Saturday 5 May 2018
Journey: Triple L Estate – Garden Point community pier, Hollywood – Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons – Lighthouse Restaurant, Solomons Island – Triple L Estate
The Admiral had already started the engines prior to my boarding the vessel, so I’m unsure of the exact start hours.
In the early afternoon Pey and Pip had come over to borrow a PFD vest for Pey. Of course, we had one that fit her perfectly. I’m glad they thought to come to our house for a vest. They had planned on swimming off the community pier and all of Pey’s gear had already been packed for their move. As they skipped away I reminded them to always be safe.
On our way out of the cove we decided to swing by the community pier. Br, R, D and the kids were all there. The 4 older kids (aged 5 – 8, not to be confused with the 11 month old) played on a sea-kayak like thing. Whatever it was – they certainly seemed to be having fun. As we approached the pier, the adults began to pull in the fishing lines they had in the water. With the kids playing and splashing off the kayak, I can’t imagine they were having much luck with catching any fish.
We tied up at the community pier to chat. The kids came running up the pier, wanting a closer look at our boat. Fine. As they climbed aboard I specifically said, “Just DON’T TOUCH any buttons.” In a very short time an extremely loud blast emanated from the pilot house. M had pushed the air horn button. I ducked my head inside and said, “What did I say? I told you NOT to touch any button.” M stammered, “Well, I didn’t think it would make that noise.” “That doesn’t matter,” I said, “I told you not to touch.” Hopefully that message sinks in just a little bit. He stammered a bit more but to no avail.
When we finished our brief chat, the kids climbed off the boat, and we headed for Solomons Island.
We arrived at Calvert MARINE Museum as a MARINER to attend the MARITIME Festival … but as a MARINER, the MARINE museum had no dockage for us to enjoy the MARITIME event. We knew the William B. Tennison occupied the area directly in front of Drum Point Lighthouse, so we didn’t even consider docking in their slip. A long blue boat occupied a significant portion of the pier nearest the floating dock, so much so that there wasn’t enough space to tie up even half of our vessel. We went to the far left area to tie up on the outside of the pier shared with the Wm. B. Tennison slip.
As we began to lasso some pilings with our lines, some people came up to tell us we couldn’t doc there because of the Wm. B. Tennison. We pointed out that she docks on the other side. Yes, true, but no, we couldn’t dock there because the Wm. B. Tennison needs that space in order to turn around. Seriously?! The Wm. B. Tennison has the ENTIRE EMPTY basin in which to turn around… but no.
So, essentially, we, as MARINERS, were turned away from a MARITIME Festival at a MARINE museum because the MARINE museum, located on the water no less, could not accommodate a single MARINER vessel. What a load of crap! Obvious the MARINE museum, located on the water, sponsoring a MARITIME festival only wants land-based visitor not marine-based visitors.
We instead decided to go to the Lighthouse for a late lunch – early dinner.
Hrs: boat already started
upon Captain Kristine’s arrival at 325.2/324.2 hours – 326.6/325.6
Time: end at 4:05 pm
End gallons used: 38.6 gallons
Vessel: ‘Gurlz Gotta Eat’
Passengers: Captain K and Admiral L