May 11, 2013

Day 200 - May 10, 2013: Deltaville and the AGLCA gathering

Today was our 200th day cruising the Great Loop on board Great Laker! It seems like we just started a few weeks ago, and yet we are still just as eager to keep going as when we started. This adventure continues to exceed our expectations.

The day opened with more sunshine and almost no wind. I setup the boat in "full dress" with all the canvas, chairs, flags and lines properly placed in anticipation of a day of relaxation. While working, I  made a new friend who came by and hung around hoping I would share a snack with him.

Great Laker in full dress
My new friend

We borrowed the very tired, but fully American and almost 20 year old Buick RoadMaster loaner car, and drove a curving two lane, tree-shaded road 3 miles into Deltaville. Here, we discovered the J&W Seafood store, where Anne bought fresh crab cakes ready to bake, plus catfish, shrimp, shrimp salad, and coleslaw. The crab cakes and coleslaw made a wonderful lunch.

Buick RoadMaster
J&W Seafood
The town is very small and peaceful, with less than one thousand full time residents; yet, it swells to several thousand during the summer with people looking to boat, fish and enjoy the waters. Surprisingly, there are ten marinas here within a few miles and another ten nearby on the tip of Stingray Point.

The marina has filled up with looper boats coming up from the AGLCA Spring Rendezvous, and I enjoyed sitting on top watching their docking maneuvers. This evening, Jack Dozier, who owns both the marina and Waterway Guides, sponsored a wine and cheese party for the loopers, and we spent time meeting other boaters and learning more about the Chesapeake Bay.

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