2018-09-28 — Kingston, NY–Annapolis, MD

Kingston NY turned out to be a real gem of a stop. Hurricane Florence coupled with the unexpected loss of a dear and lovely woman it was exactly the place we needed exactly when we needed it. We had found a place that was safe and secure and where we could leave the boat for a few days without concern.  We actually stayed at two different marinas. The first further up the river right next to an ancient lock which was really cool!

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We did have some down-time so it was “varnish off time.” Talk about instant gratification!

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So far, so good making progress.

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Have also been working on a monitor for our solar panels. It is based on a Arduino micro-controller which will talk to a Raspberry Pi single board computer via a Wifi UDP.

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The data is displayed using Whilhelm SK on am Ipad. Enough geekdom.

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Magnolia had a terrific parking spot among the hills of New York.

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The high point of the visit though was out trip to Connecticut. We were able share a wonderful evening with Ted & Sally (Amici) and Al & Michele (Kindred Spirit) . We had such a fun time and grateful for these moments!

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Finally we were we underway and headed for the Chesapeake.

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First we make a stop in lovely Croton-on-Hudson, New York but early next morning we off for the Chesapeake.

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The Tampazee Bridge is under construction with limited vessel traffic which cause for a major traffic jam.

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Passing the Disney Ship we were still feeling lucky to be aboard Magnolia.

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New York in the rearview camera…..

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Rounding Sandy Hook Light.

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We made an overnight passage of the coast of New Jersey in not GREAT conditions but we “got’r done.” We rounded up into Delaware Bay just before dawn right into an outgoing tide. That slowed our progress to a crawl.

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We arrived Reedy Point Anchorage in the late afternoon and anchored just across from the Salem Nuclear Plant….

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and about 5 miles south the Delaware Memorial Bridge at Wilmington, Delaware.

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The next day we had favorable conditions so made another long hop down the Chesapeake Bay to Annapolis, Maryland

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Our efforts were rewarded to be re-united with our “Freshmen Year Classmates” Frank & MaryMarie (EleanorQ) and Dan and Marcia (Cutting Class)

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Magnolia & Cutting Class anchored at “Camp Q”

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After spending a couple days with Frank and MaryMarie it was time to move down to Galesville, MD where we were getting 300ft of 3/8-G4 anchor chain. It also allowed us to catch up with Burt&Prue (Exuberant), Ron&Nancy (Mandala) and John&Lizzy (Quetzal)

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After 6 years, I finally feel like we have slowed down and finding a good rhythm to balance seeing friends and the need to move when the weather is good.  It is good to be back in home and familiar waters but this summers trip and was an amazing experience. It was so wonderful and we are so appreciative of those of you we were able to see and the time and effort you spent to come see us along the way.

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This is certainly an adventure we will not soon for get!

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