LAT: N 37° 21.6'
LON: W 76° 16.7'
SLOW TIMES by land and by sea
heat cannot be beat
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Splashed, Aligned and Off!

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Tim smiles as we cruise out of Norfolk

Who Is the Man? Shaft!

Our New Shaft Gets Us to a Peaceful Anchorage.

After a long morning of final engine alignments, a grocery store run and dropping of the rental car, we were finally looking ready to take off. It was 2:15pm when we actually let the lines go. It wasn't going to be a long day, but we were more than ready to put any distance under our keel. Pulling out of Norfolk, we enjoyed the matte gray display of naval power as we made our way into Chesapeake Bay. While the extreme heat and humidity was still upon us, getting out on the water provided a little relief.

Cruising again, our time on the hard seemed surreal. 11 days of hard labor in oppressive temperatures was behind us. We enjoyed the opportunities it gave us to get stuff done and to learn about an interesting small community of people and boats (and buses). And we also enjoyed getting back on track, and back into the unknown.

It was an uneventful journey which was good because we were exhausted. After long days of standing on our feet toiling we were sitting on the boat, letting her rock us to sleep. We weren't going to make a big day of it.

With a favorable tide we made about eight knots and arrived four and half hours later in Horn Harbor on the western shore of the Chesapeake. The tiny channel was lined with numerous osprey nests, which made for an enjoyable entry. The tiny harbor was lined with houses and docks and we found a suitable anchor spot in some shallow water. Still drained from our time on the hard, we set up some chairs on the bow, and soaked in some much needed Slowly enjoyment time. A great blue heron croaked on shore as we sipped gin and tonics and ate pretzels. Reminded of the joys of boating, we contemplated how a much smaller vessel might still yield these joys of hanging out at anchor.

Animal of the Day

This Tersa Sphinx moth, Xylophanes tersa, may have eaten your garden as a caterpillar but as a moth it gathers nectar from flowers like butterflies. It is of the family Sphingidae which includes some of the fastest flying insects. They also have a long specialized proboscis. They are named after the Sphinx because as caterpillars they have two larger spots that look like eyes and they are said to resemble the Sphinx in their resting position. The larvae also have a "horn" on their bottom and are often known as hornworms.

Grub Report

Near East Couscous Roasted Garlic and Olive Oil, Johnsonville New Orleans Sausages (we apparently live on sausages), Food Lion yellow onion, fresh summer squash from a vegetable garden in West Norfolk, Crate and Barrel Black Pepper Maldon Sea Salt.

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