2010-08-07 – Crew Shake Down Cruise

We were finally able to assemble the crew (Friend Jill from Pentagon Sailing Club and Cousin Dan McAndrews) of Magnolia for our shake-down cruise. The initial plan was to head over to St. Michaels, MD (eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay) for a late lunch and be back to our homeport of Galesville MD before night fall.

Unfortunately the wind did not cooperate as well as we hoped so we came up a bit short of St. Michaels. None the less we were able to find a pleasant little cove in the Eastern Bay which made for a great temporary anchorage to Barbeque some lunch.

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Of course there needed to be a post cruise celebration. Unfortunately, Jill the responsible one needed to go and study for her doctorate exams or something. That simply left Dan, Annette and I to celebrate our conquest….which we did!

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2010-06-11 Magnolia Update

Wow, we really are boat owners! Some might be scratching your heads saying, you just figured that out? Well the truth be told we were so busy with the purchase of Magnolia and working with Greg & Maria preparing to bring her home that you don’t have time to consider such mundane thoughts. Throughout the entire spring my mantra had been “I will relax when we get her home.” Happily Magnolia is home, I am relaxing and my dear wife still tolerates me. Truth be told she enjoys being a boat owner as much or more than I. Last weekend was really our first underway period without having the much more experienced Greg & Marie (adult supervision) onboard. They left us in good stead and we did just fine. It was a simple out and back to Thomas Point Light but it was good! This weekend we will be taking my cousins Dan, George & Julie McAndrews for a sail on the bay. Looking forward to it! In addition we will be moving “Blossom” our Dinghy off the forecastle where she has been resting since Florida to her home on the Davits at the stern. We will be shorting Magnolia a little time this weekend in favor or going to Arizona to see my grandfather Emerson (101 years old) and a brief visit with my cousin Sheridan  before returning to Tucson for a week of Missile Monkey time. Have a great week!

I read this earlier today and thought you may enjoy or at least cause for thought:

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream at night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.

from “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom”
T. E. Lawrence

Be Safe
Anthony & Annette

2010-05-18 Petey

Petey was the small green gray bird who sailed with us for a short time as he was seeking asylum and respite on his wayward journey. He touched our lives during his short visit with us – reminding us to help others along the way and bring a bit of joy to those who do help us out. Unfortunately Petey was too weary and succumbed while aboard Magnolia. (He scared the bejesus out of me when I found him under the settee pillow.) We held a funeral at sea for him. Magnolia has lost one small soul. Thanks for visiting us, Petey. RIP.