My, how the time does fly. Since our last entry on the barge trip we have been absorbed with the arrival of our first grand-daughter...Amelia Hanson Wright...born 30 October. Parents, Bill and Melissa have been transformed from the jet set Washington pair to a couple of sleep deprived zombies. Little Amelia joined her cousin Carson for his baptism and has begun to venture out in stroller and car seat. And, needless to say, Jean has a second reason to hop in the car for the 90 minute trip between Solomons and Arlington. More on the grandbabies later...
During the months of October and November we remained close to the Patuxent River Marina. In early October, we took Chapter III across the Chesapeake for our annual bike race in Salisbury. Two old friends embarked at the town marina for a near perfect ride in the Eastern Shore countryside. This was a busy period as Bill spent time in the hobby shop building shelving for the new home and helping out at the Three Notch Theater with stage construction. Jean became involved with social activity at Oyster Bay and occasionally, shuttled off to Washington to dispense hugs and kisses.
The big transition came in late November when we moved off the boat to the condo here at Oyster Bay. Our shift included a delightful trip up the Potomac to Old Town Alexandria. The special occasion was Thanksgiving dinner at the 18th century Gadsby Tavern just off the waterfront. Calhouns, Wrights and Lavinders joined us for a a traditional meal that we had planned to host at the new condo. Weather was great as six of us slept on the boat and explored from there. Alex and Paul helped Bill bring the boat back to Solomons on a two day trip and even got in a bit of fishing along the way. Jean and Kim loitered in DC and drove down to join us that Saturday.
Moving Day was like an early Christmas as we saw anew our entire household emerge from packing boxes for the first time in four years. The crew moved quickly and in two days we had most boxes out and had even begun hanging pictures. But, ten days later it is still hazardous to open a closet without care.
Now, you are probably wondering about Chapter III for whom this website was commissioned. She has been fully winterized, buttoned-up and festooned with holiday lights. Her slip is just beneath the balcony where Bill can keep an eye on the approaching winter conditions. We are just now beginning to plan a trip north for the summer and still will host a Christmas/New Years thing for the family in the Bahamas for 2008. Until we get back on the water, the website will go into a hibernation mode....like the two of us. Have a wonderful holiday season.