July 22, 2014

July 18 - 21, 2014  Days 82-85  North End of the Chesapeake Bay!
North East River Yacht Club
North East River, MD

We enjoyed listening to the weekly AGLCA radio talk program Friday morning. Our Looper friend, Tom Ray (Raydiance) was the guest speaker, and he gave a very good presentation of his and Linda’s two month cruise on Lake Superior.

Our good friends, and former neighbors from the 80’s, Donna & Amado Fernandez and their Golden Retriever, Baloo arrived Saturday morning. We had not seen them in a few years and it was wonderful to have them on board.  We went to lunch at the Wellwood Restaurant in the small nearby historic town of Charlestown, and shortly after we returned we got everything ready for a boat ride!  We went down the North East River into the Bay and turned north on the Elk River at the Turkey Point Lighthouse.  We took them as far as Hollywood Beach which is where Bill’s family built a summer cottage in the 1950’s.   We were amazed at the number of cigarette boats we saw on the river, until we learned they were in a Poker Run for charity!  We had dinner on the fly bridge while we were underway, since we did not get back until 7pm.  It was a fun cruise! 

Donna & Amado
We came back to our dock and visited all evening catching up on old times!  We were so glad they could spend the night! We continued our visit through Sunday afternoon when they had to depart to return to northern Virginia. We are already discussing plans to travel together again. Cruising with friends is the best! By the way, Baloo acclimated to the boat extremely well!

We spent Monday preparing for our departure on Tuesday – made a final provisioning trip, returned the rental car, washed the boat (again), did laundry, and of course plotted the course to head south on the Bay!