Monday, April 27, 2009
After a great extended weekend on the boat from Friday evening through Sunday, it's back to work to a conference today. And then tomorrow I'll be leaving to drive up to the Virginia and Maryland area.
The weekend was great with warm temperatures and a light breeze. Just enough of a breeze to keep the gnats and mosquitoes away. There were long walks on the beach, several naps, good dinners, and lots of reading.
After a winter of relative solitude at our favorite anchorage, the first party groups of the season were out on Saturday. There were probably about 35 boats at the beach. And the afternoon of loud music, horseshoes, bikini clad young women, and lots of beer culminated with loud cheers for a streaker who ran down the beach. I haven't seen anyone streak in a long time and was glad that we were on the sail boat and not on the beach when it happened. Finally, at around 6:30 PM, the party boats left for the day, leaving us alone except for a couple of campers in tents. Peace at last!
The vacation starts tomorrow. There's an obligation to attend a burial at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon. And then we'll travel over to the Eastern shore of Maryland to spend three or four days on Smith Island. It's an isolated island community of watermen. I've been going there for a couple of years in January so this will be the first spring visit. Hopefully, the soft shell crab will be running although it may be a bit early for them. Regardless, we always eat well on Smith Island. From the $2.00 church supper of fried chicken, to oysters and crab, topped off with the 10 layered cakes made by the island women, we never go hungry. It will be good to see some of the islanders that we've made friends with. Another place of relative isolation where we can walk, sleep late, read, and relax without hype.
I may not be able to get internet while on Smith Island. But I'll post some photos and some descriptions of what we've been doing whenever I can.
I hope that all you bloggers are enjoying some spring sights and sounds.