We went home to Minnesota in June to see the boys, Jeff's mom and siblings, friends, church, and all the rest of our life on land. After two weeks, Jeff flew back to Rock Hall, Maryland, on the Eastern Shore of Chesapeake Bay where we had left the boat. He returned with banners for his chartering business - TrawlerTime - and lots of brochures to distribute around town. He got creative with Yelp, Vrbo, Airbnb, and other social media and ended up getting a number of "picnic cruises," taking people out for two hours and feeding them lunch. He spent time with old friends from MN and the Bahamas who keep their boats in Rock Hall in the summer and made lots of new friends in town.
Sally spent some more time in Dry Dock then drove East, stopping in Ohio to see her high school friend, Carol, in Cleveland. It was a great visit with lots of laughter with Carol and her mom, good walking around the neighborhood with birds and lakes, and time to reconnect and remember lots of old times. Then it was off to the Adirondacks to share Pine Bluff with my sister, father, and friends for a week.
David and Adam both managed to clear their schedules for the last two weeks of July and they drove out to Maryland, picked up Jeff, and drove to Indian Lake in the Adirondacks for a wonderful time at the lake with their grandfather and many of the Camp Sabael cousins and friends. It is always good to be back at one of the most special places in the world, hiking to the OK Slip, climbing Baldy, swimming in the clear water, ice cream at the Lake Store, and reading on the porch.
She flew East again to Vermont to see family and borrow a car to attend her medical school reunion in New Hampshire. Even though she was the only one there from her class, she had a good time seeing a classmate who lives nearby and staying with cousin Betsy. Then she flew to Baltimore and back to the boat.
After attending the Hampton Snowbird Rendezvous, seeing old friends and learning lots, we headed back down the Dismal and made it across the Albemarle on a good day. We're now tucked into a marina on the Neuse River and plan to go explore New Bern, NC, in the next day or so. Then on to Charleston, SC, where we'll leave the boat and fly back to MN for Adam's senior Comp presentation at Carleton, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. We'll be back on the boat in January to go to Florida and make the jump to the Bahamas! The adventures continue. Sally