Day 26 - Annapolis, MD to C&D Canal, DE

Our stay in Annapolis sadly came to an end today. We enjoyed a lovely 2 days with friends and family. Bruce's nephew Jamie stopped in for a while and had a lovely dinner with 8 of us at the marina restaurant "Sam's on the Waterfront".  My sister and her family visited with us the whole time we were here (yeah!). They even cajoled Chris's ( my sister) co-workers to play hookey and join us! We hung out in (not "at" but "in") the Marina pool as it was too scorching hot to be anywhere else --- other than in the air conditioning inside the boat. Thank goodness for the wonderful air conditioning or we never would have been able to sleep one minute. 

We had a lovely lunch with one set of our Kadey- Krogen frinds and (last) evening visiting with some more of our Kadey-Krogen friends.  And my sister Chris and her son, Erik spent the second night with us as well. Alas, we unceremoniously dumped them off at the un-godly houor of 6am so we could take off for Delaware today. (Sorry guys!)

Thanks for vistiing everyone. We LOVED every minute of it!

Today we are off to the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal. We are off early because the weather predicts some wicked storms to come in later in the afternoon. We really need to be docked before that happens because we are definitely not ready to be on the waterway when real storms hit. NO thank you!

Here is what the morning looks like. It is dead calm, gloomy looking and again super- hot -- 81 degrees at 6am. There are nasty gnats everywhere. It is not a lovely morning. We approach a tall bridge first thing....

Soon, thankfully, a light breeze kicks in so we are more comfortable for the rest of the day. There are lots of bigs this time of year on the chesapeake, though. Seriously annoying. Our fly swatter is working double time today.

We do enjoy a nice strong current pushing us along today. We keep up a relatively steady 9.7 knots. cool! We should arrive earlier than planned. That is a good thing!

Boat traffic is light around us today. We see some commercial traffic, of course.....

And some sailboats out...no sails up, though. There is truly no point....

We come to a nice narrow section of the bay and enjoy a little house voyeurism.... we are back to the land of enormous waterfront estate homes like these....

 

and, thankfully, some sections of more normal houses as well....

some more commercial traffic....

a small cute yacht club or summer camp with little kids out for a sail...  it's an adorable little cove....

 

Close to out destination at Summit North Marina, we pass the Chesapeake Inn. Looks busy in there....

I didn't get any more picture today, which as it turns out I regret, so you'll just have to put up with my explanation of what happened next....

We got ourselves all settled in at the marina, were chilling out and watching the darkening sky all around us, enjoyed a simple dinner of pork chops and broccoli. We made sure we pulled everything we needed to inside, and checked that our dock lines we good and secure. Then, no exaggeration, "armageddon" hit! Holy COW! The sky was black! (this is where I am so sorry I didn't think of taking pictures.) The water hit sideways and the wind just kept on coming. The electricity went out everywhere around us. No worries, we just popped on the generator. We were fine. Everything around us just blew sideways with the seriously crazy wind. It only lasted maybe an hour or less, but it was WOW! CRAZY! Thankfully, all the boats around us held in place. There were no incidents we could see. We had a reasonable amount of space around us so that we never specifically felt threatened that another boat was stretching too close to us. It was the first real storm we had ever experienced when on the boat. What an experience! We were so relieved to have been safely tied up and in a very safe place. The marina was particularly protected as it is a certified "hurrican hole". We were in very good hands.