Some pretty cool things have happened around Unforgettable this past month. Although we haven’t traveled we have had a fabulous time in the Solomons/California, MD area. The most important cool thing was actually what didn’t happen and that was Hurricane Florence. We had nary a drop of wind or rain. We will probably experience the after effects while traveling down the ICW (Inter Coastal Waterway) in a few days though. There will still be damaged marinas, high and debris filled waters, flooded towns, displaced buoys, shoaling and more changes that can make passages more dangerous.
Another cool thing was seeing a cow nose ray circling in the water by our dock. The “near threatened” species migrate to the Chesapeake Bay during the summer. I was so excited I couldn’t talk! I happened to have my purse with me and quickly dug my phone out but could not get to the phone app in time, darn!
An unusual and cool thing was Scott turning on the stove and oven for the first time! He prepared dinner for the first time in the 5 years that I have known him. He cut up and roasted potatoes all by himself and microwaved leftovers. It was such a treat to come home to a hot meal.
Scott fixed dinner because I was at hot yoga which leads me to another really cool thing which is taking yoga every day for 30 days for $30! There is a fabulous studio nearby in California, MD and I have enjoyed every single class that I have taken. I can’t say enough good things about the teachers and the atmosphere in my new “home away from home.” As a former pilates/yoga studio owner I truly appreciate this opportunity to deepen my practice. Scott has gone 4x per week and has improved greatly. What a gift this month has been to us here in the Solomons/California area.
We are also enjoying a beautiful little local Methodist church in Solomons. Pastor Dottie not only has a Masters of Divinity and Theological Studies, she is also a marine biologist and is an “Earthkeeper,” a missionary who cares for and looks after the environment. I love the way her sermons relate local Chesapeake Bay environmental features to the bible. She is pretty cool in her approach to the church and her sermons.
A surprise cool thing occurred while deploying our 15 yr. old life raft. It hadn’t been serviced in 7 years so we weren’t expecting it to do anything but it worked perfectly. It is comforting to know that we have a new light weight Winslow 4 person life raft in a valise instead of the super heavy old one that had some water damage that was revealed upon deployment.
We had a great experience with Washburn’s Boatyard over the past few weeks. Scott is super picky and thought so highly of their work and professionalism that he had lunch catered! A big thank you to everyone involved!
Another cool thing is meeting a couple at church, Dianne and Jon, who live in the Calvert’s Marina where we are docked. They live on a beautiful red, steel hulled 50′ sailboat that John built. It has been such a pleasure getting to know them. Then a super cool thing happened…they took us sailing! It was my first time actually sailing, not just sitting in a sailboat, and I loved it!!! We had really missed being on the water so it was a gorgeous day to be sailing and we saw 3 beautiful bald eagles gliding near us.
I have been working on our super cool plans for our Germany/Iceland trip and we are quite excited about exploring new countries and seeing my son, Clayton! We are still open to suggestions for Germany. I can’t wait to eat spaetzle and see the countryside. We hope to fit in a one-day Rhine River cruise so we can be on the water at least a little bit.
Today was the beginning of the Kadey-Krogen Rendezvous, a gathering of Krogen owners, former owners, and “wannabe’s”. There are several valuable classes such as Interpreting Wave Forecasts, Shore Power Safety and Technology, Weather 101: Sirius XM, Fluid Management and Testing, Hands-on Electrical Troubleshooting and many more. There’s a pet parade, Krogen Krawl where we can tour inside boats, round table discussion on the Bahamas, information on the down East Circle Loop and a live band and dance. With docktails every night it’s really is just one big party! Last year we had so much fun and made so many wonderful friends in the Krogen family. We miss our old friends on land but are lucky to have made new friends on the water!
Certainly the coolest thing of all is spending time with my wonderful daughter, Allegra! She would not like me bragging about her but I am so very proud of the wonderful woman she has become and I am so proud to be her mom! (Of course we also enjoy spending time with Brandon, her boyfriend)!