► Excuse me, did you say whore party?: August 23, 2012

Thursday 23 August 2012

Journey: Triple L Estate – Kingfishers, Solomons Island, Triple L Estate

Lori and I planned on going to the Beer Tasting Dinner at Kingfishers. Prior to leaving I wanted to fill up the fuel tank since I’ve done a great deal of boating on a 12 gallon tank of fuel. I only needed about eight and a half gallons to fill it up again. That means with less than 9 gallons I have gone to Broomes Island and back, down the Chickahominy River, into the James River, up the Chickahominy River, and out to the regatta. The Chickahominy trip alone equaled about 30 miles. We certainly would not have gone that far with 9 gallons in the big boat.

As we entered the Solomons cove area we had to dodge the small no keel boats that headed out for their evening regatta. We arrived at Kingfishers a bit later than I had hoped. It takes quite a bit longer scooten around the river in the little sea skiff than in the large bow rider. Ok, so comparison of motors may have a LOT to do with it – 25 hp vs. 350 hp. Yep, just a bit of a difference. I saw Julie already at a table, with her friend, and asked if the empty seats across from them were reserved. Yes – for me and Lori. Excellent. We had a lot of fun talking with Julie and Kelly.

The featured brewery was Gordon Biersch with a menu consisting of:

1. Crab Quesadilla- Lump crab meat, cheddar jack, Chesapeake Salsa, and a zesty ranch. Paired with PILSNER.
2. Lobster Bisque- Made with sherry and blended with rice and cold water lobster meat. Paired with BLONDE BOCK.
3. Shark Au Poivre- Peppercorn crusted Atlantic Dogfish shark finished in cognac cream sauce. Served with summer squash and mashed potatoes. Paired with MARZEN.
4. Pork Tenderloin- Roasted, sliced and topped with a whiskey peach barbecue sauce. Paired with FESTBIER.
5. Piña Colada Cake- Vanilla cake with brown sugar, pineapples, coconut cream icing, and fluffy coconut on the outside. Paired with HEFEWEIZEN.

Since I don’t eat seafood, Eric needed to have a slightly modified menu for me. I had chicken quesadilla, salad with fried goat cheese, a VERY good rib eye steak, pork tenderloin and the desert. I ended up taking home a lot of left overs.

It does amaze me that some beers which I really don’t like one bit, ie: Hefeweizen beers, can be the favorite beer for others. Of all the beers we drank, I preferred the Marzen and Festbier while Julie and Vince preferred the Hefeweizen. The one I detested so much that I would rather not drink at all than to drink that. Aaahhh, the joy of diversity.

We enjoyed a wonderful meal together. At one point we started to discuss a Cancer benefit weekend Kelly had participated in that traveled up the Bay and to the Eastern Shore. As she’s talking I had to stop her and ask, “Excuse me, but did you just say you had a whore party?” Julie laughed and said, “NO, they had a BEFORE party.” Oh, that makes more sense, although a Whore Party sounds more interesting.

We finally left close to 9 o’clock – well after sunset and deep into dark. As we rounded Solomons Island and headed up river we noticed a small little light bobbing just a few inches above the water. Wanting to investigate we traveled towards the light. As we approached we realized it was some knucklehead in a kayak! As we got closer he took a flashlight and shined it towards us. Lori said, “Yeah, we see you.” We got up close and Lori told him that: a) he’s lucky we are a small boat traveling slow, otherwise we would not have seen him, and b) that being out after dark in a kayak is extremely illegal. “Oh really,” the buffoon responded. My last comment to him was if he keeps going out like this he’ll soon be dead.

We then headed for home. As we came to the channel leading to Cuckold Creek we went very slow looking for the unlit green marker. We never did see it, but we went slow looking. I regretted not having brought the spot light. Then, I remembered we had not turned on any lights on the pier for our return. As we approached our pier a really regretted not having any lights on or the spot light. Although the moon light had provided some assistance, as we neared our place the tree line shadowed the pier casting it into extreme darkness. Even with the added challenges we did arrive safely home.

Time: depart Triple L at 5:40 pm – arrive Kinfishers at 6:05 pm, depart at 8:40 pm arrive Triple L at 9:10 pm
Vessel: 18’ Simmons Sea Skiff replica
Conditions: slightly rough water on the way to Solomons Island, fairly flat on return home

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