Recently, we were asked “What is your biggest surprise?” Both Steve and I took some time to think about this before we answered, “Just how much we like this lifestyle”. It is true. We do love living on Gypsies Palace and do not regret a thing. We don’t miss our house, yardwork, Home Depot or any of the other routine tasks that were part of our life. Not too long ago, we needed to rent a car and drive back to Florida. We felt the tension from the traffic pace and just the amount of cars on the highway. Now this is somewhat ironic for me since I was driving 30,000 miles a year in my job and faced this routinely. Right now what we love most of all is being a Looper and taking the journey with others and the slower pace at 10 mph.
I have to apologize as there is a big gap in my timeline of where we have been and what we have been doing. May was basically a miserable weather month for us Floridians. We were in Maryland and it was highs in the 50’s, rainy, windy and just plain bone chilling cold to us. Thankfully, the boat has heat! Maybe that is another big surprise: how cold it has been. Notwithstanding, we did some really fun things though.
The Chesapeake has so much for boaters and we are convinced that we will spend next summer exploring it, but not in May! We liked Solomon’s Island and that was popular with all of the Loopers. We met up with friends in Annapolis that were our neighbors in Boca. They had lived in MD and wanted to show us the ropes on eating crab – hard shell, soft shell and even soft shell clams. With the Old Bay we were one delicious mess.
Another place good for exploring is St. Michaels, but next year we would anchor and dinghy in due to the high cost of the dockage. This is a very cool place with lots of restaurants. We then spent 3 days in Baltimore at the Inner Harbor. We went to an Oriole game at Camden Yards and had spectacular seats thanks to our neighbors. There is so much to explore in that area. We loved Little Italy and the amazing food. We also walked around Fells Point all the while sampling crab cakes.
One of the most important things about traveling by boat is to always be looking ahead on the weather. The plan is to get through the large bodies of water without a lot of wind and waves. We headed up to Delaware City on the C&D canal, which joins the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay. The Delaware Bay is particularly tricky due to managing the current, tides and wind. Fortunately, at the Delaware City Marina there is a character named, Tim, that is the marina operator. Boats are lined up at his docks and he has his own way of organizing the boats to avoid current and ease of leaving the dock. Every day at 5 p.m. he holds a “boater’s meeting” to discuss the specifics of Delaware Bay and to determine if the next morning is “Go” or “No”. We stayed 3 days on his dock waiting for “Go”. By the last meeting he was serving everyone wine as the group had grown so large. Tim gets everyone moving in the morning to make way for more boats. He wants to know “Who is leaving at 5:30?” He then gets a boat off the dock every 15 minutes. We were the 8:00 people and by then, most of the boats had left that were leaving. While we were there Jazzy got groomed and we actually ate the best crab cakes ever! For a small little town we enjoyed our stay there.
One of the more interesting aspects of the Loop is the people you meet. We met a guy that is Looping in his dinghy! Can you imagine? He can even sleep on it. Uh, no thanks……..
Everywhere you go you always take the weather with you…..Jimmy Buffett