It's been a fast and furious several days on Gypsies so today has been deemed a day of rest - we're anchored back up in the Chickahominy River with no one in sight other than the wildlife and we don't plan on dropping the dink, exploring or doing much of anything today other than sunning and relaxing. Tomorrow we hook back up with September Song who is still at Kingsmill enjoying their last day with Bob's daughter Patti and her kids Brianne and Austin. We will pick them up on our way out the James when we head up into the Chesapeake Bay!
But let me catch you up - Saturday Bob and his daughters and grandchildren all headed out to Busch Gardens for the day while Doug, Stephanie and I went shopping for Bob's birthday party and then cooked for the rest of the day in anticipation of a great night full of surprises. At this point we think Bob just thought they were having a small family bday party that night - when he got back from an exhausting day of amusement park rides, he was greeted by Trudy and Steen of Shenanigans (cruising friends we had seen earlier that week in the Chick) who had driven over from Norfolk to help him celebrate complete with a cooler full of champagne!!!
The next morning we were a little slow to motivate but when we did it suddenly dawned on us that our musician friends from Key West, Scott Kirby and Dave Edmisten, were playing in Solomons Island that afternoon - Norm and Vicki had reminded us of this the night before. Well it finally dawned on us that if TideHiker had driven down from there for Bob's party, it couldn't be that far away (did I say we were a little slow that morning?) so Doug and I looked at each other and realized there was really only one thing to do - ROADTRIP!!! We quickly got ready, fed the cats, said our goodbyes to all the September Song gang, jumped in the car (which we still had from Doug's sister Dale - thanks again Dale!) and headed north - but not before I grabbed my contact case just on the way off chance that we would wind up having too much fun to drive back that night (good call as it turned out). Three hours later we were enjoying a coldie on the outside deck of Catamarans one of our favorite happy hour hotspots in Solomons Island!!! Scott and Dave were playing at the Southern Maryland Sailing Association which didn't open until 3:00 pm so we bided our time enjoying a beautiful day at Solomons (where we have spent a fair amount of time so know our way around - the bars anyways!)
We got to the bar at 3:01 since we didn't want anyone to think we were anxious to see those guys - a bunch of other people had already beaten us there but we were still able to grab a table close to the front.
www.scottkirby.com when it comes out for ordering info!!!!). We've already got our order in!!! Right before the show was about to start I came back from the bar to find Diane, Tom and Dan Lombardo walking in the door - for those of you who follow the blog, you may remember that Dan wrote and sang an amazing song for us at our bon voyage party and Tom and Diane met us on Gypsies and took us out for dinner when we were in Solomons on our trip down the coast last Fall. It was just too cool to run into those guys!!!
The concert as always was wonderful - for those of you that don't know Scott and Dave's music, I really suggest you check them out - not only are they amazingly talented musicians, but they are just about the nicest and most fun guys you'll ever meet.
We slunk back to the boat in the same clothes as we had set off in the day before feeling a little guilty as we had forgot to call September Song to let them know we were staying over until it was way too late to call (we did try and send an email though!) and knowing the boat kitties would not be amused (they had plenty of food and water but couldn't believe we had stayed out all night)!!! OOPS!! We told them it was Uncle Scotty's fault which they pretty readily believed - it may have happened once or twice before I guess!!! A little worse for the wear after just a couple hours sleep, we got the boat ready to head out, said a tearful goodbye to September Song (only kidding - after all we really haven't been separated from them for about 4 months, we'll be seeing them again tomorrow and we promised to talk today!) and then headed back up to the Chickahominy River to anchor in peace. We figure if no one is around, we can relax - right? Wrong!!! Last night we had Doug's family out to the boat for dinner - they all arrived in Luke's boat around 7:00 pm
Now you can understand why today is a day of rest - we are fairly sun driven on Gypsies meaning we're up early especially with the boat rooster and early to call it a night once the sun has set. Four nights in a row of staying up past midnight has taken a slight toll - we and the boat kitties want to just hang out and chill today!! We have declared it pizza night tonight and plan on an early evening before we head out in the morning down the James to pick up September Song to head off to points still unknown - maybe later I'll get out a chart and check out where looks interesting....
Click here to see our anchorage in the Chickahominy River
Happy Birthday, Dee Dee!!!
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