We have broken from the pattern of weekly reporting by this cruising couple that had lots of new and exciting things to say. For this three month summary our tale will be one of wishing we were off on the trail, but thankful to have a pause to reconnect with family and friends here in the central Chesapeake. Our slip at the West Basin Marina on NAS Patuxent River has been a wonderful base of operations. From here we have been able to check the progress on our condo across the river, hail many new and old cruising friends that are passing thru and, importantly, be arround for the arrival of Carson Lee Lavinder, our new grandson.
The month of May saw a baby shower hosted by the Lavinder clan in North Carolina. The new parents have been doing everything right from the start; it is surprising that they survived babyhood themselves with all the safety considerations today. And, certainly we all should have bought stock in Babies-R-Us. The blessed event came on Sunday, 24 June and baby Carson became the star of the show and major attraction for trips up to Arlington. With Melissa and Bill expecting in October, it was time to get Jean her own car...before she ran the tires off the truck. Her new Acura fills the bill
Bill had a road trip to Manchester in June to help Kim with a move and attend grandson Alex' graduation. He is off to Colombia in the Fall. While there, grandpa attended a family day at their crew facility. Paul helped the old man climb into the shell and patiently oversaw his attempt at rowing. The boys are working hard this summer and growing into fine young men.
About once a month, we take the boat over to our slip at the condo in Solomons for the weekend. The unit is finished on the outside and decisions on tile, carpet and lighting have been made. We expect to move in by Thanksgiving and it will be a treat to finally see our stored furniture. In the meantime, the residents have accepted us into their social circle. The Solomons side is a hub for cruisers. On one weekend we gathered with four couples, whose mutual histories go back forty years together, for a boat outing and dinner at a local crab house. It was wonderful to catch up.
Our stay in one place for a while has provided new opportunities. Jean has become a regular at the base gym; Bill at the wood hobby shop. They have taken in local productions and summer concerts and Bill has helped with the set work for the nearby little theater. But most of all, July and August' high temperature and humidity has us longing for Maine and maritime Canada. Perhaps, next year.