MONDAY 3 OCTOBER 2016
Journey: Triple L Estate – Mill Creek, Hollywood – Calvert Marina (fuel dock), Solomons – Hidden Harbor – Spring Cove Marina, Solomons – Calvert Marina (floating docks), Solomons – Triple L Estate
I had taken the day off in the hopes we would be going away for the weekend. Unfortunately, we had a weekend of crappy weather which kept us at home. It seems like all summer every time we planned on a weekend journey on the boat we ended up with a nasty weather weekend.
As we departed Cuckold Creek, I noticed M/V Red Head anchored in Mill Creek. Such a distinctive boat, it’s hard not to notice. We cruised around Red Head, simply to admire her beauty. I did hope to see activity on decks in order to say hello to the occupants, J and K. We had met them at Stock Island Village Marina when we had gone down to Key West to visit Bob and Stephanie. At that time, J and K still had A’cappella. I did wear my Active Captain hat, just in case we did chat with them. Yes, I wanted to show it off to the Active Captain inventors.
Since we didn’t see activity on Red Head, we continued our journey to Solomons Island. We saw quite a few work and charter boats coming into Solomons. As we approached Calvert Marina’s fueling dock, M/V Erben Renewal sat on the outside fueling. We snuck into the inside area and filled our tank with gas, departing long before Erben Renewal had finished.
We planned on having dinner at Hidden Harbour in order to try their meatloaf special. The NOAA vessel, R/V Bay Hydro II sat at the end of the pier behind M/V Reliant, which is where we usually dock. I looked down to Calvert Marina floating docks, where Bay Hydro II usually sits, and noticed what looked like a lot of activity thus explaining why Bay Hydro had moved
We made our way towards the restaurant, discovering a long pier that ran, essentially, adjacent to the restaurant with plenty of water. Excellent. Better than taking a slip in the hopes that it didn’t belong to a charter boat that might come in while we ate. At the restaurant we were told they had just ended their specials just a week or two ago. DRAT. Oh well, we still had a nice time.
Afterwards I wanted to ride up past Spring Cove Marina to look at their slips. Along the way, we passed the Calvert Marina floating docks. A large number of trawlers lined up along both sides, stacked stern towards pier and bows overlapping. Wow, tight squeeze. Certainly had to be a tight turn to rotate 90 degrees to align their stern to the pier – especially those on the inner section between the two floating docks.
As we left Solomons we noticed a large vessel coming in from the Bay. Being ever so curious, I headed out the direct channel to the Bay in order to have a closer look. A beautiful yacht named Moon River from St. Petersburg made its way towards the island. It always amazes and delights me to see the variety of vessels that pass this way.
On our way up river I spotted a loon. I thought to myself, ‘Yikes, they don’t usually show up until winter. This does not bode well for us.’
Time: 2:35 pm – 5:30 pm
Conditions: FINALLY a decent day of weather, sunny with partly cloudy sky
Passengers: Capt. KandL
Vessel: ‘Gurlz Gotta Eat’