Saturday 29 November 2014
Journey: Triple L Estate – Spring Cove Marina, Solomons – Kingfishers, Solomon’s Island – Triple L Estate
I arrived home just before Thanksgiving after having traveled for over three weeks to Lesotho, Zambia, and Malawi. I also arrived just before an onslaught of nasty weather, which kept us sequestered in the house staying warm and dry. Not until today did we have somewhat decent weather so, of course, I wanted to go out for a ride.
We went first to Spring Cove Marina in order to top off on fuel. Now with the approaching winter weather we want to be diligent about keeping the fuel topped up. As it is advised during the winter – securing fuel should be your first priority. On our way to Spring Cove we had the delight of seeing an Oyster Buyboat tied up at Solomons Yachting Center. It ended up being the Thomas J from Rolph’s Wharf on the Chester River. Bonus.
After fueling we agreed to go to Kingfishers to say “Hi” and have a snack. When we arrived, and had docked quite nicely, we went to enter the patio door but it was locked! What?! Did they see us coming and lock the door? As an appeasement Eric, the Gate Keeper, greeted us with a beer in hand for each of us. Now that’s more like it. Another boat sat docked at Kingfishers, from Colonial Beach. It looked as it had been partying all the way down the Potomac River and into Solomons.
We sat at the bar. Although we recognized a few people and said ‘Hello’, it didn’t seem as though anyone cared to engage in conversation with us… which was fine. Vincent hadn’t seen our boat before so I took him out for a tour. He’s a staunch anti-motor boat guy, but he really liked out boat. He said, “If Ernest Hemmingway were alive, this would be the boat he would have.”
Once other people at the bar realized that it was our boat they all came out and crawled onto the boat for a tour. Funny, earlier they barely gave us a second glance now we were superstars. Katie said she and her boyfriend had looked at this boat during the boat show and picked it as their “dream boat.”
Once people had completed their tour, Lori and I headed for home.
Engine Hrs: 67.1 – 68.5 Time: 12:50 pm – 4:00 pm
Vessel: Beneteau Barracuda 9
Spring Cove Marina
36.5 gallons @ 67.7 hrs
(Gauge read 29.5 gallons used)