinks to take over to the outerbanks where we will anchor for a week or so. Especially love this anchorage because your can Dingy over to the shore and cut through the dunes to the ocean side of the island. Always great shelling and wild horses on one end and loggerhead turtles across.

I’M BACK

I am so blessed to have to have this special man in my life. Don arranged with Rob, the owner of the marina to drive us to a gem of a restaurant for my birthday. The menu resplendent with Sicilian delights. Be still my heart, stomach, frutti de mare, garlic knots, salad and a cold, crisp Pino Grigio, topped off with one of my favorite Italian Deserts, Tortufo. When dinner was finished we called our private chauffeur and back we went to this lovely marina where we are holed up for a week. Rented a car and have been all over the area which is not far from Williamsburg, VA.

We are enjoying one of the 2 salt water pools on the property and the bath facilities are a Roman delight. Who ever designed them must have been a woman because they thought of everything you would need to make taking a shower convenient and enjoyable. Not all marinas are set up like this and it was a pleasant surprise. The only setback is the wi-fi which has not been working, thus the delay in my blog update. I miss you all my friends and am sorely disappointed that we won’t be going further north to see everyone as originally planned. Like I stated before we are now fair water sailors. Been in rougher waters on the sailboat, however, sailboats are built for rough waters. We learned that Trawlers are so NOT. Signing off for now, will be back as wi-fi alows. Peace!!!!

UPDATE UPDATE

Well/here we are july 11th 1 day before the calender rolls over to another year.  How did they go by in the blink of an eye.  I find myself today in Hayes, VA in the crown point marina.  We were rocking and rolling in the Chesapeake for about 4 hours when we decided enough was enough.  i spotted this piece of land and Don re navigated to see where this would take us.  Anywhere out of the wretched Chesapeake.  My dear friends we got the hell out of that waterway from the devil today and realized it would only have gotten worst and we like nice and easy.  The Rapahonek River took us to a place with no following seas (they make the boat rock from side to side), no tides fighting the winds and poor Don having to be Mr. Strength of Ten Men.

we found this  nice marina with a pool called Crown Point and decided to stay for 2 days.  If the Chesapeake doesn’t calm down we are scrapping our plans to go north.  After the Chesapeake we would have gone into the Delaware Canal which is worse and then out to the ocean to get to Manasquan Inlet.   Sorry Tina, Gina and Phil you’ll have to come south to see us.  WE have become sissy’s and only do southern waterways.  The northern  passage is not for us.

It’s been a tougher day then we had anticipated and not to our liking.  Looks like we will be heading back south and spending sometime in Norfolk and probably the outerbanks of North Carolina.  Stay tuned, the only thing you can count on in sailing is change, got to be flexible to survive this life.  Good night from the Nomad. with love, hugs and kisses.

MOPING & GLOWING

Today is boatkeeping day.  made that up, but, we are cleaning everything that doesn’t move.  I hate housework but dirt is even more intolerable to me.   Need to figure out how to use the washer & dryer, laundry is piling up and underware is running out.  I’m taking a break, had my first shower on the boat I usually use the marina facilities, however, i was just too tired to walk the 1/2 mile to get there.  why do the put us so far away from the showers, must look like we need the exercise. still in Hampton, VA at the salty pond marina.  Angela don’s sister has been fabulous and is driving us all over.  Did food shopping yesterday and got stuff we didn’t know we needed until we began the journey.

We have had diner with her and Marty 2 days going as well as breakfast yesterday at some place called Tommy’s had to wait for a table.  Worth it very good food.   The weather has been great and we get a good breeze off the Chesapeake especially on the Tiki Deck, where we spend most of our time when not in the air conditioned bedroom.

Signing off from the NOMAD.  God Bless.

4TH of JULY

We are in Hampton, VA at the Salt Pond Marina. Good pool, restaurant and bar have closed since our last time here. Very disappointing. Today we celebrated with Angelo and Marty Don’s sister and husband. She made the best ribs and baked potatoes, with fresh tomatoes and coleslaw. All the beer you can consume. We are back on the boat getting ready for the fireworks. HAPPY 4TH to one and all.

3 DAYS LATER

We just left Oriental, NC. Ate breakfast at the bean, incredible coffee and homemade muffins. The best. Spent 2 days at the Oriental Marina, shopping the little boutiques and art galleries, also got to relax at their pool for the day. The restaurant here is expensive here but the martini’s are beyond marvelous and the food is pretty good too.

Across the Albermarle River was rocking, like a mother. Finally made it to an anchorage for the night after 12 hours of sailing up the ICW. Beautiful night, not too bad without AC, manage to get a good night’s sleep for our net days adventure which brought us too Conjack Marina in NC. This place looks like a dump but it’s quite popular and expensive. Great restaurant, we had lunch there, real onion rings, and one of the best bacon, cheese burgers ever. Dinner was a light salad with a Moscow Mule at the bar. You needed reservations, which we never thought of making, popular place and packed. We were lucky to get a seat at the bar. Now, plans were to stay at the bar for a few and catch some music, however, the mind is willing but the body gave out so off to the boat we went for the evening.
Morning comes early on a boat. For those of you who know me it’s not my thing, mornings for me start in the afternoon, or there abouts. Another thing that happens is that you loose complete track of time.

All I can tell you is that it’s now Monday night and we are at some place called the Atlantic Yatch Club, don’t thing fancy far from it. We had to walk about a mile for dinner at a little family owned Mexican place. Good but hardly worth the hike in the heat and rain on the way back. Are you following me, this high maintenance chick has taken a back seat for Ro the sailor.

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June 27th

We are started on our 2nd attempt to sail north. The first being interrupted by a listing boat, which thankfully is not taking on water. After much deliberation, we are off again. Another beautiful day has greeted our journey and we will enjoy calm seas, bright sunshine and beautiful breezes. Sailed about 9 hours today and will spend the night at Mile Hammock a beautiful anchorage north of Wilmington, NC.

Ro at sunset, Mile Hammock, June 27, 2017.
 Ro at sunset