July 29 & 30
But not without our share of boating frustrations. Buddy has been working diligently all summer trying to repair the dinghy. He has patched and rolled and inflated and deflated that thing more times than I care to count. I threatened to order a new one and went so far as to pick it out with the help of a trusted resource, but he was determined (hard headed) to make it last for this season. So after using fix-a-flat for dinghies a second time, he brought the dinghy to the boat, inflated it just before we were ready to leave, and guess what? It didn't hold air. DOH. No dinghy for us in the Sassafras. Good thing we have generous friends.
So we left a little off schedule Friday afternoon with the All In on our stern. Packed with food and swim toys, we left the Baltimore harbor (and our deflated dinghy) behind. We had smooth seas and sunny skies for the two hour trip north. It is a world of difference from the industrialized port of Baltimore to the tall cliffs and green landscapes of Cecil County. From the mouth of the river, the Sassafras provides lovely, scenic cruising grounds. It twists and turns and is home to lots of wildlife and many beautiful estates, one of which belongs to the DuPonts of Delaware, with its picturesque green boat house and gazebo.
Fanatical as some of us are about the sunsets, on this particular Friday night there would be none for us, so we headed over to Signals at the Skip Jack Marina for dinner. We had planned to dine outdoors on the patio, but the heat and threat of a storm moved us inside. There were 16 of us seated at two separate tables and we pretty much had the place to ourselves, which was probably best (we weren't exactly quiet). The meal was reasonably priced and the food good. I had the Steak & Cake, and the crab cake was fantastic, living up to its name as "Best of the Bay". Again, the key lime pie was tasty (what I had of it anyway - inside joke). We made our way on dinghies in the dark back to our raft up, where we disbursed to our respective boats. Some took dogs ashore, some went up on the bow hoping the meteor shower would start early, some had a night cap and talked quietly with the neighbors.
|Noodle swim party*|
|Even Lexi went for a swim*|
|Waiting for the sun to set*|
|Sunset in the Sassafras|
*Pictures compliments of Sara Ingram