Sunday, May 8, 2016

5/08 Mothers Day and Onancock Hospitality and Boat Chores

John and Jay Davenport, our Transient Boater Assist
Happy Mothers Day!!!
When we cruised into Onancock, we decided to spend another day.  The winds are gusting to 29 on the Chesapeake with waves of 3 feet.  I am more comfortable at the dock.  As it turns out Onancock is a fabulous place to spend an extra day.

Yesterday, Ruth, the dock mistress, in Onancock told us some of the town history and mentioned there were 5 churches in town.  I asked for the Catholic church and she said it was the next town over.  Then she told us about a group of people who do transient boater assistance.  She was sure that if she called them one of them would probably be going to church.  Ruth came to the boat 1/2 hour later with the name and phone of Jay Davenport who would pick us up at 7:45 for the 8 am Mass.

As it turns out Jay is a sailor and part of the wharf committee.  We enjoyed Mass at St. Peters, where they celebrated the mothers.  Jay offered to take us for other errands but having none, we asked if there was breakfast spot.  The Sage Diner was a very busy diner.  Jay said it was always busy for breakfast and lunch.  I can see why.  I had Chesapeake Benedict eggs.  Picture Eggs Benedict but with a layer of crab over the English muffin and under the perfectly poached eggs.  Yum. 

Meanwhile, during breakfast, Jay gave us local knowledge of the Chesapeake including anchorages and sites to visit.  He knew the whole way up to the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.  The people and their hospitality in this town are not to be missed.   I am so glad we came.  I am praying for a special blessing for Jay and this town.

Of course, some down time means boat chores.  Time to wash the sheets, vacuum the rugs, dust the cabin, and Swiffer the hardwood, not to mention, John scrubbed the outside.

The best part of the day was Mothers Day calls and Skype.  Granddaughters, Anna and Abigail skyped with us.  They took their first tour of the boat by Skype.  They also did a ballet performance.  The Backmeyer clan did a conference call.  I am glad they seem to be looking forward to visiting us on the boat when we get further up the Chesapeake.  Of course, we heard  from Alicia, and we will land in Baltimore to see her.

Lat 37 degrees 42.69 North
Long 75 degrees 45.30 West

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