The Motor Vessel "Once Around"

The Motor Vessel "Once Around"
The Motor Vessel "Once Around" in the Florida Keys

Thursday, May 26, 2011

No Such Day as "Someday"...

Is all modern wisdom now being passed on by T-shirts?  Here's my latest favorite:
"Monday...Tuesday...Wednesday...Thursday...Friday...Saturday...Sunday.  See, I told you there was no such day as Someday!"

Until three weeks ago, our loop dream was a "Someday".  When I saw this shirt I kind of smiled inwardly, knowing that my someday had come!  I would have bought that damned shirt too, but there were pictures of sailboats on it...still, I felt the thought was worth passing on.

We spent two nights in Oxford at Mears Yacht Haven.  After a couple of nights anchored out, we enjoyed being on the dock.  As we pulled in, we saw two other looper boats and another pulled in right behind us a short time later.  Great excuse for a "docktail party" at 5:00 PM.  Not that we need the excuse.  Below is a typical Oxford street.

Oxford is a quiet little town with about a half dozen eateries and not a lot else.  Just what we were looking for.  At the John Morris Inn I had one of the best Bloody Marys I have had in years.  There was an old bartender years ago by the name of Dick Leonardi who made his own mix, with just the right amount of horseradish.  He used to mix it up, taste it, shake his head and say, "This is almost too good to sell!"  I told the bartender at the Inn that, and since this was her special recipe, I made a friend for life.  Maybe the crab spring rolls I had with it helpled...

We had an interesting discussion with Garth and Kathy, our Canadian friends on Algonquin the evening before we both left Oxford.  I know that John and Linda, who cruised Mexico a few years back, will understand.  We spoke about how each time we left a port, we said farewell to our friends, not knowing if or when we would see them again.  And, that's a bit sad, but it's totally OK.  We are all on our own on this trip, and none of us would have it any other way.  Nevertheless, it's wierd.  We may see them in a few days, weeks, or months from now.  But, our paths will eventually cross and we will enjoy our time with them once again.  If nothing else, Garth and Kathy said when we get to their neck of the woods to call them.  Now, how the hell do you pronounce that city name?  Pennatanquishin???  I'll know it when I get there, I guess.  The photo below is Garth, Kathy and Zeke, their Portugese Water Dog.

We had another easy cruise of 40 miles or so up into Eastern Bay to St. Michaels, MD on Tuesday.  We had planned to stay here two nights and head up to Annapolis, but, St. Michaels is a gorgeous little town, so we booked a third night here and will skip Annapolis (great town, but we have been there before) and head straight for Baltimore on Friday.  Last night (and the night before) we launched the dinghy and took a sunset cruise of the area.  The homes along the water are completely unbelievable.  During one cruise, we got in the middle of a sailboat race,  although it was hard to tell who if anyone was leading, (booorrring).  Nobody crashed, flipped, barrel rolled or sunk, so from my perspective, it wasn't much of a race.  Since the race offered no excitement, I thought you might like to see some of the homes and buildings.  

Carrie says the movie Wedding Crashers was filmed here using the resort shown in this photo.

Yesterday (Wed.) we went to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.  It was totally cool, with everything from the history of the bay and a "screw-pile" lighthouse which they had moved to the museum, to an actual working carpentry shop where they are restoring some of the old style boats.  By the way, there was one type of boat built in Oxford called a "Bugeye".  It was used in the crab trade, and as many as 500 of them were built there.  The very first was named, "Carrie".  The Admiral liked that!

This is a photo of the lighthouse from across the harbor.

This is a shot from the top of the lighthouse of part of the museum grounds and buildings.
There is a 94 foot yacht tied off just in front of us named "Misty".  It is blue hulled with a white superstructure.  She is completely gorgeous (our boat looks like a miniature).  This morning, two of her crew were out washing her hull as I strolled the deck of our boat with a cup of coffee.  I gestured to Once Around and said to them, "Don't forget to wash your tender when you're done with the mother ship".  They grinned, but...we had to wash Once Around ourselves!  Here is Misty:

Today was a "down day".  We refueled, both literally and in spirit.  Once Around soaked up 312 gallons, we had a great lunch at the Town Docks Restaurant, and Mrs. Howell even got her toenails painted, or was that Ginger??? 

Tomorrow we are off on another 50 mile leg of our journey, this time to Baltimore Inner Harbor for the Memorial Day weekend and four nights with our first visitors from home, our great friends Rob and Denise. 

1 comment:

  1. We know there is a SOMEDAY and we know there is a SOMEBODY!!