May 15, 2013

Day 204 - May 14, 2013: Solomons Island, Maryland and Zahniser's Yachting Center

Nature can be incredibly still at night, and away from city noise with no wind and just a sliver of a moon, we both slept extremely well. Early in the morning, we reluctantly departed this area, but started down the St. Mary's River, went out around Point Lookout, and turned north up the bay.

Large home and grounds along the St. Mary's River
Point Lookout Light
After cruising north and entering the Patuxent River, we passed the Patuxent River Naval Air Systems Command, which hosts the Naval Air Warfare Center, a test pilot school, and numerous other test range and simulated warfare capabilities. We watched as Navy jets screamed past overhead on training runs circling out over the bay. Our destination was Zahniser's Yachting Center in Solomons, Maryland.

After arriving, Anne headed for the laundromat, and I began trying to diagnose a problem with our stern thruster. This required examining the propeller underneath the swim platform in 60 degree water. Unfortunately, due to the record cold spring, this was only the second time on the trip I had a chance to get into a swim suit for the purposes of getting wet! Then, we rode bikes out around the island to get more familiar with what we would see tomorrow.


Zahniser's Yachting Center on the left
Larry checking the stern thruster prop in 60 degree water

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