► Spontaneity: June 16 & 17, 2012

It seems that when we have nothing planned for the weekend we end up having the most fun.

Saturday 16 June 2012

Journey: Triple L Estate – St. Leonard’s Creek – Vera’s White Sands Beach Club – Stoney’s, Broomes Island – Triple L Estate

Vessel: Chaparral 260 SSi Bowrider

Saturday afternoon we met up with friends, in the big boat, at a sandy beach area near the mouth of St. Leonard’s Creek. Although I’ve been in and out of that creek many times, I’ve never before noticed this little beach cove. We motored in fairly close to shore, and then threw out the anchor. From there we walked to the beach in waist deep water, thanks to a high tide. I can foresee this as a spot in which we will return to in the near future.

After spending a bit of time talking on the beach, we then traveled up to Vera’s White Sands Beach Club which hosted a bikini contest and band. It didn’t take long for us to realize that this scene did not provide much enjoyment, it just “wasn’t our scene”. In fact, the music made for a less than pleasant experience. We quickly decided to travel up the Patuxent River to Broomes Island. A friend of ours rode along in our boat and asked that we slowly cruise along in order to chat.

While at Broomes we met two couples on the pier in the process of docking and tying up. We tried to talk the ladies in joining us at the bar while the men finished securing the boat. One lady commented that no, she should wait, and somehow related it to Father’s Day. Lori informed her, “Darling, today is not Father’s Day, and that man is NOT your father.” With that, one lady agreed and walked with us to the bar. We actually quite enjoyed talking with them.I hope to see them again.

At one point, the woman asked us how we all met. “Here at this bar,” we explained. I started thinking – hum, if it wasn’t for this bar I’d have a lot fewer friends.

Later in the afternoon, the woman tried to remember everyone’s name. She pointed at me and asked, “Leslie?” I didn’t quite here her and asked, “Are you saying Lezzie? If you are then you are right. If you are saying Leslie then that’s wrong.”

Sunday 17 June 2012

Journey: Triple L Estate – Mill Creek, Hollywood – Hellens Creek – Stoney’s, Broomes Island – Triple L Estate

Vessel: 18’ Simmons Sea Skiff replica

Sunday morning we finally purchased a fishing license for our little skiff. (Our skiff is a hand-made wood boat using the plans from a Simmons Sea Skiff) We put some fish poles in the skiff and headed out on the water. We first passed through the anchored boats in Mill Creek cove area south of Clarkes Landing. We then motored into a small creek and discovered a marina (Joy Marina) that I didn’t know existed in our “neighborhood.”

Lori then had the great idea to explore Hellens Creek – where a private family island sits at the entrance. We were both amazed at how much water lay tucked back in this tiny creek. At a few points we stopped the motor, drifted, and tried our hand at fishing. No bites, not even a nibble. We did enjoy just motoring around in the back waters looking at the houses and the natural preservation areas.

The afternoon proved to be quite chilly. When clouds covered the sun it became actually rather cold. On several occasions we wished we had packed a sweatshirt.

As the afternoon progressed, hunger and thirst became a concern. Lori agreed to zip up to Stoney’s, Broomes Island for a snack and a drink. Yesterday our friend had promised to come to our house today and bring mudslides. Unfortunately, too much fun yesterday led to a day of no rallying and no mudslide delivery. I, on the other hand, had been craving mudslides ever since it was mentioned hence why I wanted to go out for a drink rather than return home.

We had a small snack, a few drinks then returned home at dusk.

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