Escaping Elsa

Finally, we are moving and in uncharted (for us) territory. We have traveled a whole 60 miles north to the Solomons.  A place Jim and I have not visited by land or sea.  It is a boating “hot spot” and along our path north so it works.

We moved for three main reasons, we wanted to move before Tropical Storm Elsa reached Deltaville.  If still there,  we might be stuck for several more days waiting for the weather to calm to our liking. 

The marina inthe Solomons said it was good we reserved a spot yesterday as they have decided to leave the rest of the dock open during the coming storm.  This will be our second tropical storm .  The first was just lots of rain.  The wind forecast does not seem that great,but folks seem to be paying attention.  More to learn.

Secondly,  we had done all the projects we could stand.  The important things that needed doing were finished, plus we added a chart plotter (think of it as breadcrumb trails) to the dinghy so we don’t get lost when we go play.  And, the dinghy also got a very good cleaning. We have also arranged for an upholstery person to recover most of the cushions on the boat and add a removable enclosure to the cockpit.   This work will be done in October when we head south and come back to New Mexico for a time. Still picking fabrics.  Oh so hard…  There are an infinite number of chores, but we have done enough for now.

The dinghy got a good cleaning and looks so much better.  Now, we need to use it!

Thirdly, the yard asked when we were leaving as they had two boats coming today and needed the dock space.   Perfect timing to head north and meet Elsa a bit later.

Before leaving we did have a genealogy day.  Shockingly, I have some ancestors who had money.  I found two plantations still standing in Middlesex County, Virginia.  These were homes for my 7th great grandparents, or built with their fortunes. Funny that both are rentable via VRBO.  One is where my 7th great grandmother Mary Armistead mrried her second husband Colonel William Churchill at Roseville on Oct 5th, 1705. The plantation bonged to her first husband Ralph Wormly II.

Roseville Plantation, near Urbana Virginia. There were mo trespassing signs,but it is a VRBO, so we would fein checking it out fir a family reunion.

At some point the Churchill’s built Bushy Park Plantation which has since burned. However, with the fortune of William Churchill, his grandson built Wilton House, apparently an authentic preservation (as opposed to restoration) of the original property built in 1763. Also available via VRBO so we had to check it out.

Wilton House. Lots of interesting articles on the house and its preservation.

Although not built by my ancestor, it was built with the money created by my ancestors and sadly their many slaves as one could not have this wealth any other way.

Interestingly, the local Christ Church (Anglican) records from the 1600’s in this area show the births with dates and names of many of the slaves. Of course this does not change the fact that they owned slaves, but does at least provide a glimpse of humanity for these people. Better than a slave register that just list sex and an age range.

On a lighter subject, I now have a little herb garden on the boat. I MUST have some plants. So far, so good.

We now have rosemary, thyme, oregano and basil. And a gerogeous ornamental ginger.

And, we found our upholstery person Sharon through Chad, the mechanic working on our boat. We go to visit her to look at fabric and she shows us one of the boats Chad is working on outside of work. A Hydroplane Racing League boat. I know Chad did remote control boats, but not this. He is a mechanic and not the driver, but still quite impressive. These things will so 170 mph. That is scary fast for a small boat weighing less that a thousand pounds. Carbon fibre 2m3 liter pinto engine.

Piloted by Scott Luddycoat. The league races mostly in Canada so these guys travel a long way to each race.

And to top things off, the thermometer outside the marina office. A 4th reason to head farther north.

Tomorrow, a bike ride to a garden, the maritime museum and the boat store to pick up 1/2″ double braid line for our new boat finders. Then,bunker inundated wait for Elsa.


Escaping Elsa — 2 Comments

  1. Nothing clever to say-LOL-just glad you are finally on the move towards fun. Dingy looks lovely

  2. Best of luck on avoiding the storm. Glad you’re enjoying life. I love the history of your ancestors.