St. Michaels Maryland on Memorial Day weekend. That’s where we have been for the last few days, enjoying the local color, the maritime museum and the views, both aboard and on shore. I have to say that this resort community on the Eastern Shore is a really wonderful place to visit, on season or off. Our last visit here was after Labor Day if I recall and aside from the hotter temperatures, its going to get up to the high 80s today, it’s a really wonderful place. After recalling all of our Memorial Day trips aboard over the years and the stunningly cold water of Long Island Sound, the nearly 80 degree water here, so early in the season, is quite a contrast.
With the summer sailing season just getting into swing up in New England, we’ve been sailing for over a month now. What a difference in mentality with the marinas switching to summer rates as of April 1st. In a short time Pandora will head up to Mystic CT for a month and then on to Maine for August.
I started a new business several month ago with a long time associate from my days at Dowden Health Media. Our business is focused on working with medical societies and university education departments with whom we will be developing educational programs for health care providers including physicians and others.
The reason that I mention this is that my partner Cathy and I are working hard and are committed to keeping the business “virtual” as long as we can. It’s been hard work but rewarding so far. When I say virtual, I mean that we want to be able to work where ever we are. In my case, that means working aboard Pandora some of the time.
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to work aboard and now I can, at least part of the time. It’s hard to stay focused when you are surrounded by so many distractions. However, when the fear of new business failure lurking, staying focused is easier than you would think. Actually, the hardest thing has been the heat but when we are away from the dock, working has been a fairly straight forward affair with conference calls and other activities.
A big help has also been the installation of a cell phone booster that I had installed over the winter when Pandora’s mast was out for painting. The booster has already proven it’s worth as local cell coverage is spotty on the bay around Annapolis. For example, in the slip where we have been keeping Pandora, I am lucky to get one bar on my phone. However, slip the phone into the cradle and I have three bars. That’s the difference between clear and dropped calls. Something that’s critical when the calls are for business.
Anyway, enough about work. The local sights of St. Michaels are wonderful with shady tree lined streets with historic homes lining the quiet side streets. Here’s a few pictures of some homes that caught my eye.
Very few brick homes around here. This one was moved from another location a few years ago. Really quite unusual for the area.
We have admired this home during past visits. Notice the arts and crafts fans as well as the outdoor floor lamp. Really a great place to sit and drink iced tea or perhaps an “adult beverage”.
Oh yeah. Last night we had a bunch of steamed crabs, Maryland style. What a mess. When I asked the guy at the fish market how many we should buy to be sure we had enough, his answer was. “My grandfather used to say “you eat crabs until you are tired, not until you are full”. That’s about right, as I got tired after an hour of picking and yet could have eaten more.
I also want to mention a great tip that my friend and fellow SAGA owner Keith told me about getting water without going to a dock. That’s a particularly important thing for us as we tend to run out of water faster than fuel and going to a busy fuel dock just to get water in the tanks makes us unpopular with some. Kieth suggested that I get some collapsible jugs and just fill them when I am ashore. What a great idea. It takes just a few minutes to fill four of five gallon jugs and pouring them into the boat with a large funnel is a snap. I can’t believe that it took 30 years of sailing to learn this. Not news to you? It sure is for me. Now water usage isn’t as much of an issue aboard Pandora. Besides, going to a dock isn’t Brenda’s favorite things so getting water this way is one less “career limiting move” for me too.
Tonight we head back up north to the Magothy river for a visit with some friends and the next day, back home and to reality. However in about a week it will be time to head up to Mystic as our next home away from home.