Once docked, we wasted no time in heading to the Farmer’s Market, where Pat stocked up on fresh vegetables and we took in the many vendors there. Although we were all tired, this was Pat and Fred’s first real access to a grocery store, so they spent the afternoon getting more provisions at Harris Teeter, while we worked out our plans for traveling to Virginia by land. Orion would stay put in Charleston for a month.
We got together on Marianna for a goodbye dinner Saturday evening. Pat and Fred were moving on the next day, and we were all tired, so it was of necessity an early night. We said a reluctant goodbye the next morning. Fred had decided to make an outside run, but was uncertain about the weather further north, so he wasn’t sure what destination he would commit to. Shortly after leaving, Dave radio’d him on the VHF to give him the weather forecast information from the internet. What he didn’t realize until well into his transmission was that a number of boats were listening in – and were very grateful for the information. He agreed with Fred to contact him in the afternoon again via ham radio, specifically to allow the other boats to listen in. Another Chris Parker (marine radio weather forecaster) is born.
We never expected to find that our best option for traveling to Virginia was going to be the train – a fast 6 ½ hour trip from Charleston to Petersburg. We just had to get to the station in Charleston, and our daughter would pick us up on the other end. Lynn and Ken from Restless were gracious enough to help us out with a ride to the station early Monday morning. We spent an hour catching up with this couple whom we had met first in Atlantic Highlands last summer. They had spent their first cruising winter in Charleston with their new grandchild and were soon to head north again the first of May, so we were glad we got to spend a little time with them before they were off.
As for the train ride, it was an easy relaxing trip up (and back). We hope to do this more often.
So, we finally arrived in Jarratt to meet our newest grandson, Troy Brendan. He was growing fast, having his 1 month birthday while we were there. (No cake, though.) We also enjoyed spending time with Jayden and Droz, as they are getting bigger and smarter every day. We spent a day entertaining Jayden, which was a lot of fun and then Dave got to “walk home” with Droz from school. (Note that “home” is over 10 miles away. They stopped instead at the Dollar store.) We felt lucky to be in town for an awards night for one of Droz’s after school programs. It was a great visit with the entire family.
In Charleston for a while
We’ll spend the next 2 weeks in Charleston, when the Maritime Festival clears out the marina, and we need to start moving north again. Until then, we won’t mind enjoying this wonderful city.