► Cove Point Lighthouse: August 11, 2013

Sunday 11 August 2013

Journey: Triple L Estate – Forest Landing – J’s creek – Triple L Estate

Conditions: overcast, cool
Vessel: 23’ Seaway fishing boat
Terry, Thelma, Sophie and me

When we left the pier, a light rain had started. The short lived rain left behind an overcast sky and cool weather. We did a short cruise along some of the finger creeks off Cuckold Creek. Went to Forest Landing and then down past J’s house.

Journey: Triple L Estate – Calvert Marina, Solomons – Cove Point Lighthouse – Triple L Estate

Engine Hrs: 497.8 – 499.2 Time: 1:20 pm – 3:00 pm
Conditions: overcast, cool
Vessel: Chaparral 260 SSi Bowrider
Lori, Terry, Thelma, Chloe, Jordan, Kelsey, me

jordan kelseyOnce it looked as though the rain had passed, we all got in the boat to go out to Cove Point Lighthouse.

We had to first stop for fuel. We first stopped at Solomons Yachting Center but were told they had run out of gas. What!? How did that happen? Obviously, someone somewhere didn’t keep track of shipments and fuel levels. Oh well, instead we went to Calvert Marina.

lighthouse restaurantEach time we pass through the area it’s nice to see progress on the Lighthouse Restaurant. They now have the lighthouse cupola built. I look forward to when that opens… I hope it’s nice.

When we finished fueling we headed out towards the lighthouse. Going to Cove Point allowed everyone to say they have been officially out on the Chesapeake Bay AND to say they have seen a working lighthouse. I had hoped there would be some ships docked at the fueling station, especially a British Merchant Marine ship – which we’ve seen in the past. No such luck.
cove pt lighthouse

terry thelma chloe lighthouse

jordan kelsey lighthouse

shipbow push water

fish traps

Journey: Triple L Estate – Kingfishers, Solomons Island – Triple L Estate
Time: 8:00 om – 10:00 pm
Conditions: warm and humid but then quite chilly while underway, mostly flat
Vessel: 23’ Seaway fishing boat

Jordan, Kelsey, Terry and I went to Kingfishers so that Kelsey could pick up crab cakes for her parents. We left slightly before dusk. It was rather chilly while underway, so much so that Terry and I quickly donned our sweatshirts.

When we arrived at Kingfishers, I pointed out to Jordan, “Oh, look, the Skip Jack is back at the museum, now you’ll have to something to avoid while you park.” “What?” he asks, “I’m parking?” “Absolutely.” He asked for suggestions, and I simply told him to do it like we always do. He had PLENTY of room, but it can be a bit intimidating at first. He did fine.

As he got off the boat, Jordan said, “That’s as dark as I feel comfortable driving..” “Well,” I respond, “you better get more comfortable because it’s not going to get any lighter going home.” “What? I’m driving home?” he asked with a bit a trepidation in his voice. “But of course, better to practice now while I’m with you.”

We stayed for a few drinks while waiting for the crab cakes.

Jordan drove home, in the dark. We all wore our life vests, which is good practice, especially at night. I was glad I had remembered to bring the spot light so that I could shine it on the markers for him. Terry loved the spotlight, and now wants that on his list of new toys to get. The fluorescing jellies happened to be out so I made sure to point them out to Kelsey. It is pretty cool to watch.

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