2016-06-29–“Home” but not much relaxing…..

After departing Washington DC we have been a bastion of non-stop activity…some fun some work so its all good!

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After stopping and visiting the Metts Family again in Fairview Beach it was off to Solomons Island. On the way we passed

Naval Air Station Patuxent River. They must have cool stuff going on with all those antennas!!!

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The real reason for the visit was a quick catchup with S/V Runaway whom homeport in Solomons. We had not seen Matt & Marti since the Bahamas so was great to catch up.

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Prior to meeting up with Pentagon Sailing Club raftup Magnolia made a quick trip on out to Cambridge Maryland, one of our favorite spots. Runaway had shared some history information and we really enjoyed following up on that. Had no idea Cambridge was such a key player during the struggle for civil rights.

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There is a lovely basin right in the middle of town to anchor and City Hall provides free WIFI.

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I really dropped the ball on pictures at the PSC RaftUp but did score a good shot of Ray’s boat SV Etude.

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We arrived in our “homeport” of Galesville MD then on the Memorial Day.

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Its a little weird being gone for so long and then returning back to familiar surroundings.

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Our dear friends Burt and Prue aboard SV Exuberant had already arrived and we spent some great times catching up. We were last together in Vero Beach, Fl but no matter we seem always to cross paths along the way somewhere.

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As soon as we arrived we got right to work getting boat chores done. We started out easy, Annette getting the life raft to Baltimore for recertification and I getting the teak threshold stripped and varnished.

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We were able to meet up with Frank and MaryMarie of SV EleanorQ in Annapolis and entertained by a storm and a rainbow.

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We spent a great deal of our first season with these two and figured a lot of things out together, memories last a lifetime!

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Not sure why the picture was taken at night but I had spent the day getting the water line cleaned up. It really was gleaming!

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As much as many things about this yard make me crazy…the view is spectacular and even more so with a chilled glass of wine!

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One high of the highlight of our time in Galesville is having the opportunity to visit out friends Jack and Kathy in New Jersey. There was an extra bonus of having Joe and Christine visiting from North Carolina. We wanted to get a group picture before we boarded Jack’s Checker for a trip to the ice creame store.

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There is lots of leg room in the back seat!!!

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It seems that our visit coincides with setup for the church festival and so for the last 4 years running we have had the “opportunity” to assist in setting things up. As you can see the ladies came by to check our progress…probably on the way to the spa!!!

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You do have to appreciate the Roman Catholics for their refreshments, even if it is 11:00 am!

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Caitlin and Christina flanking Jack and Hoban brother Joe.

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A visit to Mr & Mrs Hobans home is like visiting my grandparents..their home is always so warm and welcoming.

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As soon as we returned to Magnolia is was back to work getting the new water heater installed.

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Being social EleanorQ and Slow Waltz visiting in Annapolis.

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Had a new backing plate made for the aft cabin top cleats. It was previously washers and looked unsightly. Now matching Stainless Steel.

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My cousin Suzie messaged and said they were on a cruise and wanted to know if we were close…Magnolia was anchored in Shady Side, a few short miles away. As I write this we are underway for Baltimore and hopefully will meet them tomorrow (Saturday) morning when they arrive.

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Jimmy and Kaitlyn through a cook out on their DC rooftop patio which we enjoyed thoroughly!

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Anthony, Jim III and Lucas

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We made a stop back at 1805 Crystal Drive and visited with Kathy, Ron, Pat and Will, always good to catch up!

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One of the final projects was to get the spare chart plotter installed in the Navigation Station which required relocating the Single Side Band (HAM) radio. Came out nice and works great!!!

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