Our niece, Christine and her fiance, Harry, had a beautiful wedding on a chilly Saturday evening. (Needless to say, the sleeveless dresses were a bit of a regret in face of the cool weather.) After a pig pickin' rehearsal dinner on Friday, we had time on Saturday to help with some wedding day chores before heading out to the ceremony, which was beautiful. The reception took place in Winston-Salem's Millenium Center, which formerly housed the main post office, a bit ironic, since the father of bride spent his career working for the post office. We managed to stay for most of the festivities, but we couldn't keep up with the young ones, saying our goodbyes and best wishes to the happy couple before heading home.
When weather delayed our travels up the coast on Marianna, we made arrangements to travel to Richmond to help our son and his family move into their new home. Much of the boxes had already been taken over in small trips during the preceding week, so the day was spent mostly in moving the furniture and appliances, as well as unpacking boxes. Dave took on a project of wiring 2 new outliets for TV mounts, working with our son's brother-in-law to reinforce the studs to support the installation and with Droz helping with the wiring, which he was getting pretty good at. Cathy spent time with the kids, helping them sort out where to put things away in their rooms. By evening, we had put in a long day's work, but the house was beginning to come together. We drove home glad we were able to be there to help.
After several weather windows for an outside run had disappeared into thin air, we were beginning to wonder whether Marianna was going to make it north any time soon. Finally, another opportunity appeared and we made plans to take advantage of it. By the evening of the 13th, we had loaded the last of our stuff on Marianna, and had stuffed the fridge full of food. One way or the other, we were leaving Tuesday morning. But once again, the outside forecast looked iffy, so we resigned ourselves to a trip up the bay. We initially aimed for Solomons, MD, not expecting to arrive until after 10pm. However, as we evaluated the Wednesday forecast, it seemed to be a better decision to make it an overnight run into Annapolis.
With a few more travel days to go, we are within sight of the goal of Newburyport and the Merrimac River. With any luck, the weather will get us there in less than a week.
Although we originally were planning on leaving the bimini down until we returned, with the delay in our departure, Cathy finally pulled it out, re-stitched any seams that were questionable and put it up for the season. With no enclosure panels in place, it was easy to waterproof it, and the rain the next day proved that it was doing its job. The next job to tackle was the Cetol on the woodwork, which Cathy managed to put on a little more than half of the wood on deck. The remainder will wait until we return.
Finally, you may notice, some variability in the pictures taken for this entry. Cathy's camera finally died and was replaced. While we were waiting for the replacement, she had to use Dave's phone and her tablet. Now that the new one is here, it's a matter of getting used to it and its capabilities. It won't take too long, though.