Leaving downtown Washington DC we were going to pass right by Mt Vernon and had to stop. It was Memorial Day weekend but we arrived early and tied up at one of the two spots on the dock at the waterfront to George Washington’s home.
We purchased tickets online as we were walking up to the visitor center and surprisingly snagged space on a tour that began within an hour of our arrival. We have certainly lucked out with last minute tour/ticket availability this past week. No pictures were allowed inside the mansion and the entire front of the home was under restoration but the tour was very informative and of course waking the grounds was impressive. We even toured the gristmill and distillery where grains are processed and spirits are still made today.
After our time at Mt Vernon we headed down the Potomac to Mattawoman Creek, MD for the night. The next morning we rose early and went 56 miles (~8 hours) to Canoe Neck Creek. This was a small bay full of various birds and offered great protection from the forecasted thunderstorms. From there we did another 53 miles to Solomon Island, which put us back in Chesapeake Bay. Our side trip up and down the Potomac River was officially complete.
We left SIYC needing fuel. We could press on to Annapolis or stop short where fuel was slightly cheaper. With the threat of thunderstorms (yes again) and an added bonus of “small isolated tornadoes” we decided to stop south of Annapolis at Herrington Shores. Here we filled up on fuel, pulled into a marina slip and sat on the boat in the AC for the rest of the afternoon. It was just too hot and humid to do much else.
Our next stop was Annapolis. We grabbed a mooring ball right off of downtown and the US Naval Academy for one night. We then moved to a free dock a few miles south for several nights. The free dock was courtesy of old friends of Kent's (Gavin & Holly) from his days in San Diego who live just south of the downtown Annapolis area.
Annapolis is where the US Naval Academy (USNA) is so we signed up for a walking tour one day and then went back the next day to give the museum at the academy the time it deserved. The walking tour was very good, allowing us into many of the building and giving us a good sense of what it would be like to attend there. The museum we had seen 10+ years ago. It has since been updated and the new displays are done very well. The highlight is still the ship model collection, which is the largest collection of 17th and 18th century models in North America.
It has been fun to have friends visit us but it just as nice when we can stop by and see those who live along the route we are traveling. Kent, Gavin and Holly reminisced about their time in San Diego, we meet their kids and we greatly appreciate them letting us stay at their community dock for a few days.
The heat has certainly been turned on around the Chesapeake Bay area and we are now looking to move a bit faster north. We will next go through the C&D canal, pass through Delaware Bay and travel up the coast of New Jersey. This will require planning and patience for good weather and while we hear it does not claim to be the most scenic portion of The Loop we will make the most of it. Stay tuned and until the next post or you can always see where we are with the Track Us button.