Tuesday, October 31, 2006

End of Summer

Elizabeth City, NC

Well, yesterday marked the end of our summer season when we were blessed with so many sailing guests. First we had Jerry and Phyllis in Solomons, then Nancy, Karl, Lena and Alex in Buzzards Bay, then Nancy and Lena to Isle of Shoals, then Richard, Warene, Gordon and Janet in Portsmouth, then Carmello and Diane. Finally, we just finished a great week with John and Mary Ann. It ended yesterday as I drove John and Mary Ann back to Urbanna Va in a rented car.

The weather turned really beautiful yesterday, just to show John and Mary Ann a sample. It was sunny, still, and T-shirt warm.

When we arrived in Urbanna it was like old home week. We met our friend Diana the dock master. Our sailing buddy Gary was also at the dock talking to Diane. Our friend Roger was anchored out, just were we saw him last. They were all preparing for the Urbanna Oyster Festival this coming weekend when 50-80,000 people descend on this little town of 500. I'm glad that we won't be there then.

Driving back to Elizabeth City, I hit traffic and it took me four hours to travel 90 miles. That's the first time I've had to deal with traffic in years. It reminds me of how lucky we are to not be a part of that life any more.

We'll be leaving Elizabeth City today with no goal and no plan yet. I haven't decided whether to head for Belhaven or Hoboken next. We'll decide enroute. Either way it will be slow progress with 5=10 knot headwinds.

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